John E Mustain

Curator of Rare Books

(650) 725-6964

I select and acquire materials to enhance and enlarge the Rare Books collections of the Stanford University Libraries.  I collect across many academic areas, attentive to the needs of our various faculty and academic programs.  I offer reference help, to assist in researching and interpreting our collections.  I work closely and extensively with faculty and students in class sessions and research projects.  I work with students and faculty in the fields of bibliography, subject bibliography as well as analytical bibliography, the branch of bibliography that examines the physical features of a printed book or manuscript.  I work with rare book dealers to maintain a fine working realtionship with the trade.  I perform a lot of outreach to donors.


  • M.L.S., Library Science, U.C. Berkeley
  • M.T.S., Medieval History, Harvard University
  • A.B., History, U.C. Riverside

Professional activities 

The Bibliographical Society

Book Club of California

The Roxburghe Club


Selected Publications 

In Folio: Rare Volumes in the Stanford University Libraries. (Stanford: Stanford University Libraries, 2004).

“The Kline/Roethke Collection at Stanford.”  East-Central Intelligencer n.s. 16:3 (Sept. 2002).

“The James A. Healy Collection at Stanford University.”  Imprint 20:2 (Fall & Winter 2001/2002).

“Selected Books from Ewald Flügel’s Library in Stanford’s Special Collections.” Imprint 20:3 (Spring & Summer 2002).

“Happy 30th to the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries.” Imprint 23:1 (Fall, 2004).

“The Foulis Press Legacy at Stanford.” Ex Libris 11:1 (Spring/Summer, 1999).

“Bibliography of Works by and Related to Athanasius Kircher at the Stanford University Libraries” in The Great Art of Knowing: The Baroque Encyclopedia of Athanasius Kircher.  (Stanford: Stanford University Libraries, 2001).