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John E Mustain

Curator of Rare Books


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John's role in the library

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.

Course Guides by John

Course number Term Guide Instructor
CLASSGEN 61N Winter Classical California Grant Parker

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).


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