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List of Boston Athenæum Officers

Librarians and Directors

  • William Smith Shaw, A.M., Librarian: 1807-1822
  • Joseph Backus, Assistant Librarian: 1820-1825
  •      in charge: 1822-1825
  • Seth Bass, M.D., Librarian: 1825-1846
  • Charles Folsom, A.M., Librarian: 1847-1856
  • William Fredrick Poole, M.A., LL. D., Librarian: 1856-1868
  • Charles Ammi Cutter, A.B., Librarian: 1869-1892
  • William Coolidge Lane, A.B., Librarian: 1893-1897
  • Charles Knowles Bolton, A.B., Librarian: 1898-1932
  • Elinor Gregory (Elinor Gregory Metcalf 1941), Librarian: 1933-1936
  • M.A. De Wolfe Howe, Director: 1933-1937
  • Elinor Gregory (Elinor Gregory Metcalf 1941), Director and Librarian: 1937-1946
  • Walter Muir Whitehill, Librarian: 1946
  •      Director and Librarian: 1947-1972
  • Rodney Armstrong, Director and Librarian: 1973-1996
  • Richard Wendorf, Director and Librarian: 1997-1999
  •      Stanford Calderwood Director and Librarian: 2000-2009
  • Paula Matthews, Chief Librarian: October 2008
  •      Acting Director and Librarian May 2009
  •      Stanford Calderwood Director and Librarian October 2009-July 2013
  • Elizabeth E. Barker, Ph.D., Stanford Calderwood Director: October 2014-

Presidents

  • Theophilus Parsons: 1807-1813
  • John Davis: 1814-1815
  • John Lowell: 1816-1819
  • Josiah Quincy: 1820-1829
  • Thomas Handasyd Perkins: 1830-1832
  • Francis Calley Gray: 1833-1836
  • George Hayward: 1837-1845
  • Thomas Greaves Cary: 1846-1859
  • John Amory Lowell: 1860-1876
  • Charles Francis Adams: 1877-1879
  • Samuel Eliot: 1880-1898
  • Arthur Theodore Lyman: 1899-1915
  • Howard Stockton:  1916-1931
  • Charles Frances Adams: 1932-1935
  • George Edward Cabot: 1936-1946
  • Roger Wolcott: 1947-1957
  • Carlton Rubira Richmond: 1958-Dec. 1968
  • James Barr Ames: Dec. 16, 1968-1981
  • Arthur E. Vershbow: 1982-1995
  • John G. L. Cabot: 1996-2001
  • George Marshall Moriarty: 2002-2009
  • Deborah H. Bornheimer: 2010-2016
  • John S. Reed: 2016-

Vice Presidents

  • John Davis: 1807-1813
  • John Lowell: 1814-1815
  • Josiah Quincy: 1816-1819
  • James Perkins: 1820
  • John Richards: 1821-1822
  • Peter Oxenbridge Thacher: 1823-1825
  • Francis Calley Gray: 1826-1832
  • George Ticknor: 1833
  • George Hayward: 1834-1836
  • Thomas Greaves Cary: 1837-1845
  • John Amory Lowell: 1846-1859
  • George Livermore: 1860-1865
  • Andrew Townshend Hall: 1866-1875
  • Charles Francis Adams: 1876
  • Charles Deane: 1877-1884
  • Robert William Hopper: 1885
  • James Eliot Cabot: 1886-1898
  • John Chipman Gray: 1899-1904
  • Howard Stockton: 1905-1916
  • Russell Gray: 1917-1929
  • Charles Francis Adams: 1930-1931
  • George Edward Cabot: 1932-1935
  • Roger Walcott: 1936-1946
  • Augustus Peabody Loring, Jr.: 1947-1950
  • Carlton Rubira Richmond: 1951-1957
  • Richard Cushing Paine: 1957-1962
  • Francis Murray Forbes, Jr.: 1962-1980
  • Arthur E. Vershbow: 1981-1982
  • Gaspard  D’Andelot Belin  1982-2001
  • Clarissa C. Hunnewell: 2002-2007
  • Deborah H. Bornheimer: 2008-2009
  • Charles A. Coolidge, III: 2010-2017
    John S. Reed: 2015-2016
  • Susan B. Weatherbie: 2016-
  • Creelea H. Pangaro: 2017-

Treasurers

  • John Lowell: 1807-1810
  • Joseph Tilden: 1811-1815
  • Nathan Appleton: 1816-1827
  • Thomas Wren Ward: 1828-1836
  • Josiah Quincy Jr.: 1837-1851
  • Samuel Hopper: 1852-1853
  • Henry Bromfield Rogers: 1854-1867
  • Arthur Theodore Lyman: 1868
  • Henry Bromfield Rogers: 1869-1876
  • Charles Pickering Bowditch: 1877-1898
  • Alfred Bowditch: 1899-1918
  • Albert Thorndike: 1918-1935
  •     Arthur Lyman, Assistant Treasurer: 1918-1919
  • Charles Jackson: 1936-1957
  • Augustus Peabody Loring: 1957-1980
  • Lawrence Coolidge: 1981-1990
  • Gilbert M. Roddy, Jr.: 1991-2016
  • J. Mark Enriquez: 2016-

Secretaries

  • William Smith Shaw: 1807-1823
  • Henry Codman: 1824-1827
  • Josiah Quincy Jr.: 1828-1830
  • William Turell Andrews: 1831-1845
  • Henry Tuke Parker: 1846-1850
  • Charles Pelham Curtis, Jr.: 1851-1852
  • William Sohier Dexter: 1853-1854
  • Henry Melville Parker: 1855
  • William Appleton, Jr.: 1856
  • Lemuel Shaw, Jr.: 1857-1861
  • Arthur Theodore Lyman: 1862-1867
  • Charles Francis Adams, Jr.: 1868-1872
  • Brooks Adams: 1873-1879
  • Charles Herbert Williams: 1880-1887
  • William Reuben Richards: 1888-1894
  • Albert Thorndike: 1895-1917
  • Charles Knowles Bolton: 1918-1932
  • Allston Burr: 1933-1935
  • George Casper Homans: 1936-1941
  • Allston Burr: 1942-1947
  • George Casper Homans: 1948-1949
  • Carlton Rubira Richmond: 1950-1951
  • Parkman Dexter Howe: 1951-1969
  • Alexander Whiteside Williams: 1969-1980
  • John Lowell Lyman: 1981-1986 (died April 29, 1986)
  • Frances Hovey Howe: 1986-1997
  • Bayard Henry: 1998-2005
  • Edward B. Baldini 2006-2009
  • Alex Altschuller: 2010-2012
  • Elizabeth H. Owens: 2013-2015
  • David P. Ingram: 2015-