Interim Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia

John Van Horne was Director of the Library Company from 1985 to 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree and doctorate in history from the University of Virginia. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2005. Dr. Van Horne’s publications include a dozen articles, many volumes of The Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe (Yale) and other edited works such as Religious Philanthropy and Colonial Slavery: The American Correspondence of the Associates of Dr. Bray, 1717-1777 (1985); The Abolitionist Sisterhood: Women’s Political Culture in Antebellum America (with Jean Fagan Yellin, 1994); Traveling the Pennsylvania Railroad: The Photographs of William H. Rau (2002); and America’s Curious Botanist: A Tercentennial Reappraisal of John Bartram (1699-1777) (with Nancy Hoffmann, 2004).