Trevor Alvord is Head of Special Collections at James Madison University, USA. He received Masters of Library Science through San Jose State University. Trevor’s experience includes gifts coordinator and processing archivist at Utah State University. He is also a co-author of a book that will be released next year: Developing Archives and Special Collections: From the ground up.
Curt has been in the LDS book business for nearly four decades, starting at Deseret Book in 1974 and then founding Benchmark Books nearly 25 years ago. Benchmark specializes in new, used, out-of-print and rare LDS books and collectibles with a heavy emphasis on Mormon history and studies. Much of his life revolves around books in one way or another, from reading to buying and from selling to collecting them. He echos Thomas Jefferson’s words: “I cannot live without books” and might add “with dust jackets.”
Larry is Curator of print Americana and Mormonism materials at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of the Harold B. lee Library at Brigham Young University. He holds a BA in philosophy from California State University at Fresno, and an MLS and an MA in History, both from BYU. He worked for eighteen years at the LDS Church Historical Department, first as a manuscript cataloger, then from 1985 to 1997 as rare book librarian. He has held his present position at Brigham Young University since 1997.
Scott Duvall began his work at Brigham Young University as the assistant curator of Special Collections in 1975. He has a BA in History, an MA in European History, as well as a Masters of Library Science. He was appointed Chair of Special Collections in 1991. He remained in that position until 2002. He has been the Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections since 1997. His subject expertise lies in the fields of Manuscripts of the Middle Ages, Renaissance/Reformation, History of Printing, Victorian and 19th Century American Literature, History of France, History of Children’s Literature, and Modern Fine Printing.
James Fairborn has served as the supervisor of Book Repair in the Harold B. Lee Library for nearly 25 years. He came to BYU with a very diverse employment background that included construction, landscaping, welding, office assistant, manufacture and loading of agricultural chemicals, and milking cows. James’ abilities as a craftsman landed his employment in Book Repair, yet, surprisingly, he has found application of skills learned in nearly all of his past jobs to his vocation in the library.
Matthew J. Grow
Matthew J. Grow is director of Publications at the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was previously an assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana. He is the author of Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer (Yale University Press, 2009), winner of the 2010 Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association and of the 2011 Evans Biography Award; coauthor with Terryl Givens, of Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (Oxford University Press, 2011); and coeditor with Gregory Armstrong and Dennis Siler, of Parley P. Pratt and the Making of Mormonism (Arthur Clark, 2011). He has published articles in Journal of the Early Republic, Church History, American Nineteenth-Century History, Journal of Mormon History, BYU Studies, and Utah Historical Quarterly. He received his PhD in American History from the University of Notre Dame in 2006.
Maggie Kopp is Curator of Rare Books at L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library. She is the curator of the Lee Library’s current exhibit, The Life and Legacy of the King James Bible. Maggie received a BA in English from Brigham Young University, an MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University, and an MLS from the University of Texas at Austin.
Robert is a regular presenter at the A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference. He is the Library’s cataloger of fine press materials and also serves as chair of the Special Collections and Formats Catalog Department. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from University of Toronto, and a J.D., an M.A., and an M.L.S. from Brigham Young University. He also received his B.A. from BYU in French and Latin.
Judy Sommerfeldt is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a major in English and a minor in French. She taught secondary education after earning her bachelor’s degree. Books have always been an important part of her life but it was in a calligraphy workshop eighteen years ago that she was introduced to the beauty and joy of handmade books. Since that time she has taken every opportunity to study and learn the art and craft of making one-of-a-kind book structures. She currently teaches bookbinding at BYU. Judy is married to Vern Sommerfeldt. They are the parents of six children and grandparents of twenty-three.
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.
Kristi A. Young
Kristi A. Young is the curator of the Wilson Folklore Archives, the Veterans’ History Project and Mormon Literature Manuscripts in the Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University. She has an MA degree in English from Brigham Young University and an MLS from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include Mormon literature, the folklore of the American West and the customs and worldviews of military wives.