UC - Riverside historian named Officer of the British Empire (OBE)





To the titles Recipient of a National Humanities Medal and Professor of History Emeritus at UC Riverside Henry Snyder can add one more: Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

The award, which is presented to few individuals outside the United Kingdom, was announced by Queen Elizabeth II in December and will be presented to Snyder at the British embassy in Washington, D.C. in early spring.

Snyder, a scholar of British history, was recognized for “service to English Studies worldwide” for his work over 32 years on the English Short-Title Catalogue. The catalog is a searchable database of every known publication in England and its dependencies from the birth of the printing press in 1473 to 1800. It is the largest bibliography of its kind ever attempted, Snyder said, and lists nearly 500,000 items, including books, handbills, fliers, pamphlets and warrants.


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