A retired UC Riverside professor is set to be honored by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Henry Snyder, UC Riverside professor of history emeritus, will be presented with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medal Oct. 16 in Los Angeles, for his 32 years of work on the English Short-Title Catalogue.
The award was announced by the queen in December, and is rarely presented to individuals outside of the United Kingdom, said UCR Spokeswoman Bettye Miller in a news release.
Snyder, a British historian and scholar, developed a catalog that is a searchable database of every known publication in England and its dependencies, with works dating from the birth of the printing press in 1473 to 1800, Miller said.
It is the largest bibliography of its kind ever attempted and lists nearly 500,000 items, including books, handbills, fliers, pamphlets and warrants, Snyder told Miller.
“This is the great early printed bibliography of any language group,” he said. “It was in many ways the pioneer.”
“It’s nice to get the recognition. I’ve put a lot of effort into the project.”
On Oct. 6, UCR Chancellor Timothy White and other campus officials met with British Consul-General Dame Barbara Hay at her Los Angeles home, where Snyder will be presented with the honor Oct. 16.
Snyder retired from UCR on Dec. 31.