Portrait of Daniel Lewis
  • Email
    dlewis@huntington.org
  • Degrees
    PhD, History, University of California, Riverside
    MA, American History, Public History Program, Archives Specialty, University of California, Riverside
    BA, English/Writing, University of Redlands
  • Research Interests
    History of science, American history, Latin American history, Environmental history

Daniel Lewis is a research professor of history at Claremont Graduate University as well as the Chief Curator of Manuscripts and Dibner Senior Curator of the History of Science & Technology at the Huntington Library. His research interests include the history of science, American history, Latin American history, and environmental history. At CGU, Lewis’s teaching fields include American history, history of science, and archival studies.

Lewis received his MA and PhD from the University of California, Riverside. Since then, Lewis has had a rich career that has included many positions at universities, libraries, and other places. He has taught courses at USC, UCLA, and now CGU. He has also worked in many libraries, including the Orange Public Library, Francis Bacon Library, and the Huntington Library. In addition to these positions, Lewis has published several poems, many articles, and a number of books and has been on broadcast programs on NPR and PBS.

His recent exhibit at the Huntington Library, Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World, is a permanent exhibit in the Huntington’s Dibner Hall. Having won the American Association of Museums’ Grand Prize for Excellence in Exhibitions in 2009, this exhibit illustrates the beauty of science in a historical context. It is arranged around four areas: Astronomy, Natural History, Medicine, and Light.

Lewis has a forthcoming book, An Environmental History of Extinction and Survival Among Hawaiian Birds, that is under contract by Yale University Press.

An Environmental History of Extinction and Survival Among Hawaiian Birds. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, Forthcoming.

The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

Iron Horse Imperialism: The Southern Pacific of Mexico, 1880–1951. Tempe, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2007.

Co-authored with Ronald Brashear. Star Struck: One Thousand Years of the Art & Science of Astronomy. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2001.

Introduction to Archival Studies
Research Methods in the Archive