The American Trust for the British Library Leadership

Executive Committee of the ATBL Board of Trustees

R. Dyke Benjamin, Chairman and Treasurer of the ATBL Board of Trustees

A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, R. Dyke Benjamin is Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the American Trust For the British Library. Dyke is the former Chairman of The Annie Tinker Association for Women, the former Treasurer of the Grolier Club, the former Treasurer of the Century Association, and an honorary member of the Bibliographical Society of America. A former Director of Lazard Asset Management, Dyke is now a Managing Director of Axiom Capital Management where he leads a “Business For Good” seminar which focuses upon ethical entrepreneurship. Dyke is a Companion of John Ruskin’s Guild of St. George. In 2019, Dyke delivered the American Trust for the British Library’s Tenth Breslauer Lecture at Harvard’s Lamont Library, John Ruskin (1819-1900), No Idle Dreamer.

Barbara A. Shailor, PhD, President of the ATBL Board of Trustees

Ms. Shailor joined Yale in 2001 as the Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; she assumed the position of Deputy Provost for the Arts in July 2003 and retired from the Yale administration in December 2012.  Prior to that, she was Dean of Douglass College, Professor of Classics at Rutgers University (1996–2001), and a faculty member and administrator at Bucknell University (1975–1996). Her field of specialization is Latin paleography and codicology. Her award-winning volume “The Medieval Book,” published by the University of Toronto Press, is in its 5th printing; among her multiple publications is the Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (3 vols.). Her most recent work, co-edited with C.W. Dutschke (Scribes and the Presentation of Texts: From Antiquity to c.1550, Brepols, Bibliologia 65), was published in 2021. 

In recent years Shailor taught Advanced Latin Paleography at Yale and was also a faculty member at Rare Book School (University of Virginia); Ms. Shailor has received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society. She was a Trustee of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation from 2003 to 2017; was elected to the French honorary society Comité internationale de paléographie latine in 2000, and as a Fellow of the Medieval Academy in 2006. She also served as Vice-President and Councilor of the Grolier Club of New York City. She was elected President of the Bibliographical Society of America in 2018.  

Evalyn Lee, Secretary of the ATBL Board of Trustees

Evalyn Lee is a former CBS News Producer and poet living in London. She has worked and produced television segments for 60 Minutes in New York and the BBC in London. Her broadcast work has received an Emmy, as well as numerous Writers Guild awards, and her essays, short stories and poetry have appeared in over 50 literary magazines. She became a member of the ATBL when she supported the British Library’s online resource Discovering Literature.
It has been her honor to write and produce for Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, and Lesley Stahl, while covering a wide range of stories, including both Gulf Wars and numerous investigative pieces. She studied English Literature at Princeton University and went on to graduate school at New College, Oxford where she studied with Joyce scholar Richard Ellman and literary critic John Bayley. She has interviewed writers, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker Alexander, Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Dick Francis, Roberston Davies and Margaret Atwood about their work. 

William P. Stoneman, PhD, Chair of the Advisory Council

William Stoneman retired in December as Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Houghton Library of Harvard University.  Dr. Stoneman had been at Harvard since 1997 when he became the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library.  In 2013 he stepped back to become Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts and to work with colleagues on Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. Before coming to Harvard Bill was the Scheide Librarian at Princeton University.

As a scholar librarian Bill has written and lectured widely—notably on the theme of private collectors and public libraries, and on the impact of the digital revolution on libraries and the study of the Middle Ages.  In 1999, he edited the medieval library catalogue of St. Martin’s Priory, Dover, which was volume 5 in the Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues published by the British Academy; in 2011 he published, with A. N. Doane, Purloined Letters: The Twelfth-Century Reception of the Anglos-Saxon Illustrated Hexateuch

Bill is a member of the Advisory Board of the Schoenberg Database of Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania and of the International Advisory Council of Digital Scriptorium.  He is Chair of the Special Collections Committee of the Boston Public Library and Chair of the Library Committee of the Grolier Club in New York.  He served as Editor of the Harvard Library Bulletin and as Series Editor of Houghton Library Studies distributed by the Harvard University Press.  Bill is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and has served as a Councilor of the Medieval Academy of America and of the Bibliographical Society of America. 

Nancy Boehm

Nancy was elected to the Chairman’s Council of the American Trust for the British Library in 2021. She has been a Grolier Club member since 2012, and is currently the President. She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a member of the Association Internationale de Bibliophilie (AIB), the Hakluyt Society, The Society for the History of Collecting, ASENE, and a member of the Library and Art Committee of The University Club of New York.

Nancy is a private collector of materials concentrating on the history of travel in colonial Asia, collectively telling the story of colonial life, and highlighting the observations and self-revelation that came with the experience of travel. The collection brings together books and manuscripts, and materials representing the visual and material culture of traveling across the region, including prints and paintings, jewelry, statuary, devotional materials, antiquities and ethnographic items.

Professionally, Nancy works at Perella Weinberg Partners, and is also Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley Credit Union in upstate New York.

Felicia Shapiro

Felicia  Shapiro is an attorney who specializes in entertainment law. She was the President of the Harvard Film Society while at Harvard/Radcliffe College and finished the coursework for an MFA in theatre management while she got her law degree, both at Columbia University. Felicia has worked at several law firms, an international film distribution company, taught music contracts at Columbia Law School, and ran the legal department of a nationally syndicated tabloid television show. She was also one of the key executives hired to launch Fox News Channel and formed its legal department.  Currently, Felicia is in private practice and is producing several television pilots. A longtime member of New York Women in Film and Television and a member of the New York chapter of the National Board of Television Arts and Sciences, she is a past  board member of LEAP, Learning through an Expanded Arts Program. 

Susan Jaffe Tane

Susan Jaffe Tane has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Women for over three decades.

She is a longtime bibliophile and philanthropist. Susan proudly possesses the foremost collection of Edgar Allan Poe books, manuscripts, and artifacts in the world. Appropriately she serves on the Board of Directors of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and Foundation in Richmond, Virginia. Susan was also the Executive Producer of the recent American Masters PBS documentary Edgar Allan Poe:  Buried Alive that aired Fall 2017.

In addition to Poe, Susan has also established notable collections of works by Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and has published catalogs of her collections and co-curated exhibitions worldwide.

Previously she sat on the Board of the Westport, Connecticut, Library Advisory Council, Cornell University Library Council, Boston University College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board, sponsoring Boston University’s Favorite Poem Project Summer Poetry Institute for Educators and the Grolier Club Council, Chair of Special Events.

Currently, Susan is an Executive Committee Member of the American Trust for the British Library, London Library Founders Circle, the Morgan Library and Museum Visitors Committee and Directors Roundtable, Rare Book School.

Gwendolyn van Paasschen

Gwendolyn van Paasschen is a garden designer and writer with extensive experience in the non-profit world. Having worked with internationally renowned British landscape designer and author John Brookes MBE on a major multi-year project in Upstate New York, she helped him write his memoir, A Landscape Legacy (Pimpernel Press, 2018), and now serves as chairman of the John Brookes-Denmans Foundation (JBDF) which she co-founded in 2017. The JBDF is dedicated to perpetuating John Brookes’ design legacy and to the renovation and preservation of Denmans Garden, his garden in West Sussex. She currently owns and runs Denmans Garden which includes a plant centre and retail space. 

She is also a contributor to the Georgetown Dish, daily news and entertainment site, writing occasional articles about gardening and garden design. Ms van Paasschen has compiled and edited How to Design a Garden, a book of writings by John Brookes, published by Pimpernel Press (October 2021) and has organized and helped compile and edit a An Economist’s Outlook, Essays by John H. Makin from a Transformative Era

She is a member of the Advisory Council of Hostage US, an independent non-profit organization that supports hostages and their families both during and after a kidnapping. She is also on the American Trust for the British Library (ATBL) Board of Trustees, on the ATBL’s Executive Board, and is the past president of Kids Empowered by Your Support (KEYS), a Connecticut-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to under-served children in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Ms. van Paasschen began her career in Washington DC as a US Senate legislative assistant to Senators Slade Gorton and John McCain on economic issues.

Instagram: @denmans_garden Facebook: @DenmansGarden.WSussex 

ATBL Staff

Elizabeth Berkowitz, MA, PhD, ATBL Executive Director

Elizabeth Berkowitz is an art historian and project manager with extensive experience as an educator, public speaker, and writer in the cultural space. She holds a doctorate in art history from the Graduate Center, CUNY, as well as an MA in Modern Art from Columbia University and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University. Elizabeth most recently served as the Digital Interpretation Manager for the Fritz Ascher Society and previously was the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and Outreach Program Manager at the Rockefeller Archive Center.

As an art historian, Elizabeth’s academic areas of specialization are modern art and museum historiography and criticism as well as European, British, and American twentieth-century painting. Elizabeth has been an educator in both university and museum settings and has worked at cultural organizations including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her writings have appeared in both popular and print publications and include work on the role of philanthropy in insulin dissemination, as well as academic analyses of exhibitions on Hilma af Klint, Jacob Lawrence, and the refugee crisis, among other subjects.

Miwa Yokoyama, Administrative and Communications Coordinator

Miwa Yokoyama is an archivist and more recently has been working in non-profit programming and administration. Miwa was previously a consultant for ATBL for six years and established their archive housed at the Grolier Club. She has consulted for and worked with UNICEF, NYU’s Bobst Library, Artstor, Carnegie Hall, WNET, and other museums, libraries, non-profits, and artists. Prior to her career in archiving, she worked as a producer of educational documentaries at a Bay Area foundation. She holds an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an undergraduate degree in Art History from Vassar College. She is a member of the Park Slope Food Coop, loves libraries and reading Asian American literature, and resides in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and dog.

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