History Program

Daniel Lewis

Research Associate Professor of History


Contact Information

School of Arts and Humanities
831 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-8612

The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2206


Spring 2014 Office Hours

By appointment.



Ph.D., History, University of California, Riverside
M.A., American History, Public History Program, Archives specialty, University of California, Riverside
B.A., English/Writing, University of Redlands

Research Interests

  • History of science
  • American history
  • Latin American history
  • Environmental history

Teaching Fields

  • American history
  • History of science
  • Archival studies

Current Project(s)

Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World, University of California Press/Huntington Library Press [in process, expected 2011].

The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds, Yale University Press (expected 2011).

The Book Everybody Read: A Census of Every Surviving Copy of Darwin's Origin of Species [in process].

Selected Publications

Iron Horse Imperialism: The Southern Pacific of Mexico, 1880-1951, University of Arizona Press, May 2007 (issued in paperback Oct. 2008).

Star Struck: One Thousand Years of the Art & Science of Astronomy (co-authored with Ronald Brashear, jointly published by Huntington Library Press & University of Washington Press, Winter 2000).


Additional Information

Daniel Lewis is currently the Chief Curator of Manuscripts and Dibner Senior Curator of the History of Science & Technology at The Huntington Library.  His most recent exhibit at The Huntington is entitled Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World, which won the American Association of Museums' Grand Prize for Excellence in Exhibitions, 2009.

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