New ATBL Leaders Welcomed

Morgan Library Director Griswold Joins Board of the American Trust

William M. Griswold

William M. Griswold

William M. Griswold, director of the Morgan Library & Museum, has joined the Board of the American Trust for the British Library. He had been until 2007 director and president if the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

A specialist in master drawings, Mr. Griswold graduated from Trinity College in Hartford with honors in art history, then took his PhD at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art.

He began his career as a research assistant st Hartford’s Wadsworth Athenaeum, moving up in the1990’s to become associate curator in the department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum if Art. By the mid-nineties Griswold was leading the same department at the Pierpont Morgan Library as it was then named.

Mr. Griswold spent the early part of this decade at Los Angeles’s J. Paul Getty Museum as associate director for collections, then as acting director and chief curator. He moved to Minneapolis in 2005, before returning three years later to the Morgan Library.

Last fall Mr. Griswold invited members of the ABL Board and governing councils to view the Morgan’s stunning exhibition of works by William Blake, the 18th-century English artist, poet and mystic.

Mr. Griswold has served on the Board of Governors of the Courtauld Institute and as a trustee of the American Federation of Arts. He is a member of the Grolier Club and Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Christine Zuromskis to Join ATBL’s Chairman’s Council

Christine Zuromskis

Christine Zuromskis

Christine Zuromskis of Boston is the newest member of the American Trust’s Chairman’s Council.

A graduate of Harvard University, Mrs. Zuromskis oversees the real estate acquisition investment firm that she and her husband Michael founded thirty years ago in Boston.  She is a student of Caribbean history and is currently compiling research for a study on 17th-century sugar plantation life in the British West Indies.

Mrs. Zuromskis also maintains houses on the island of Nevis in the West Indies, and in London, where she has hosted receptions for visiting ATBL Chairman’s Council groups.

John Carter Brown Library Director / New member of ATBL Advisory Council

Edward L. Widmer

Edward L. Widmer

Edward L. Widmer, director and librarian of the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI, has joined the American Trust’s Advisory Council.

Mr. Widmer, an award-winning author, historian and former speechwriter in President Clinton’s White House, has written widely on topics in American history and politics.  His most recent book, Ark of the Liberties:  America and the World,  was published last year to wide acclaim.

Prior to his appointment to the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University in 2006, Mr. Widmer had served as associate professor of history at Washington College, Chestertown, MD and as the inaugural director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American experience.  He is a graduate of Harvard University where he earned his master’s and doctorate in American history, and later lectured on history and literature.

At the White House in the 1990s he wrote foreign policy speeches as a special assistant to the president for national security affairs.  He also counseled the president on scholarship-related issues and later interviewed Clinton extensively while the former president was drafting his autobiography.  He is currently a frequent contributor to such publications as The American Scholar and the New York Times.

Mr. Widmer joins colleagues on the ATBL’s Advisory Council who include other authors and university librarians like Ada Louise Huxtable, Alice Prochaska and William Stoneman.

The John Carter Brown library holds one of the world’s leading collections of books,maps and manuscripts on the colonial period of North and south America form 1492 to the early 1800s.

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