Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum

Szilvia has very light hair and wears a black and white patterned blouse. She sits at a quarter turn away from the camera, looking at the camera with a neutral expression. Behind her is a shelf full of books.


Dr. Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum’s active participation in the field of book arts includes her career as a special collections librarian at St. John’s University; her position as a director of the Pine Tree Foundation; and her role as the creator and director of Comedias Sueltas USA, a unique resource for scholars researching Spanish theater, book history, and print culture in Iberia before the machine press period. She holds a PhD in Spanish literature from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and is an active member of the Grolier Club and the Association Internationale de Bibliophilie.
She served on the Board of Center for Book Arts from 2010 to 2022, and is now a Member Emeritus. During her time on the board, Szilvia’s guidance and support helped to greatly professionalize CBA’s approach to managing its Collections, leading to increasing use of these important resources by scholars, curators, teachers, and artists.

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