GRoW is honored to support both the Morgan Library's Belle da Costa Greene Fellows as well as the Library's upcoming 2024 exhibition dedicated to Ms. Greene's prominent career and exceptional life.
The Morgan Library & Museum began as the personal library of financier, collector, and cultural benefactor James Pierpont Morgan, widely known as J.P. Morgan. Belle da Costa Greene, who became J. P. Morgan's personal librarian in 1905, curated the library's collection of rare illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings. When the library became a public institution, she became its first director, serving in that role for twenty-four years.
Known as an authority on illuminated manuscripts, Belle da Costa Greene was widely regarded as one of the most prominent librarians in American history. The Fellowship program in her name will prepare curatorial fellows with a working knowledge of the museum and special collections library operations, provide experience in core curatorial activities, and offer Fellows opportunities to engage and interact with colleagues in other departments while gaining skills and grounding in key areas of a museum and special collections library.