List of New York State Librarians

State Librarian Term
John Cook 1818-1823
Calvin Pepper 1823-1828
James Maher 1828-1839
Robert Brown 1839-1841
William Cassidy 1842-1844
John L. Tillinghast 1844-1848
Alfred Billings Street 1848-1862
Henry Augustus Homes 1862-1887
George R. Howell (acting General Librarian) 1887-1888
Melvil Dewey 1888-1905
Edwin H. Anderson 1905-1908
James Ingersoll Wyer, Jr. 1908-1938
Joseph Gavit (acting State Librarian)

1938-1939

Robert G. W. Vail 1940-1944
Joseph Gavit (acting State Librarian) 1944-1945
Charles F. Gosnell 1945-1962
S. Gilbert Prentiss 1962-1967
John A. Humphry 1965-1977
Joseph F. Shubert 1977-1996
Janet M. Welch 1996-2008
Bernard A. Margolis 2009-

In 1949, the State Librarian title was changed to State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries.

Last Updated: November 29, 2012