Julia D. Blakely

Resource Description
Special Collections Cataloger

Julia Blakely has undergraduate and master's degrees in art history from the George Washington University and a M.S., with a specialization in rare books, from Columbia University. For many years she was a lab instructor at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia (formerly at Columbia). She wrote the bibliographical descriptions for An Oak Spring Flora (1997) and has worked with several private collectors. Julia is part-time for the Smithsonian Libraries and works on other projects.

Her interests, both active and in reading, include sailing, maritime history, gardening, landscape architecture, cooking and baking, D.C. history, and running. She often blogs about this variety of subjects based on the collections of rare books in the Smithsonian Libraries.