Bowdoin Hires Director of Library Special Collections and Archives

Story posted September 08, 1999

Bowdoin has hired Richard H.F. Lindemann to the newly created position of director of special collections and archives, effective Sept. 15.

Lindemann was hired after an extensive one-year national search. His appointment represents a major step in a seven-year effort to properly catalogue, care for and make available to scholars and the public the library's distinguished collections of rare books, archival material and manuscripts, including the Sen. George J. Mitchell Collection. One of Lindemannís first tasks will be to hire a full-time archivist, another new position.

The libraryís rare book collection includes a rare four-volume set of Audubonís "Birds of America" with original engravings, as well as manuscripts from Hawthorne and Longfellow. The Library also houses more than 3,000 linear feet of archival documents related to the history of the college. And the Mitchell collection continues to grow as Mitchell sends more documents and memorabilia chronicling his lifeís work.

Lindemann brings to Bowdoin more than 15 years' experience in the field of special collections and archives management. He comes to Bowdoin from the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego. There, he most recently served as associate director and head of technical services, and oversaw preservation activities for Special Collections holdings, as well as the Electronic Services division in Special Collections, which develops digital products for the web.

Previously, Lindemann served as instructor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia; reference archivist in special collections at Emory University; assistant university archivist in the Department of Manuscripts and University Archives and head of public services in the Special Collections Department at the University of Virginia Alderman Library; and Special Collections Librarian at University of California, San Diego.

Lindemann earned a bachelor of arts degree with honors in history at the University of Georgia, a master's degree and doctorate in Medieval European History at the University of Virginia and an M. Librarianship at Emory University. He also holds a certificate from the Modern Archives Institute of the National Archives and Records Administration. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists. He has participated on panels and programs at local, regional and national archival and library conferences, has served as a consultant on archival practices and has contributed numerous articles to scholarly publications.

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