Biographies

Trevor Alvord edit 2 Trevor Alvord

Trevor Alvord is the Curator of 21st-century Mormonism and Western American at Brigham Young University where he is responsible for building BYU’s web archive and collecting 21st-century Mormon imprints.  Before coming to BYU he served as a Processing Archivist at Utah State University and as Head of Special Collections at James Madison University.  Trevor received undergraduate degrees from USU in History and Religious Studies in 2007 and his MLIS from San Jose State University in 2009.

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Bradford, Janet 03 Janet B. Bradford

Janet B. Bradford has been a Music and Dance Librarian at BYU since the mid-1980s.  She has a BA from BYU in Music Theory and Composition with post-graduate studies in musicology. Her MLS degree is from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Janet was raised in Geneva, Idaho, and currently lives in Orem with her husband, Daron, daughter Emily, and their cat, Max.  She is also a step-mom to four and grandmother of twleve, and sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Janet has eclectic musical tastes.  Over the past few years she has focused on collecting Mormon music for the BYU library.

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 Carson   Lynn Richard Carson

Lynn Richard Carson was born in Salt Lake City in 1942.  He collects music and recordings about Utah and Mormonism.  Lynn composed his first hymn when he was fourteen and has been writing sacred music as a form of private devotion and worship ever since.  He has composed more than two hundred hymns, sacred songs and keyboard pieces, many of which are available for performance.  His Hymn “Sabbath Day” is in the LDS Hymnal. He is currently preparing for publication a collection of keyboard music by 19th Century Utah and Mormon composers.

Lynn’s interests include musical practice in the L.D.S. faith, 1830 through 1900.  He and his wife Pamela are avid Sacred Harp singers and host a shape note singing in Utah in their home on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

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Robin Jensen edit 2 Robin Scott Jensen

Robin Scott Jensen is the associate managing historian and project archivist for The Joseph Smith Papers and coedited the first two volumes in the Revelations and Translations series (published 2009 and 2011, respectively). He specializes in document and transcription analysis. In 2005 he earned an MA degree in American history from Brigham Young University, and in 2009 he earned a second MA in library and information science with an archival concentration from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is now pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Utah. His research interests include book history, revelation manuscripts, early Mormon record keeping, and the history of the Church Historian’s Office.

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maggie1s  Maggie Gallup Kopp

Maggie Gallup Kopp is Curator of Rare Books at L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library, where she is responsible for the European historical collections and rare British and American literature. She is the curator of the Lee Library’s current exhibit, Victorian Illustrators: from Sketch to Print. She holds an MA from Fordham University and an MLS from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Robert Maxwell publicity 20090715 (Capener) Robert L. Maxwell

Robert L. Maxwell is a regular presenter at the A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference. He is one of the Library’s rare materials catalogers and is curator of the Orson Scott Card Collection. 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.

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Joan BW portrait Joan Merrell

Joan Merrell has been teaching calligraphy for over 20 years around the country and at several international lettering arts conferences. She was on the board of directors and is a past president of the international Association for the Calligraphic Arts. She graduated from BYU and studied further at University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as having studied lettering with many top names in the field in workshop settings and master classes. She is a co-director of the 35th international lettering arts conference to be held in Utah in 2017. Her work has been carried by several galleries and published in Letter Arts Review, Hand Lettering for Crafts, and others. She received a purchase award from the 9th International Arts Competition of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joan currently lives in Jefferson City, MO and belongs to the St. Louis Calligraphy Guild.

www.LetterDesignStudio.com

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Reeder, Kohleen Kohleen Reeder

Kohleen Reeder is the Head Conservator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Harold B. Lee Library. Her experience with conservation began as an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University where she worked at the HBLL Conservation Lab. Kohleen holds a BA in Visual Arts from BYU, and completed a MA in Conservation Studies at West Dean College in England. She has completed conservation internships at the Frick Art Reference Library, the LDS Church History Library, University of Durham, and the National Library of Scotland.  From 2006 to 2008 she worked as a Postgraduate Research Associate in Paper Conservation at the Yale Center for British Art, where she completed a research project and wrote a chapter published in the award-winning exhibition catalogue, Mrs. Delany and Her Circle. Previous to her return to BYU in Spring 2013, she worked for four and a half years as a Book and Paper Conservator at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library.

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Greg Seppi 2 Gregory Seppi

Gregory Seppi is a rare book acquisitions specialist at the Church History Library. He earned an MA in the History of Medicine from Oxford Brookes University in 2011, and will begin studying for a Master of Library Science degree in August 2014. He also holds a BA in History from Brigham Young University (2010). Following a successful internship at the Church History Library in 2012, he was hired into his current position in 2013. His research interests include the history of LDS publishing and printing (especially ephemera), contemporary LDS culture, and the history of eugenics.

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IMG_8003 Judy Sommerfeldt

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.

Judy was introduced to calligraphy and the beauty of hand written letters twenty five years ago.  Since that time she has been an active student and advocate of calligraphy as an art form.  She is the past president of the Utah Calligraphic Artists Guild and currently serves on its executive board. She teaches bookbinding at Brigham Young University and at Utah Valley University.

Judy and her husband Vern are the parents of six children and grandparents of twenty-three.

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Taylor, Russ 14 Russ Taylor

Russ Taylor has been Supervisor of Reference Services at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library since 1999. Prior professional work includes 15 years as a corporate speechwriter, three years as assistant curator of Special Collections at BYU and temporary positions as reference librarian at Mary Washington College (Fredericksburg, Virginia) and Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Coon Rapids, Minnesota), and as a contract library cataloger for Advanced Information Consultants (Minneapolis, Minnesota). To round out his professional career, he has also worked as a bull whacker and an ox driver for the Minnesota State Historical Society at the Oliver Kelly Historic Farm in Elk River, Minnesota, and at “This Is The Place” Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.

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Thomas, Christina 20 Christina Thomas

Christina Thomas was 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. In July 2013 the staff of the HBLL Conservation Lab welcomed her as a Conservator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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Wadham, Rachel 10 Rachel L. Wadham

Rachel L. Wadham is the Education and Juvenile Collections Librarian in the HBLL.  After completing a bachelor’s degree in sociology from BYU, Wadham obtained her master of library science degree from the University of North Texas in 1995. She also earned a masters of education degree in curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in adolescent literature from Pennsylvania State University in 2007.  She frequently teaches courses on children’s and adolescent literature and has authored two books and numerous articles in this field.  Wadham also serves as board member of the Children’s Literature Association of Utah and is chair of its Young Adult Book Award Selection Committee.

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