Schwartzburg, Mary A (Molly)
mas5by at Virginia.EDU
Mailing Address:University of Virginia Library
PO Box 400110
As a curator in Collections Access & Discovery, Molly selects and acquires special collections materials.
Molly builds collections, curates exhibitions, works with researchers, and teaches classes at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. She purchases and accepts gifts of books, manuscripts, and artifacts that will enrich existing strengths and build new collection areas to serve the University of Virginia community and our global audience of visiting and remote researchers. Her largest collecting area is books and manuscripts of the 20th and 21st centuries, though she acquires materials of all kinds across all periods. She is a generalist by nature, interested all subject areas, and has particular expertise in literature and artists’ books. She curates exhibitions, often with student collaborators, with the goal of inspiring research, revealing hidden treasures, and helping audiences understand the depths of our collections. She works with faculty and instructors from all departments and schools to create class sessions for their students, and meets one-on-one with students who are seeking help with the collections, ideas for research projects, and information about the special collections profession. She received her A.B. in English Literature from Harvard (1991), her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Stanford (2004) and was previously Cline Curator of Literature at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Molly’s most recent publication is an article, “Frank Shay’s Greenwich Village: Reconstructing the Bookshop at 4 Christopher Street, 1920-1925” in The Rise of the Modernist Bookshop: Books and the Commerce of Culture in the Twentieth Century (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015).
Molly’s most recent exhibition is “Shakespeare by the Book: Four Centuries of Printing, Editing and Publishing” (2016).
Molly is currently at work on three upcoming exhibitions: Faulkner (2017), A History of UVA in 100 Objects (2017), and Drafting World Peace (2020), an exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.