Henry Snyder
1929 - 2016
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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.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Mar. 10 to Mar. 13, 2016.
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July 1, 2016
I only now looked up Henry's obituary, but I appreciate the family writing to inform me of his death. Henry was my advisor at KU from 1976 to 1982, when I received my Ph.D. In about 1979 he moved to LSU and so advised in absentia. We shared a mutual interest in historiography and together came up with my dissertation topic -- early eighteenth-century historians of British history. He offered vital information about historians, books, and archives for me to study. The dissertation eventually became my one and only book.

Henry was very busy and then moved away from Lawrence, so we never became personally close. But our connection was
more than impersonal academic. He invited me to his house several times and to a gala of the Johnson Society. We had lunch once near the British Library. The last time I saw him was when we got together at Riverside in the 90s.

Henry was incredibly creative and energetic, traveling far and wide for his bibliographic work. He edited the Marlborough-Godolphin correspondence, a major source for early eighteenth-century history. He was widely recognized for his articles on the politicians and the press,mainly during Queen Anne's reign.

I was fortunate to have him as my advisor and am glad I got to know him
Laird Okie
April 4, 2016
Henry and Janette brought fun and laughter everywhere they went. I treasure the memories of their visits to Ireland and the many birthdays we celebrated with Henry I'm our home. He was a gentleman and a scholar. Pat Donlon
Pat Donlon
March 28, 2016
Cousin Henry was our family historian and provided the glue that helped many of us to reach out and meet as well as learn about our relatives. We listened to family stories and history for hours. Henry could recite all the relationships from his phenomenal memory. His collection of family photos, essays and memorabilia are wonderful. Not only has our family suffered a loss, but the historical community as a whole have lost a legend. He will be in our memories for ever. Condolences and blessings to all the immediate family.
Ted Osborne
March 11, 2016
Henry was the cousin who really valued his family and his family history. I learned so much from him! He was enthusiastic in sharing the insights, photos and documents he had collected regarding our family. As we explored family history together, I was able to see his compassion and kindness, his great intelligence and boundless energy. I am so grateful for our friendship.
Elizabeth Powell
March 10, 2016
"ill remember you, wherever I may be..."
Dell Dungo
March 10, 2016
I will miss Henry's "can do" attitude. Whenever a question or concern came up, Henry would say "let's think about it for a time." And before you knew it, Henry would come up with some ideas of which one would usually work.
Thank you, Henry,for all you have taught me.
Arlene Miles
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