David Pearson (librarian)

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David Pearson (born 1955) was the Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries at the City of London Corporation between 2009 and 2017; his brief covered London Metropolitan Archives, Guildhall Library, City Business Library, Guildhall Art Gallery etc.[1][2] He retired in early 2017 to focus on his work in book history and is now a Senior Member of Darwin College, Cambridge (from 2016), an Honorary Senior Research Associate of the Department of Information Studies, University College London (from 2016) and a Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies, University of London (from 2017). He is Lyell Reader in Bibliography, University of Oxford, 2017-18. He is a member of the Faculty of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and teaches regularly on the London Rare Book School.


Pearson is a graduate of St Bees School[3] (1967 – 1973) and University of Cambridge (1974 – 1977, MA, PhD).[2]


He was previously Director of the University of London Research Library Services (2004–09), Librarian of the Wellcome Trust (1996–2004), Head of Special Collections at the National Art Library (1992–96)[2] and a curator in the Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue project at the British Library (1986–92). He has lectured and published extensively in aspects of book history, with a particular emphasis on books as artefacts, and the ways in which they have been owned and bound. His books include Provenance Research in Book History (1994), Oxford Bookbinding 1500-1640 (2000), For the Love of the Binding (ed, 2000), English Bookbinding Styles 1450-1800 (2005), Books as History : The importance of books beyond their texts (2008), London: 1000 Years (ed, 2011). He was President of the Bibliographical Society, 2010-12.[4][5]


  1. ^ "How we are organised - Who we are". City of London. Archived from the original on December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "David Pearson". LinkedIn. Archived from the original on December 12, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  3. ^ "Bob Pearson (1927-2012)" (PDF). St Bees News: 16. October 2012.
  4. ^ Pearson, David. Books as History: The importance of books beyond their texts. London: British Library; New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 2008. (ISBN 9781584562337)
  5. ^ Who's Who 2010