Erika Piola, Associate Curator of the Prints and Photographs Department has worked at the Library Company since 1997. She served as director of Philadelphia on Stone (2007-2010), a three-year grant project researching the first fifty years of commercial lithography in Philadelphia, 1828-1878. She has authored works about the Library Company’s African American graphics collection, 19th-century photographic views of Center City, and ephemera, as well as prominent early Philadelphia photographers. Her research interests also include sensational news event lithographs and stereographs portraying the “New Woman.”

Rachel D’Agostino has been with the Library Company since 2000.  She is currently the Curator of Printed Books, having previously worked as Reference Librarian, and in the Cataloging and Administration departments.  While at the Library Company, she has worked most extensively with early American imprints, 17th century British imprints, American bindings, and sheet music.  In addition to an MLS, Rachel holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School.  Her research interests include religious history, science and medicine, and the history of the book. 

To discuss making a charitable gift in support of collection development or digitization, or to help endow the program, please contact Rachel D’Agostino, Curator of Printed Books at rdagostino@librarycompany.org. 

To receive more information about VCP at LCP, or to discuss public programming, please contact Erika Piola, Associate Curator of Prints and Photographs at epiola@librarycompany.org.

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