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Eric Pumroy has been head of the Special Collections Department since 1999, and is committed to making the library’s extraordinary collections of rare books, manuscripts, art and artifacts a vital part of the educational work of the college through classes, exhibitions, digital projects, and student internships. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, he directed the museum, library and public programs at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in Philadelphia, and earlier was head of the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is a past president of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries and has been an active participant in many region-wide projects relating to historical collections. He has published and presented papers on immigration history, and is co-author of Research Guide to the Turner Movement in the United States (Greenwood, 1996) on a major German immigrant organization. He is also author of the chapter on Bryn Mawr in Founded by Friends: The Quaker Heritage of Fifteen American Colleges and Universities (Scarecrow, 2007) and is currently working on American book collecting in the first half of the 20th century. He has graduate degrees in Early Modern European History and library science from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Earlham College.