Dr. Alexander Lawrence Ames is the author of The Word in the Wilderness: Popular Piety and the Manuscript Arts in Early Pennsylvania and the host of Cloister Talk: The Pennsylvania German Material Texts Podcast. Dr. Ames is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based historian, curator, and bibliophile. He holds an M.A. in American material culture and a Ph.D. in history of American civilization and museum studies from the University of Delaware and works as Collections Engagement Manager at The Rosenbach, an historic house museum and special collections library affiliated with the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Dr. Ames's scholarly interests focus on book history, material culture, and religious and intellectual life in early America. His research has been published in scholarly journals including Winterthur Portfolio, The Mennonite Quarterly Review, and Libraries: Culture, History, and Society. He has curated exhibitions of rare books and manuscripts including Grolier Club Bookplates, Past and Present (The Grolier Club, 2016-2017), American Voyager: Herman Melville at 200 (The Rosenbach, 2019-2020), Voyages by Road and Sea: Philadelphia Perspectives on Walt Whitman and Herman Melville (Free Library of Philadelphia, 2019-2020), and The Rights of Woman: Gender in Robert Burns's Enlightenment (The Rosenbach, 2020).
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