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History of The Huntington
The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California. Along with his wife, Arabella Duval Huntington, he amassed extensive library, art, and botanical collections that continue to evolve. Today The Huntington is one of the largest and most complete independent research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization.
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David Zeidberg, who retires in June after 21 years as director of the Library, looks back on some of the many highlights of his career in the annual Founder’s Day lecture. Recorded Feb. 23, 2017.
Published 02/24/17
Kevin Salatino, the Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections, looks at the origins of art at The Huntington and predicts its future course, asking "Where do we come from, what are we, where are we going?" This talk was part of the Founder’s Day Lecture series at The Huntington.
Published 02/26/16
Laura Skandera Trombley became the eighth president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in July 2015. However, her history with the institution began much earlier. A specialist on Mark Twain, Trombley began conducting research at The Huntington as a young scholar,...
Published 11/04/15
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