The William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, The Sheridan Libraries, & Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of German & Romance Languages & Literatures
Phone: (410) 516-8662
Earle Havens (Ph.D., Yale University, History and Renaissance Studies) currently serves as curator of early books and manuscripts (pre-1800) in the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University, which includes the collections of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, and the historic George Peabody Library and John Work Garrett Library in Baltimore. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Johns Hopkins University. His scholarly work concentrates on the history of the book, in particular print and manuscript culture from the late Middle Ages to the eighteenth century. Dr. Havens' most recent research has focused on surreptitious printing, book smuggling, and scribal culture within the Roman Catholic undergound in Elizabethan England. Havens has served as curator of a dozen major rare book, manuscript, and museum exhibitions, and has taught courses on the history of the book, and on European cultural and religious history more generally, at Yale University, Wesleyan University and the New School University.
The Dr. Elliot and Eileen Hinkes Collection of Rare Books in the History of Scientific Discovery (Sheridan Libraries, 2011).
(With Stephen Parks), The Elizabethan Club of Yale University and Its Library (2nd ed., revised and enlarged; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2011).
“Americana Vetustissima: Richard Eden’s Annotated Copy of Peter Martyr, The First Historian of the New World,” in Other People's Books: Association Copies and the Stories They Tell (Chicago: The Caxton Club, 2011).
“‘Books, Antiquity and Virtu’: Horace Walpole’s Antiquarian Book Collecting,” in Eds. Peter Sabor and Kevin Cope, 1650-1850: Ideas, Æsthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, vol. 16 (New York: AMS Press, 2010), 257-307.
A dozen entries in The Oxford Companion to the History of the Book, Eds. Michael Suarez & H. R. Woudhuysen (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008-09).
(With Pierre-Alain Tilliette), The Extravagant Ambassador: The True Story of Alexandre Vattemare (Paris: Le Passage, 2007). Also published in French translation under the title, L'ambassadeur extravagant: Alexandre Vattemare, pionnier des échanges culturels internationaux (Paris: Le Passage, 2007).
(With Deborah Fraioli), Joan of Arc: Rare Books and Objects of Art from the Cardinal Wright Collection of the Boston Public Library (Boston: Boston Public Library, 2006)
Gloriana: Monuments and Memorials of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I (New Haven: Yale University, 2006).
“The Two Swords: Representations of Secular Magistracy and Sacred Ministry in Medieval and Renaissance Art,” in Secular Sacred: 11th to 16th Century Works from the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; University of Chicago Press, 2006), 43-63.
“Notes from the Literary Underground: Recusant Catholics, Jesuit Priests and Manuscript Culture in Elizabethan England,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (December 2005): 504-38.
“English Manuscript Culture and the Ambiguous Triumph of Print: Seventy Years of the Osborn Collection, 1934-2004,” Yale University Library Gazette (October 2004): 5-52.
(With Stephen Parks), The Luttrell File: Narcissus Luttrell’s Dates on Contemporary Pamphlets: 1679-1730, vol. 3 of the Yale University Library Gazette, Occasional Editions Series, 1999.
Selected rare book, manuscript, and museum exhibitions:
Eureka! The Dr. Elliot and Eileen Hinkes Collection of Rare Books in the History of Scientific Discovery, George Peabody Library, October 2010-January 2011.
Crooks, Rogues and Maids Less than Virtuous: Books in the Streets of 18th-Century London, Boston Public Library, December 2006-May 2007.
John Adams Unbound, Boston Public Library, March 2004-April 2007.
10,000 Joans: Treasures from the Joan of Arc Collection of the Boston Public Library, Boston Public Library, March-June 2006.
Sacred Secular: 11th- to 16th-Century Works from the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, February-June, 2006.
Cervantes, 1605-2005: Books and Manuscripts of the Spanish Golden Age. An Exhibition Commemorating of the 400th Anniversary of the Publication of Don Quixote, Boston Public Library, April-June 2005.
John Locke and the Republic of Letters: Books and Manuscripts of the Early Enlightenment, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, October-December 2004.
Gloriana: Monuments and Memorials of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I, from the Collections of the Elizabethan Club of Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, October-December 2003.
Commonplace Books: Manuscripts and Printed Books from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, July-September 2001.