Huntington’s director of research to retire in 2011

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Robert C. Ritchie, who has served for close to 19 years as the director of research at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, will retire from his position in June 2011.

The Huntington said that Ritchie will remain at the organization as a senior research associate, writing on a variety of topics including life in the 17th century Caribbean and ‘beach culture’ throughout history.

Ritchie came to the Huntington in 1992 after serving as a history professor and associate chancellor at the University of California, San Diego. He was the fifth research director in the institution’s history and the first to hold an endowed title.

Among his responsibilities at the Huntington are overseeing the endowed research program and a fellowship program that hands out grants. He also is responsible for overseeing the Huntington Library Press, which publishes the Huntington Library Quarterly.


Ritchie’s many scholarly interests include Thomas Jefferson and early American history and culture.

In his final year as director of research, Ritchie is bringing in 152 fellows, including 26 scholars who will spend the full academic year at the Huntington.

Steven S. Koblik, president of the Huntington, is working with the board of trustees and a search committee to find Ritchie’s successor, which they hope to announce in early 2011.

-- David Ng

[Updated: a previous version of this post stated that Ritchie is bringing in 52 fellows this year. The correct number is 152.]


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