David H. Stam claims he has been writing throughout his life: grade school essayist; contributor to high school magazine; editor of college weekly. Academic writing through three degrees: BA (English); MLS (Library Science); Ph. D. History, culminating with his dissertation (England’s Calvin. The Reception of Jean Calvin in Tudor England); other graduate studies in divinity and English. Journalist US Navy. Assistant Editor of Library Publications, NYPL, followed by 35 years of library administration with dozens of contributions to professional library journals and other publications. His retirement in 1998 provided opportunity for works of larger scope, including An International Dictionary of Library Histories, edited by David H. Stam; Books on Ice: British & American Literature of Polar Exploration, Curated by David H. Stam and Deirdre C. Stam; What Happened to Me, a Memoir, by David H. Stam; and Adventures in Polar Reading: The Book Cultures of High Latitudes, by David H. Stam with Deirdre C. Stam.