WHO SHE IS: Associate Director
for Special Collections, Biddle Law Library
YEARS AT PENN: 23. She plans to retire in June.
WHAT SHE DOES: “I do two fairly
separate jobs. The bibliographic aspect, selecting books and materials
in current American law, and then the special collections aspect.î
COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS: Documents signed
by George Washington concerning James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration
of Independence and the first person to give a law lecture at Penn,
in 1790. Also, a six-page letter from Thomas Jefferson telling a friend
what his son will need to study to become a lawyer.
RECENT PROJECTS: Arkin and colleagues
reclassified the collection to make sure every document had a computer
record. “That was quite a project.”
Originally published on April 28, 2005