Greg Prickman

Head, Special Collections

I am the Head of Special Collections at the University of Iowa, which means I am responsible for the administration of a remarkable collection of rare books, manuscripts and archives. Our holdings document the history of the book from the medieval era to the present, and we are particularly proud of our artists book collections and the ways in which we support the studio work at UICB with exemplars from artists and practitioners from all over the world. We are also well-equipped to support the in-depth study of historical book structures with varied and eclectic collections of books from the hand-press era and beyond.

My personal interests run heavily towards the earliest hand printed books. I am the creator of the Atlas of Early Printing, a digital project to visualize and map the incunabula era in Europe. The Atlas has been online since 2008 and continues to be developed. I have been involved in many of the UI Libraries digital initiatives, such as the DIY History transcription site. For the Center for the Book I teach a variety of classes on the History of the Book, from broad survey-style Introduction classes to more intensive sessions on early printing. All of the classes I teach involve extensive use of the collections and hands-on time with rare books.