Yvonne Lewis

A History graduate who has recently also completed the MRes in Book History at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, Yvonne Lewis gained her MA LIS at University College London in 1992 and has worked with historic collections ever since.

Well-known within the special collections community, her experience is wide-ranging, with particular research interests in 17th and 18th century private libraries, book ownership, the reading experience, and maps and globes.

Yvonne started her library career as a cataloguer, and workplace projects have included collaborating with David Shaw to design the original PC-based rare books cataloguing package for the National Trust and drawing up specifications for a new online system. She also sat on the Cathedral Libraries and Archives Association Subcommittee for Cataloguing (1995-2004) during the expansion of its catalogue beyond Canterbury.

Other committee memberships have included the Historic Libraries Forum, CILIP Library History Group and CILIP Preservation, Conservation & Heritage Sub-committee. She was Honorary Secretary of CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group (1998 -2005), for which she organised the conferences in 2001 and 2002.

As well as writing NT Colour Guidebooks for Felbrigg and Kingston Lacy, and contributing to the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC) and several international projects, Yvonne has written on subjects including Sir Ralph Bankes (?1631-1677) and the origins of the library at Kingston Hall; the library of Richard Ellys (1682-1742) at Blickling Hall ; and Wimpole Hall’s globes. A select bibliography of her publications is included in our books and articles pages.

Throughout her career, Yvonne has trained hundreds of people to catalogue and has supervised work placement students in historic libraries. In August 2020 she is co-teaching Beginning Bibliography with Anne Welsh, and is also open to approaches for advice or bespoke training.

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Page last updated 16 July 2020.