Victoria Steele, who served for close to nine years as head of UCLA Library Special Collections, will be returning to UCLA.
Steele has accepted a two-year appointment as interim head librarian at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, beginning Aug. 28. The post has been vacant since the December departure of Gerald Cloud.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to lead one of the country's finest special collections in one of the world's most beautiful libraries,” Steele said. “I look forward to working with my exceptional new colleagues at the Clark Library and in the Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies. In addition, this dedicated Bruin is pleased as can be to reconnect with her beloved alma mater."
As head of UCLA Library Special Collections from 2000-2009, she raised close to $10 million to support acquisitions, processing, cataloging, preservation, programs, digital projects and endowments. Among the many collections she brought to UCLA were the Susan Sontag Papers. She also created the Center for Primary Research and Training, which has become a model for similar initiatives around the country.
Steele left UCLA to become the Brooke Russell Astor Director of Collections Strategy for the New York Public Library, where she has been responsible for the library’s renowned research collections, including numerous special collections and archives. During her tenure in New York, she and husband, Timothy Steele – a poet, critic, and professor emeritus of English at Cal State, Los Angeles – have maintained two households, one in Manhattan and another in West Los Angeles.
Steele holds a B.A. in art history and an M.L.S. from UCLA (as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. from USC). She is a past recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and the Order of the Golden Bruin, an honorary organization for those who have provided exemplary service to UCLA.
The Clark Library, located in L.A.’s historic West Adams District, specializes in English 17th- and 18th-Century history and literature, Oscar Wilde and fine printing. It is administered by the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies in the College.