Dr. Catherine Williamson is a Senior Specialist and Director of the Fine Books and Manuscripts department at Bonhams in Los Angeles. Dr. Williamson joined the book department in 1997 and was promoted to Department Director in 1999. Her areas of expertise include printed books and manuscripts, vintage photography and entertainment memorabilia.
During her tenure at Bonhams, Dr. Williamson has appraised, researched and sold high profile property including a rare manuscript notebook of George Gershwin's from 1929-1931; the Library of Ayn Rand; and the Private World of Truman Capote - a single-owner collection of manuscripts and memorabilia from one of the 20th century's most important writers.
Additionally, Dr. Williamson has successfully handled diverse property from the estates of the descendents of John Hancock, John Steinbeck, Erle Stanley Gardner, Ginger Rogers, Sarah Vaughan, Fred MacMurray, Jennifer Jones, Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power, among others.
Dr. Williamson received her PhD in Literature from Louisiana State University and her MA and BA in English from Florida State University. She has six years of teaching experience at college level, and has published several scholarly articles in leading academic journals. She is a frequent lecturer on rare books and manuscripts and Hollywood memorabilia throughout Southern California.