Rare Books and Manuscripts Section


Exercises leadership in the local, national, and international special collections communities to represent and promote concerns related to rare books, manuscripts, and other special collections.


John H. Overholt (Chair, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
Ms. Cherry Williams (Past-Chairperson, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
Elizabeth Call (Secretary, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Elizabeth Joffrion (Member-at-Large, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2018)
Beth M. Whittaker (Member-at-Large, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2016. Last retrieved on 02/08/2016. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


As of August 2015, RBMS had 1,686 members. The committee composition is determined by section leadership.

RBMS Committees

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The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section was established in 1958.

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Staff Liaison

Megan Griffin
Program Officer
Association of College & Research Libraries
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

Work: 312-280-2514
E-mail: mgriffin@ala.org