Laurent Ferri, Photo by Cynthia Lange
Laurent Ferri is the curator of the French collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. He graduated from the École des chartes and the Institut national du patrimoine in Paris, and wrote his dissertation under the supervision of Michel Pastoureau about Balzac’s use of the social code of heraldry. In December 2002, acting in his capacity as both a chartist and an editorial board member of the journal "Labyrinthe", he has organized a pluridisciplinary conference on Georges Bataille, featuring Jacques Derrida and several historians.
Ferri has recently edited two books: a collection of studies on Bataille and an anthology about the narratives of globalization from antiquity to the present, with an introduction by journalist Laurent Joffrin. He is also the author of many articles about political, intellectual, and artistic history in 19th and 20th century France.
Before joining Cornell University Library, Ferri was a visiting assistant professor since early 2006. Previously, he served as curator at the Archives Nationales in Paris (2000-2005) and also taught regularly, especially as a professor at the École nationale d’administration in Rabat, Morocco.
Eileen Heeran, Photo by Cynthia Lange
Eileen M. Heeran is assistant curator of rare books in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. She received a B.A. in history from the University of Dayton, and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College. Joining the Cornell community in November 2006, Eileen previously served as a rare and non-book cataloguer at the University of Michigan for four years, and prior to that as librarian and associate archivist of the Biltmore Estate for five years. She is active in the rare book profession, serving on numerous committees of the rare and manuscript section of the American Library Association.
Katherine Reagan, managing curator
As Ernest L. Stern Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts and assistant director for collections, Katherine Reagan provides leadership for curatorial programs in Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, where she has been on the staff since 1996. Reagan teaches “History of the Book” for Cornell’s department of English, and is a past president of the American Library Association’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, the national organization governing the work of rare book and manuscript libraries. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and her master’s degree from the rare book program at Columbia University’s School of Library Service.