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Henry L. Snyder


Was professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Riverside, and the former director of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research. Dr. Snyder was a senior scholar in the fields of British history, specializing in the early 18th century, and bibliography. He is the author of more than thirty scholarly articles.
Henry was born November 3, 1929, in Hayward, California. He earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1951 to 1961 he served as an officer in the California Army National Guard, commanding companies in Walnut Creek and Pittsburg. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army reserves in 1978. Dr. Snyder was a professor at University of Kansas and then a Dean at Louisiana State University. In 1986 he became Dean of Arts and Humanities at University of California, Riverside while serving as director of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research until his retirement at the end of 2009. Dr. Snyder served as co-director of the English Short Title Catalogue in partnership with the British Library. He also served as director of the California Digital Newspaper Collection. In 2000 he inaugurated CCILA, Catálogo colectivo de impresos latinoamericanos hasta 1851. He developed the prototype for the Hand Press Book File of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) and was one of the organizers of CERL.
Dr. Snyder received one of the 2007 National Humanities Medals [1] His award cited him; "for visionary leadership in bridging the worlds of scholarship and technology. His direction of massive projects in the digital humanities has opened new frontiers in cataloguing and preserving ideas and documents for future generations." At the end of 2009 Queen Elizabeth II was pleased to graciously approve Dr. Snyder's appointment as an honorary officer (O.B.E.) of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for "services to English Studies worldwide". [1]
Dr. Snyder was a past President of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. He was also the founding president of the Baton Rouge Opera and served as the President of the Riverside [Calif.] Opera. He served on the Board of Directors of the California Genealogical Society, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Book Club of California, where he served as the club's librarian from 2013 until his death in 2016. He died February 29, 2016 in Kensington, California. He is survived by his three sons and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on May 14 at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Berkeley, CA.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 13, 2016
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