Jason W. Dean is Director of Special Collections & Archives at Southwestern University, Texas’ first institution of higher education. His undergraduate degree in history is from Hardin-Simmons University, and his MS LIS is from Syracuse University. Jason has also completed coursework at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

Prior to coming to Southwestern, Jason was Head of the Special Formats Cataloging Unit at the University of Arkansas, and was previously the Cataloger and Technical Services Librarian at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, where he started their library.

His areas of research interest include special collections administration, rare books and their role in United States history as material objects, American color printing, and metadata for rare books and special collections.

Jason is a member of the Grolier Club, and a past IMLS-RBS fellow. He is active in several professional organizations related to history, rare books, and archives.


BBS, Hardin-Simmons University, 2005

MS LIS, Syracuse University, 2010