A representative of Queen Elizabeth II presented the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medal to Henry Snyder, UCR professor of history emeritus, in Los Angeles on Oct. 16. The award, which is presented to few individuals outside the United Kingdom, was announced by the queen last December.

British Consul-General Dame Barbara Hay met with Chancellor Timothy White and other campus officials on Oct. 6 to discuss plans for the ceremony, which was held at Hay’s home. During her visit the consul-general met with Stephen Cullenberg, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Tom Cogswell, professor of history; Georgia Elliott, former executive director of corporate and foundation relations; Melissa Conway, head of UCR Special Collections; and Patricia Hargis, UCR assistant librarian.

Snyder, a scholar of British history, was recognized for “service to English studies worldwide” for his work over 32 years on the English Short-Title Catalogue.

The catalog is a searchable database of every known publication in England and its dependencies from the birth of the printing press in 1473 to 1800. It is the largest bibliography of its kind ever attempted, Snyder said, and lists nearly 500,000 items, including books, handbills, fliers pamphlets and warrants.

The catalog, whose American component is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a joint effort of UCR’s Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research, the British Library and the American Antiquarian Society.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry created in 1917 by George V.

There are five degrees of award in civil and military divisions; Officer is fourth out of the five degrees and is not one of those for which knighthood is conferred. Snyder is one of 11 individuals honored in this category this year.