© John C. Van Horne
John C. Van Horne has since 1985 been the Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia. Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731 as the first American subscription library, the Library Company is today an independent research library with extensive collections of rare books documenting all aspects of American history through the end of the 19th century. Dr. Van Horne was educated at Princeton University and the University of Virginia, where he received his Ph.D. in 1979. Prior to his appointment to the Library Company he was editor of The Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, a multi-volume edition of the writings and drawings of America's first professional architect and engineer. Dr. Van Horne lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter.