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Greg Prickman

Eric Weinmann Librarian, Director of Collections

(202) 544-4600

Greg Prickman was appointed the Eric Weinmann Librarian and Director of Collections in July 2018. Previously he was head of Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries. Prickman came to the University of Iowa Libraries in 2006, working as a special collections librarian and then as the assistant head of Special Collections and University Archives before becoming the head of Special Collections in 2011.

He was the instigator of DIY History (, a crowdsourcing transcription project for Civil War diaries and other digitized manuscripts, and the creator and lead developer of The Atlas of Early Printing (, a digital, publicly accessible map depicting the development of printing in Europe in the 15th century that uses GIS mapping.

Under his leadership, acquisitions to the library’s collections include the Gallup family papers, the Tom Brokaw papers, and the Brinton Collection of Early Film. He appears in a 2017 documentary featuring this  collection entitled Saving Brinton ( He has also taught at the university’s Center for the Book and School of Library and Information Services.

Before Iowa, he worked at public, academic, and corporate libraries, including the Ebling Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Special Collections and Preservation Division of the Chicago Public Library. Prickman is a member of the Grolier Club and the Caxton Club, and serves on the International Working Group of the Bibliographical Society of America. He is a Director of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) and is a member of the Board of Directors for the English Short-Title Catalog, North America (ESTC/NA). A 1994 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Prickman majored in History and Studio Art with a printmaking focus. His MLS, with a specialization in Rare Books and Manuscripts, is from Indiana University.