Brent F. Ashworth
Brent F. Ashworth is a nationally known autograph collector and dealer of U. S. historical documents and Mormon history related material. He has assisted the Glenn Beck organization, the LDS Church History Library, BYU Library Special Collections, the UVU Library Special Collections, State History Division, including the Utah State Archives and other major institutions. He has recently assisted Beck with his first three history museums, starting with “Man in the Moon” at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, over the July 4th holiday in 2013, the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination in conjunction with the Mercury One Convention at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas, in November 2013, and the “Miracles and Massacres” Museum held at Beck’s Mercury One Studios in October 2014. In November 2013, Ashworth also appeared on Beck’s special show on collecting, along with David Barton and Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars. Ashworth is a noted philanthropist in Utah among historical organizations and libraries and is a community leader.
Janet B. Bradford has been a Music and Dance Librarian at BYU since the mid-1980s. She has a BA from BYU in Music Theory and Composition with post-graduate studies in musicology. Her MLS degree is from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Janet was raised in Geneva, Idaho, and currently lives in Orem with her husband, Daron and their cat, Max. Their daughter, Emily, is currently serving a mission in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a step-mom to four and grandmother of twelve, and sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Together with his wife, Georgia, Rob established Tryst Press, a letterpress publishing studio located in Provo, Utah. In 1993 they hung out their shingle and started to do business with one second-hand work table ($8, bright orange, nearly as heavy as a car), a fistful of linoleum cutting supplies, and a dream to produce beautiful modern books and papers using traditional techniques. Inspired by the genius of William Morris, they soon procured antique printing equipment and began to create an exciting body of work. Since then, Tryst Press has grown from a dusty basement experiment to a flourishing production and design house
Valerie Buck is the Rare Literature Cataloger at Brigham Young University. Besides working daily with rare books, she is involved in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Her research interests particularly include authors, book history, and literature of the nineteenth century.
Bob Freeman has been a member of the Religion faculty at Brigham Young University since 1996. He comes from the ranks of Church Educational System and had assignments in Southern California and Arizona teaching and both the Seminaries and Institutes of the Church. Over the nearly twenty years of his service at BYU he has taught courses in the Doctrine and Covenants, Teachings of the Living Prophets and on the legacy of Latter-day Saint service in the military. His research agenda has reflected this same emphasis. His primary emphasis has come through a research project entitled Saints at War which he has directed for nearly fifteen years. It was begun in the year 2000 by him and now retired colleague Dr. Dennis A. Wright.
An archive has been established in the Harold B. Lee Library with over 3,000 accounts of veterans. The project has been a partner with the national Veterans History Project which is operated through the Library of Congress. The research has resulted in several book works and documentaries. Included in this number are Saints at War: World War II; Saints at War: Korea and Vietnam; German Saints at War; Nineteenth Century Saints at War and Inspiring Stories of Saints at War. In addition, several servicemen’s conferences and several exhibits have been organized as an extension of the research.
Dr. Mark Jackson spent his first 10 years at BYU as a professor in the Geography Department, teaching and researching in the areas of applied Geographic Information Systems, digital image processing, geospatial literacy, and volunteered geographic information (VGI). For the past five years he has overseen the Harold B. Lee Library’s map collection, including efforts to digitize historic maps and make them available for analysis. He also oversees a group of students who aid BYU faculty and students with map making and spatial analysis.
Maggie Kopp is Curator of Rare Books at L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library, where she is responsible for the European historical collections and rare British and American literature. She is the curator of the Lee Library’s current exhibit, Victorian Illustrators: from Sketch to Print. She holds an MA from Fordham University and an MLS from the University of Texas at Austin.
Connie Lamb has worked at the BYU Lee Library for over 34 years. She is currently a subject specialist with responsibility for Anthropology, Middle East Studies, African Studies, and Womens Studies. She is also an adjunct curator of women’s manuscript collections in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Connie earned a BA in biology and Master’s degrees in library science, international relations (Middle East emphasis) and anthropology. She is active in several professional associations related to librarianship and her subject areas, serving as an officer in most of them over the years. Connie has given many papers and presentations at conferences and workshops, is an editor of the Comparative Civilizations Review journal and has published two book-length bibliographies, and several articles and book reviews.
Mary Ann Maxwell
Mary Ann A. Maxwell is a librarian at the Orem Public Library. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in French, English, and Latin Renaissance literature. She taught humanities courses at BYU for many years. Her research interests include early modern European culture, especially religion and literature; the classical tradition from the middle ages to the present; and the history of rhetoric.
Robert L. Maxwell
Robert L. Maxwell is a regular presenter at the A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference. He is one of the Library’s rare materials catalogers and is curator of the Orson Scott Card Collection. He holds a PhD in Classics from University of Toronto, and a JD, an MA, and an MLS. from Brigham Young University. He also received his BA from BYU in French and Latin.
Robert Means is the English Language and Literature Librarian at BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library. His interest in English Literature, and especially Great War writing, came to him one evening (ca. 1977) when, as a teenager, he tuned into the PBS poetry program Anyone for Tennyson? and caught the episode entitled “Men Who Marched Away,” a program of Great War Poetry (the title was a variation on Thomas Hardy’s poem, “Men Who Marched Away”). After his first encounter with Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and the rest of the company, Robert would never be the same.
Kohleen Reeder Jones
Kohleen Reeder Jones is the Head Conservator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Harold B. Lee Library. Her experience with conservation began as an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University where she worked at the HBLL Conservation Lab. Kohleen holds a BA in Visual Arts from BYU, and completed a MA in Conservation Studies at West Dean College in England. She has completed conservation internships at the Frick Art Reference Library, the LDS Church History Library, University of Durham, and the National Library of Scotland. From 2006 to 2008 she worked as a Postgraduate Research Associate in Paper Conservation at the Yale Center for British Art, where she completed a research project and wrote a chapter published in the award-winning exhibition catalogue, Mrs. Delany and Her Circle. Previous to her return to BYU in Spring 2013, she worked for four and a half years as a Book and Paper Conservator at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library.
Gregory Seppi is a rare book acquisitions specialist at the Church History Library. He earned an MA in the History of Medicine from Oxford Brookes University in 2011, and will began for a Master of Library Science degree in August 2014. He also holds a BA in History from Brigham Young University (2010). Following a successful internship at the Church History Library in 2012, he was hired into his current position in 2013. His research interests include the history of LDS publishing and printing (especially ephemera), contemporary LDS culture, and the history of eugenics.
Dr. Skabelund joined the history department in 2006 after completing a PhD in modern Japanese history at Columbia University and a postdoctoral fellowship with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at Hokkaido University. His first book project examines the social and cultural history of Western and Japanese empires by analyzing the actual and metaphorical deployment of dogs. In a second project, he explores the history of the Japan’s post-Second World War military, commonly known as the Self-Defense Force, by focusing on three issues: the SDF’s complicated and uneven relationship with the U.S. military; the continuities and ruptures between the current armed forces and its predecessor, the Imperial military; and the SDF’s relationship with postwar society. Skabelund’s publications include Inu no teikoku: Bakumatsu Nippon kara gendai made (Empire[s] of Dogs: From Bakumatsu Nippon to the Present), trans. Motohashi Tetsuya (Tokyo: Iwanami shoten, in press); “Fascism’s Furry Friends: Dogs, National Identity, and Racial Purity in 1930s Japan,” in The Culture of Japanese Fascism, (Durham NC: Duke University Press, in press); and “Can a Subaltern Bark?” Imperialism, Civilization, and Canine Cultures in Nineteenth-Century Japan,” in JAPANimals: History and Culture in Japan’s Animal Life (Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2005).
Jack Stoneman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brigham Young University and Columbia University. His primary area of research is Japanese poetry of the 12th and 13th centuries, especially the poetry and legends of the samurai-turned-monk Saigyo (1118-1190). He also studies Japanese books and paintings of the Edo period (1600-1868), especially those related to literati and samurai culture. Professor Stoneman has for some years been teaching students in his classical Japanese courses how to read handwritten manuscripts of pre-modern Japan, culminating in the exhibit now open in the Harold B. Lee Library, “Guns, Scrolls & Swords: Samurai Identities in Early Modern Japan.”
Todd Stilson, born in Bountiful, Utah, studied art at BYU and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. He has been working as a professional artist for thirty years exhibiting mostly in Houston, Texas, and Southern California. He is a trained oil painter who specializes in classical-realist, modern, medieval images featuring religious and visionary-spiritual themes inspired by early Renaissance and Netherlandish artists. He Germanic-ally portrays enigmatic symbolist works that are loaded with visual keys.
Russ Taylor is the Assistant University Librarian over Special Collections, before which he had been Supervisor of Reference Services at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library since 1999. Prior professional work includes 15 years as a corporate speechwriter, three years as assistant curator of Special Collections at BYU and temporary positions as reference librarian at Mary Washington College (Fredericksburg, Virginia) and Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Coon Rapids, Minnesota), and as a contract library cataloger for Advanced Information Consultants (Minneapolis, Minnesota). To round out his professional career, he has also worked as a bull whacker and an ox driver for the Minnesota State Historical Society at the Oliver Kelly Historic Farm in Elk River, Minnesota, and at “This Is The Place” Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.
George Throckmorton recently retired from the Salt Lake City Police Department where he had been in law enforcement for forty years and he has been a Forensic Document Examiner for thirty-five of those years. Many interesting cases have crossed George’s path in the past years, however, by far the most interesting and complex case had to be the Mark Hofmann bombing/forgery case. This encompassed a full-time commitment for sixteen months involving more than 600 documents. After more than twenty years, new Hofmann forgeries continue to resurface almost every year.
Christina Thomas was first trained as a book repair technician while a BYU student from 2000 – 2004. She later completed the 2-year bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. After completing book conservation internships at Haverford College, the Boston Public Library, and the LDS Church History Library, she joined the Harold B. Lee Library staff as assistant to James Fairbourn in 2009. In July 2013 the staff of the HBLL Conservation Lab welcomed her as a Conservator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Tom Wells has been the curator of photographic archives in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library for over twenty years. He has taught and lectured widely. Tom holds BS and MLIS degrees from Brigham Young University. He has also received advanced training from the George Eastman House and the Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, New York in photographic preservation and historical photographic processes. Tom loves making photographs the old fashioned way and is equally at home behind a camera as well as in a photographic darkroom.