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Last year BPH reported that George Eastman House was changing the status of the library within the institution. A consequence of this was the departure of Rachel Stuhlman after nearly thirty years. One year later and BPH can report that Virginia Dodier was appointed Associate Librarian of the Richard and Ronay Menschel Library at George Eastman House last June and that the library continues to provide a service to GEH and to external researchers. 

Dodier will be familiar to many in the UK as she worked on the V&A's Clementina, Lady Hawarden: Studies from Life, 1857–1864 exhibition and book. Hawarden was also the subject her MA thesis. 

George Eastman House announced [2 June 2014] that Virginia Dodier has joined the museum as associate librarian for its Richard and Ronay Menschel Library. A specialist in libraries, archives and museums (LAM), she will maintain the research library and rare books collection of George Eastman House; serve as chief cataloger of the library’s collections and acquisitions; contribute to exhibitions, publications, and public programs developed by museum curatorial staff; and collaborate with other staff to provide an integrated approach to technology and other museum initiatives.

Dodier brings more than twenty years of professional experience to her new role at George Eastman House. She previously served as director of the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center in New Mexico for ten years. Prior to that, she was the study center supervisor in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, where she facilitated access to the museum and departmental collections, oversaw library acquisitions, and assisted researchers.   

She received a master’s degree in the history of art from Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, as well as a master’s degree in library science with an archives studies certificate from Emporia State University in Kansas. Recently, Dodier worked with the independent press archive at the Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) in Rochester as part of her practicum for her master’s degree in library science. She is the author of Clementina, Lady Hawarden: Studies from Life, 1857–1864, which accompanied an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

She can be reached :

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, 900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607


t: 001 585 271-3361 x307, x336

Photo; Michael Pritchard, October 2014

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