Pablo Alvarez

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660F Hatcher South
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Curator, Special Collections Research Center


Dr. Pablo Alvarez came to the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at the University of Michigan in 2010 from the University of Rochester (NY), where he was the Curator of Rare Books and taught in the fields of Classics and the History of the Book. In 2018, he published the edition and translation of the first comprehensive account of movable-type printing in Europe: P. Alvarez, transl. and ed. Alonso Víctor de Paredes’ Institution, and Origin of the Art of Printing, and General Rules for Compositors [Madrid: ca. 1680], Ann Arbor, MI.: The Legacy Press, 2018. In the previous year , he published a fully illustrated catalog of a major exhibit at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Library: The Art and Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance. Exhibit Catalog. Kelsey Museum Publications. Ann Arbor, MI: The Legacy Press, 2017. 


Dr. Alvarez received his PhD in Classics from the University of Alberta, after obtaining his M.Sc in Classics from the University of Edinburgh, and the Licenciatura in Classical Philology from the University of Seville. He has published reviews, articles, and books on various topics of book history and pedagogy in the use of rare books.


Dr. Alvarez' primary responsibilities are promoting the use of manuscripts and early printed books (up to 1700)  throughout the University, responding to requests for lectures or use of materials in the classroom, and supporting the research of all who use the Special Collections Research Center.