Since 1988 Daniel J. Slive has developed and curated collections and exhibitions concerning the history of the book in Europe and the Americas, fifteenth through twenty-first centuries, for a range of cultural heritage institutions including independent research, university, and theological libraries. He served as the first Head of Special Collections in the Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from 2008 until 2020. Previously, he worked in professional positions in the Special Collections & Archives at the University of California, San Diego; UCLA Library’s Department of Special Collections; and the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island. From 2004-2007, he was an Associate in the Americana Department of the William Reese Company, a leading antiquarian firm specializing in the history of the Americas, Pacific voyages, world travel, and natural history prior to 1900 as documented in books, manuscripts, and illustrated materials. In this position, he was primarily responsible for the cataloging and description of Latin Americana and European Americana as well as British North American and Caribbean imprints, particularly of the colonial period. Slive holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign; an M.A. in Ibero-American Studies (with an emphasis on colonial Latin America and Amerindian-Colonial relations) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests in Latin Americana include colonial-era imprints, works printed in Amerindian Languages, and illustrated books published throughout the region in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries.
- The History of the Book in Hispanic America, 16th–19th Centuries : 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017
- History of the Book: 200-1820: 2019
- The Renaissance Book, 1400-1650: 2021