Board of Trustees Class of 2026
Below are three society members who have committed to service on the Board of Trustees for the next three years. One is a brand new board member and two have taken on a second term. We thank them all for their commitment to the society.
Carrie Stanny for the past ten years has been a freelance reference librarian and researcher. Her work is wide-ranging. Projects include researching the Susquehanna Land Deed of 1754; a biography of Canadian artist Paul Kane (1810-1871), which involved, among other things, tracing the lives of Nineteenth Century American, British, and European engravers; and a deep dive into the many Indian Portrait Galleries that were staged in the United States from 1833-1836. As a researcher she is passionate about the accessibility and searchability of private and institutional digital collections. She is looking forward to working with fellow trustees to help shape the next seventy-five years of the Society.
Dan Hamelberg of Champaign, Illinois, has collected autographs and manuscripts for some four decades. His collections include autograph letters signed by US presidents while in office as well as material from Declaration of Independence and Constitution signers. He also collects Revolutionary War maps, printed forms of the Declaration, and other notable early American documents and books. An aficionado of rare American coins, he is a trustee of the American Numismatic Society and a past president of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. His library of American numismatic literature is considered the best in private hands. Apart from his collecting life, Dan is chairman of the University Group, an Illinois real estate holding company.
George Snook comes to the board with some history: his father, of the same name, was a longtime member of the Manuscript Society. In fact, history is a running theme for Snook. He earned a BA in history from the University of New Hampshire and followed it with an MA in European history from Fordham. He went on to teach history, retiring from the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn last year. Snook collects rare books, antiques, and manuscripts—historical, of course.