Monday, June 18, 2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
Pulitzer Prize winner honors retiring director
By SARAH SALA to American history through the
Daily StaffReporter mid-twentieth century, for the
past 35 years. During his time as
me Pulitzer Prize winner director, Dann has added over
esidential Medal of Free- 25,000 titles to the book division,
cipient David McCullough doubled the manuscript collec-
special history lecture in tion and increased the number of
am Auditorium last Mon- maps in the library system by 15
honor of William Clements percent.
y Director John Dann, who Dann also introduced a pho-
ire at the end of June. tographs division to the library
xpert on Americana, Dann in 1991 that now boasts 70,000 -
rected the library, which images.
re of the nation's largest Throughout his lecture,
ions of materials relating McCullough praised Dann for his
commitment to preserving history
and for his efforts to expand the
He said he gave the lecture, "as
my way of saying thank you as a
beneficiary of the richness of the
Clements Library." McCullough
said he has used the resources from
the library like historic letters and
journal entries while researching
for his books.
Dann said the most rewarding
part about working at the library
has been helping to make history
exciting for people.
"I think of this whole library as
a laboratory for studying human
beings and human nature," Dann
Clayton Lewis, the library's
curator of graphic materials, said
"John Dann has really broadened
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are considered social history or
popular culture of the past. He's
collected things having to do with
the lives of people."
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