Peter J. Blodgett

H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History
Department: Library

Dr. Peter Blodgett received his bachelor's degree in American history from Bowdoin College and his doctorate from Yale University. Since joining The Huntington in 1985, he has overseen the Library's collections related to the history of the North American West from 1800 to the present. Blodgett has spoken and published widely on national parks, tourism and recreation, as well as the management of manuscripts and archives. His most recent projects include "Geographies of Wonder," two consecutive exhibitions on America's national parks, and an edited volume, Motoring West: Volume 1 Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015).