Alumnus to head rare-book library
ALUMNI | Gerald W. Cloud, AS ’05PhD, has been named head librarian of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a major library for rare books and manuscripts.
The library, administered by UCLA’s Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, is especially known for its strengths in English literature and history (1641-1800), Oscar Wilde and fine printing.
“The Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies and the Clark Library are an increasingly important cultural and academic resource in the Los Angeles area and beyond,” says Barbara Fuchs, the new director of the center.
Cloud earned his doctorate in English at UD, where he also worked as a graduate assistant in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection. That collection, privately owned but housed in UD’s Morris Library, comprises 7,000 first and other editions, manuscripts, letters, works on paper and ephemera, focusing on British literature and art from 1850 to 1900.
Before joining UCLA in August, Cloud was curator for literature at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library for four years and also was a lecturer in English and comparative literature there.
His wife, Lejla Kucukalic, AS ’05PhD, will teach 20th century literature at UCLA.