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Henry Snyder


Preserving historical documents and California newspapers
UCR's Professor Henry Snyder directs the efforts to preserve
California's history through the printed word.

National Humanities Medal Caps a Lifetime of Scholarship

Professor Henry Snyder directs UCR’s Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research and has been a major force in the preservation of historical newspapers that tell the story of California’s growth and development. He also is a senior scholar in British history, specializing in the early 18th century.

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Professor Henry Snyder

Dr. Snyder is the first UCR professor and only the sixth faculty member in the UC system to be awarded the National Humanities Medal since its origination in 1997. Snyder received the coveted award from President Bush at a ceremony at the White House in 2007. He joins a prestigious list of fellow honorees, including novelists Tom Wolfe and Toni Morrison, composer Quincy Jones and filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

Snyder’s award recognizes his work on three research projects, one of which spans three decades, to document the work of the British and North American press in the early modern period. They include:

  • The English Short-Title Catalogue, a database that includes every known publication in England or in any of England’s dependencies between 1473 and 1800. It is the largest bibliography of its kind, including nearly 500,000 items. He has been editor and director since 1978.
  • The California Newspaper Project, which preserves and indexes the state’s newspapers published between 1846 and 1922, as an important record of local history in the Golden State. The program is part of the United States Newspaper Program, which seeks to preserve the country’s journalistic history. He has directed the project since 1990.
  • The Catalogo Colectivo de Impresos Latinoamericanos hasta 1851, a database of publications in Spanish and Portuguese printed in North and South America, the Caribbean and the Philippines between 1539 and 1850. He began the project in 2000.

Snyder’s work has also drawn support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the federal Department of Education and numerous private foundations.

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