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Kluge Center Welcomes New Director Kevin Butterfield

Kevin Butterfield, Director of the John W. Kluge Center

Kevin Butterfield, noted historian of American history and most recently executive director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, has joined the Library of Congress as Director of the John W. Kluge Center.

Butterfield succeeds Brent Yacobucci, who has returned to managing the energy and materials research section at the Congressional Research Service after serving as acting director, as well as previous director John Haskell, who retired in 2021.

Under Butterfield’s leadership, the Washington Library at Mount Vernon provided access and services to extensive materials on George Washington, colonial America, and the revolutionary era to scholars, and hosted research fellowships, public programs, and academic partnerships.

Prior to his work with the Washington Library, Butterfield was a tenured faculty member and director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and the university’s constitutional studies program. Butterfield focuses on the founding era of the United States and is the author of the award-winning 2015 book “The Making of Tocqueville’s America: Law and Association in the Early United States.”

To learn more about Kevin Butterfield, read the press release from the Library of Congress. And stay tuned for more from our blog and email list.

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