Peter P Blank

Senior Librarian, Art & Architecture Library

(650) 725-1038, (650) 561-2392

As Senior Librarian in the Bowes Art & Architecture Library, I share instructional, reference, and collection development responsibilities with my colleagues here in the Art & Architecture Library. The history of photography and 20th century American art are two areas I am especially interested in. One of the great pleasures I have in serving as Senior Librarian is the opportunity to build upon the tremedous strengths of our Art Locked Stacks collection, which includes a formidable array of antiquarian works, illuminated manuscript and Chinese scroll facsimiles, contemporary art ephemera, publications, and multiples, as well as a fine collection of photobooks and photographic materials. And many other fascinating materials. Our exhibitions and notable acquisitions pages will give you an idea of our collection strengths.


  • ABD. Art History. University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • MA. Hunter College, City University of New York. Art History. 1990. Thesis: "The Murmuring Vessel: Clarence John Laughlin, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Henry Holmes Smith, Frederick Sommer: The Continuing Trend of Subjectivism in American Photography.” 1993.
  • MLS. Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Library and Information Science. Specialized in art librarianship. 1989.
  • BA. Indiana University, Bloomington. Fine Arts Studio (photography and sculpture). 1987.

Professional activities 

Member, Art Libraries Society of North America (1987 - present).

Attended California Rare Book School, UCLA, 2012. "History, Identification, and Preservation of Photographic Materials."