Unpacking Pat Oliphant: A First Glimpse into the Archive of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist

Date & Time

September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Alumni Hall, Ballroom (see rain site info)
211 Emmet Street South
Charlottesville, VA



In Spring 2018 the UVA Library announced the acquisition of the papers of the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and fine artist Patrick Oliphant. Learn how the collection came to UVA, see some of its richest contents, and hear how the library expects the collection to become a part of the research and teaching profile of the University’s arts, politics, and history programs.


Mary Molly Schwartzburg

Curator, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Molly Schwartzburg  is curator of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections at the University of Virginia, where she builds modern collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Her recent exhibitions include Faulkner: Life and Works (2017) and The University of Virginia in 100 Objects (2017-2018). Exhibitions in development include Oliphant: Unpacking the Archive (Fall 2019) and Drafting World Peace (2020), marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Molly received the Lifetime Learning Outstanding Faculty Speaker Recognition Award in 2017.

John Unsworth

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, Professor of English

In June of 2016, John Unsworth was appointed Dean of Libraries, University Librarian, and Professor of English at the University of Virginia. From 2012 to 2016, John served as Vice-Provost for Library and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University, where he was also University Librarian and Professor of English. In August of 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Humanities Council.

Before joining Brandeis University, John was Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 2003 to 2012. In addition to being a Professor in GSLIS, at Illinois he also held appointments in the department of English and on the Library faculty. At Illinois he also served as Director of the Illinois Informatics Institute from 2008 to 2011.

From 1993-2003, he served as the first Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and as a faculty member in the English Department at the University of Virginia. For his work at IATH, he received the 2005 Richard W. Lyman Award from the National Humanities Center. He chaired the national commission that produced Our Cultural Commonwealth, the 2006 report on Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities and Social Science, on behalf of the American Council of Learned Societies, and he has supervised research projects across the disciplines in the humanities. He has also published widely on the topic of electronic scholarship and has co-directed one of nine national partnerships in the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program, securing grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Getty Grant Program, IBM, Sun, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and others.

John attended Princeton University and Amherst College as an undergraduate, graduating from Amherst in 1981. He received a Master’s degree in English from Boston University in 1982 and a PhD in English from the University of Virginia in 1988. His first faculty appointment was in English at North Carolina State University from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, at NCSU, he co-founded the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture (now published by Johns Hopkins University Press, as part of Project Muse). He also organized, incorporated, and chaired the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, co-chaired the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly Editions, served as President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, and chaired the steering committee for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, as well as serving on many other editorial and advisory boards.

John was born in 1958 in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 1978, he married Margaret English, with whom he has three children: Bill, Thomas, and Eleanor.

Rain Site Location Information

If rain is expected on the day of the event and there is an early football game time, the Alumni Association will move their tailgate into the Ballroom and More Than the Score will be held at The Rotunda Dome Room. A decision will be made on the Thursday morning prior to the event and we will send you an email notification informing you of the location change.