John H. Pollack is Curator, Research Services, in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. He has worked in this department since 1995. His responsibilities include providing assistance to students and scholars, and teaching and organizing class sessions centered on the collections. He is also responsible for the Furness Shakespeare Library, which is part of the Kislak Center.
John holds a PhD in English from Penn and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. He specializes in Early American literature and history, and early modern book history. His research has focused on topics including Native American languages; colonial writings from New France; and Benjamin Franklin and colonial education.
Special Collection Responsibility
- Africana studies and African American studies special collections
- American studies, history, and literature: Modern period
- American studies, history, and literature: North America, colonial era to ca. 1800
- Benjamin Franklin Papers
- Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library (Furness Shakespeare Library)
- U. S. Health Activism History Collection (Walter J. Lear U.S. Health Activism History Collection)
- Modern manuscripts & archives
- Rare books & printed materials