T. Kimball Brooker



T. Kimball Brooker


T. Kimball Brooker is a contemporary American scholar specializing in Renaissance libraries and a book collector. He studied French Literature at Yale University in 1962. He obtained a Master of Business Administration in 1968 from Harvard University. He completed his Ph.D. in art history at the University of Chicago in 1996.
From an early age, he has been an active member of bibliographic societies and a trustee or member of many American library committees. His interests in arts and books, especially of the 16th and 17th centuries, resulted in his acclaimed collection. He has been honored with an award such as the Sir Thomas More medal for book collecting from the University of California.
During the last years, the University of Chicago offers an annual award for students who have started their book collections sponsored and named after him, T. Kimball Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting[1]. The prize aims to give the students the chance to enrich their collection and share their passion and envision of book collecting within an academic environment. He has been the President of the Association Internationale de Bibliophilie from 2007 to 2013. Additionally, he is a trustee of the Morgan Library and Museum since 1988.
In 2014, Brooker visited the Municipal Library of Besançon and studied Morillon’s “fairly legible handwritten” Index. After fulfilling the transcription of the Latin text, Brooker translated the work, identified the editions, and added corrections and comments. The result was published under the aid of the Association Internationale de Bibliophile (Brooker, 2014).

[1] (T. Kimball Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting - T. Kimball Brooker Prize - The University of Chicago Library, n.d.) https://ccrf.uchicago.edu/opportunity/t-kimball-brooker-prize-undergraduate-book-collecting