Sarah Burke Cahalan

Outreach, Special Collections, Digital Projects

About Me

I am a professional librarian with advanced degrees in art history and library science, and extensive experience in reference/outreach for special collections and rare books.

I am fascinated by the history of collections and collectors, love tracing bibliographic clues to learn about a book’s provenance, and think that digital and analog collections are complementary and mutually beneficial.  My current research project is on S. Fred Prince, who studied and illustrated the plants of the Ozarks in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

I shared some further thoughts on rare books with Fine Books & Collections in April 2014.

Questions?  Comments?  Email me: s.katherine.burke AT

On a sunny day at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky