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Indiana Names Joel Silver Director of Lilly Library

Joel Silver, image © Indiana U

Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University Brenda L. Johnson has announced the appointment of Joel Silver as the director of the Lilly Library, effective April 1, 2013. For the past ten years, Silver has served as the library’s associate director and most recently as interim director. The Lilly Library contains more than 400,000 rare books, more than 150,000 pieces of sheet music, and more than 7.5 million manuscripts.

Highlights of the library’s collections include the New Testament of the Gutenberg Bible, the first printed edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” the First Folio of Shakespeare, John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America,” an extensive Abraham Lincoln collection, personal papers of Orson Welles and Sylvia Plath, and George Washington’s letter accepting the presidency. For more details, see the Indiana University news release.