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Katherine Reagan

Katherine Reagan is the Ernest L. Stern Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts and Assistant Director for Collections in Cornell Library's Rare and Manuscript Division. Katherine has been a member of the Cornell University Library staff since 1996. During her tenure she has been responsible for enriching the library's substantial holdings across multiple subjects. She established the Cornell Hip Hop Collection at Cornell in 2007, which has since grown into the largest archive in the world on the subject.

Prior to her arrival at Cornell, Katherine worked at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. Her degrees are from the University of California-Berkeley (BA, 1989) and from Columbia University (MA, 1992). She is a past president of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association, and has taught courses on book history for Cornell's Department of English and for CAU. She is also on the faculty of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, where she teaches a course on building collections of modern cultural materials, and she recently joined the faculty of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar based in Colorado Springs.