RBS News

  • Apply Now for Spring and Summer 2017 Courses

    Applications for spring and summer 2017 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS.

    Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process.

    Applications for Rare Book School courses are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions, submit your application(s) for spring and summer courses by 20 February.

    See the Course Application page for more details.

    Posted 13 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Scholarship Awards Announced

    Rare Book School is pleased to announce the recipients of its Scholarship Committee awards, as well as the winners of the Buice Scholarships for returning RBS students and the RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship. Congratulations!

    Directors’ Scholarship Fund:


    André Araújo
    Eve Bourbeau-Allard
    Danielle Canter
    Jennifer Chavez
    Nicholas Cotoulas
    Rachel Dugan
    Rachel Furnari
    April James
    Lucy Kelsall
    Julia King
    Diana La Femina

    Rafael Linares Blasini
    Pablo Martínez
    Rebekah McFarland
    Philippe Mongeau
    Justine Provino
    Emma Sarconi
    Christian Scipioni
    Rachel Singel
    Denisse Solis
    E. Mariah Spencer



    RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship: Kaydian Campbell & Angelibel Soto

    ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship: Lori Grisham

    ASECS Scholarship: María Verónica Muñoz-Nájar Luque

    Atlas Systems Scholarship: Mark Armstrong

    Bibliographical Society of America Scholarship: Meghan Kern

    BSUVA Scholarships:


    Rebecca Benson
    Julia Dauer
    Alison Fraser
    Anna Kathryn Grau
    Alina Martimyanova

    James Payne
    Megan Piorko
    Mhairi Rutherford
    Ray Schrire
    Maria Shmygol


    Caxton Club Scholarship: Lindsey O’Brien

    James Davis Scholarship: Juan-Pablo Gonzalez

    New SHARP Scholar Bursary: Vaibhav Singh

    William T. Buice III Scholarships:

    Amalia Castañeda
    Patrick Crowley
    Rachel Duke
    Courtney Floyd
    Amy Gore
    Rebecca Hill
    Alexsandra Mitchell

    Julian Neuhauser
    Andrea Peacock
    Emerson Richards
    Jessica Ryan
    Cara Schlesinger
    Carlin Soos

    Posted 14 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Receives $100,000 Matching Grant from NEH

    Rare Book School has received a $100,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through their Humanities Access Grant program.

    These matching funds will support thirty-six scholarships, to cover full tuition to a Rare Book School course as well as travel and housing costs. These scholarships will be awarded to librarians, humanities scholars, students, conservators, and other professionals working with humanities-based heritage collections; eligible applicants will either identify with underrepresented racial or ethnic communities, or will work primarily with collections that document minority, immigrant, and non-western cultural traditions. Applications for the first group of scholarships will be available in September 2017.

    Programming funded by this 1:1 matching grant is designed to build on Rare Book School’s ongoing Global Book Histories Initiative, which seeks to expand and strengthen RBS’s course offerings in non-western book history and bibliography over the next several years.

    In addition to the scholarship program, matching funds will be used to subsidize six public lectures relating to global book cultures, to be offered between 2018 and 2021. These lectures will be delivered by leading specialists from around the world, and RBS will share audio and video of each lecture via our YouTube and podcast channels.

    “We are delighted that the NEH has given us the opportunity to pursue these matching funds,” said Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “These monies will help us provide ongoing access to RBS courses for students from groups underrepresented in the cultural heritage professions. We look forward to securing the funds necessary to prove ourselves worthy of the NEH’s trust, so that we can help shape the future of special collections in salutary ways.”

    Per NEH’s timeline for the Humanities Access Grant program, Rare Book School will raise the $100,000 in matching funds before May 2018, with grant-funded programming offered between June 2018 and September 2021.

    If you are interested in supporting Rare Book School by donating funds toward this programming, to be matched 1:1 by the NEH, please contact Development Director Megan Gildea (megan.gildea@virginia.edu; 434-243-1010).

    See the full NEH announcement.

    Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

    Posted 1 month, 3 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Announces Spring and Summer 2017 Course Schedule

    We are very pleased to announce the 2017 Rare Book School spring and summer course schedule! Along with 27 courses in Charlottesville, RBS will also offer courses at the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington; the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven; and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

    New courses and courses with new faculty members for 2017 include:

    Applications for spring and summer 2017 courses will be accepted beginning in early January.

    See the full schedule.

    Posted 2 months, 15 days ago by RBS
  • Reminder: Applications for RBS Scholarships & RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowships Due on 31 October

    Reminder: the deadline for applications as part of the 2016 RBS scholarship cycle is Monday, 31 October. Applications are open for all RBS-awarded scholarships (for both first-time and returning RBS students) and for the RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship Program. For general queries about scholarships or fellowships, see the FAQs page. Participation in the scholarship/fellowship program implies acceptance of the scholarship Terms and Conditions.

    To begin the application process, please log into your myRBS account (or create a new myRBS account). On the Home screen, click the “Apply for a Scholarship or Fellowship” button on the left side of the page. If you have any trouble with myRBS, see the FAQs page or email rbsprograms@virginia.edu.

    The application deadline for RBS-awarded scholarships and for the RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship is Monday, 31 October 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT.

    See the Scholarships page for descriptions of the various scholarships available.

    Posted 2 months, 24 days ago by RBS
  • New Deadline: Calls for Proposals for Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference

    Calls for Proposals and Participants for sessions at the Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference (12–15 October 2017 in Philadelphia) are now available at http://rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference-2017/. Conference session formats include paper sessions, roundtables, short presentations, and working groups. Proposals are now due by 15 November.

    To receive updates and registration information about the conference, please fill out the Mailing List Signup Form.

    Posted 2 months, 24 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Announces Fall 2016 Public Lectures

    We are pleased to announce three public Rare Book School lectures this fall:

    • At 6:00 p.m. on Monday, 17 October at the Grolier Club in New York City, Elizabeth McHenry (Associate Professor of English, New York University) will speak on “Making Negro Literature: Rethinking Literature’s Workspaces and the Margins of Print Culture.” This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
    • At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 October at East City Bookshop in Washington, D.C., RBS Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. will speak on “The Other Hamilton: Sir William Hamilton and the Revolution in Eighteenth-Century Collecting.” This event is free and open to the public, but as space at the venue is limited, we ask that you sign up in advance to let us know that you plan to attend. A reception will follow.
    • At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, 14 November in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVA, Beth McKillop (Senior Research Fellow, Victoria & Albert Museum) will deliver a lecture titled “Korea: Confucians, Buddhists, and their Books.” This event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow in the Rare Book School suite (Alderman Library 118).

    For more information on RBS lectures, or to listen to past lectures, see www.rarebookschool.org/lectures. Past lectures are also available via iTunes or your preferred podcast delivery system (search for “Rare Book School”).

    Posted 3 months, 13 days ago by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for January Course at Harvard

    Applications are now being accepted via myRBS for Rare Book School’s winter session in Cambridge, MA, 8–13 January 2017:

    Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process.

    Applications for Rare Book School courses are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions for this course, submit your application(s) by 31 October. See the Apply to RBS courses page for more details.

    We are also still accepting applications for the following October courses in New York City and Washington, DC:

    In New York City (16–21 October):

    In Washington, DC (16–21 October):

    Posted 3 months, 26 days ago by RBS
  • Calls for Proposals Now Open for Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference

    Calls for Proposals and Participants for sessions at the Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference (12–15 October 2017 in Philadelphia) are now available at http://rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference-2017/. Conference session formats include paper sessions, roundtables, short presentations, and working groups. Proposals are due by 25 October.

    To receive updates and registration information about the conference, please fill out the Mailing List Signup Form.

    Posted 4 months, 5 days ago by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for RBS Scholarships and RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowships

    We are now accepting applications for the 2016 scholarship cycle. Applications are open for all RBS-awarded scholarships (for both first-time and returning RBS students) and for the RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship Program. For general queries about scholarships or fellowships, see the FAQs page. Participation in the scholarship/fellowship program implies acceptance of the scholarship Terms and Conditions.

    To begin the application process, please log into your myRBS account (or create a new myRBS account). On the Home screen, click the “Apply for a Scholarship or Fellowship” button on the left side of the page. If you have any trouble with myRBS, see the FAQs page or email rbsprograms@virginia.edu.

    The application deadline for RBS-awarded scholarships and for the RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship is Monday, 31 October 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT.

    See the Scholarships page for descriptions of the various scholarships available.

    Posted 4 months, 16 days ago by RBS
  • Rare Book School Receives $1 Million Gift

    We are honored to announce that Rare Book School has received a $1 million gift from philanthropist Jay T. Last. This donation, the single largest in the School’s history, is to be used over the next four years to “strengthen the School for the future,” as Mr. Last wrote in a letter accompanying the gift.

    The funds from Mr. Last’s benefaction will be used to improve and expand Rare Book School programs, and to increase the School’s visibility, sustainability, and impact over the long term. “After carefully studying our organization, Jay has chosen to make a philanthropic investment in the future success of RBS’s educational mission,” said Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “Jay and I are united in our hope that his strategic magnanimity will lead others to invest in our future as well.”

    Posted June 3, 2016 by RBS
  • RBS Announces 2016 Summer Lecture Schedule

    The staff at Rare Book School are thrilled to announce the exciting lineup for this summer’s lecture series at the University of Virginia. The lectures are free and open to the public. All talks will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library (unless otherwise noted). Lectures will last 30–40 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A, and will be followed by a reception in the RBS suite on the first floor of Alderman Library (Alderman 118).

    Monday, 6 June: Amy S. Landau, Associate Curator of Islamic and South Asian Art, Walters Art Museum: Art and Nature in Mughal Albums

    Monday, 13 June: Mike Kelly, Head of Archives & Special Collections, Amherst College: Samson Occom and the Uses of Bibliography

    Wednesday, 15 June: William S. Reese, William Reese Company: Starting Out: My Early Days as a Rare Book Dealer – Rare Book School Lecture 600

    Monday, 11 July: Andrew van der Vlies, Reader in Global Anglophone Literature and Theory, Queen Mary University of London: Print Cultures and Protest in (Southern) Africa: Bibliography, Anthropology, Ideology, and Aesthetics

    Monday, 25 July: Alice Schreyer, Roger and Julie Baskes Vice President for Collections and Library Services, The Newberry Library: The Newberry: Independent Research Libraries as Bibliographical Communities

    Monday, 1 August: Randall McLeod, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Toronto: The Birth of Italics

    Wednesday, 3 August: Johanna Drucker, Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies, Department of Information Studies, UCLA: Alphabet Historiography: Analogue Artifacts and Digital Projects – The 2016 Sol. M. and Mary Ann O’Brian Malkin Lecture

    We are also pleased to announce that there will be a public lecture as part of our 5–10 June session at Yale University:

    Monday, 6 June: Raymond Clemens, Curator for Early Books and Manuscripts, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University: Bits and Pieces: Making the Parts Whole. This lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Lecture Hall, Yale University.

    For information on lectures at other RBS course locations, or to listen to past lectures, see www.rarebookschool.org/lectures. Past lectures are also available via iTunes or your preferred podcast delivery system (search for “Rare Book School”).

    Posted May 26, 2016 by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Courses

    Applications are now being accepted via myRBS for eight Rare Book School courses offered this fall in New York City, Washington, DC, and Charlottesville, VA.

    In New York City (16–21 October):

    In Washington, DC (16–21 October):

    In Charlottesville, VA (13–18 November):

    Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process.

    Course applications are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions, submit your application(s) by 1 July for October courses and by 1 August for November courses. Applications for summer RBS courses are still being considered on a rolling basis; email rbsprograms@virginia.edu for information about course availability. See the Course Schedule page for a full listing of 2016 courses.

    See the Course Application page for more details.

    Posted May 6, 2016 by RBS
  • Announcing the 2016–17 RBS-UVA Fellows

    We are pleased to announce the 2016–17 cohort of RBS-UVA Fellows:

    • DeVan Ard – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Thomas Berenato – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Evan Cheney – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Ashleigh Elser – Ph.D. student, Department of Religious Studies
    • Mary Gilbert – Ph.D. student, Department of Classics
    • Samantha Wallace – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Chloe Wells – Ph.D. student, McIntire Department of Art

    Each of the fellows will attend an RBS course this summer, and will submit a final fellowship project by 14 April 2017.

    See the RBS-UVA Fellowship page for more information about the fellowship program.

    Posted April 27, 2016 by RBS
  • RBS Receives Grant for “Bibliography Among the Disciplines” Conference

    Rare Book School has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a four-day international conference, “Bibliography Among the Disciplines.” To be held in Philadelphia from 12 to 15 October 2017, the meeting will focus on developing object-oriented methods, skills, and collaborative projects across disciplinary fields, time periods, regions, and languages. The project will culminate in 2019 with a volume of essays contributed by conference participants.

    The conference and subsequent volume will seek to build on the ongoing series of symposia conducted by Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, established in 2012 through funding from the Foundation. The conference sessions will include both traditional and innovative formats: plenary addresses, short presentations, roundtable, workshops, working groups, and site visits. The conference will be widely advertised to more than 30 academic associations and societies, as well as professional organizations for scholar-librarians, museum curators, conservators, archivists, collectors, and antiquarian booksellers. Read the full conference press release.

    Conference organizers will begin circulating calls for papers in June 2016, with submissions due in September 2016. More information about the “Bibliography Among the Disciplines” conference will be available in May 2016 on the conference webpage.

    To receive updates and registration information about the conference, please fill out the Mailing List Signup Form.

    Posted April 18, 2016 by RBS
  • Summer 2016 Schedule Change

    Please note an important schedule change for the 10–15 July Rare Book School session in Charlottesville: course B-75, American Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1800–1900, taught by Todd Pattison, will now be offered in place of course B-10, Introduction to the History of Bookbinding. The session of course B-10 scheduled for 24–29 July will be held as anticipated.

    Applications for American Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1800–1900 are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS.

    Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process.

    Applications for Rare Book School courses are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. To be considered in the first round of admissions decisions for this session of B-75, please submit your application by 1 April. If you have questions about this schedule change, please contact rbsprograms@virginia.edu.

    See the Course Application page for more details.

    Posted March 21, 2016 by RBS
  • Lectures by Tom Mole & Michael Suarez on 17 March

    On Thursday, 17 March, you are invited to join Rare Book School for two lectures:

    At noon, Professor Tom Mole, Reader in English Literature and Director of the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh, will speak on “Scattered Odes in Shattered Books: Romantic Poems in Victorian Anthologies.” This talk will be held in Rare Book School’s Tanenbaum Seminar Room (118 Alderman Library). More information.

    At 4 p.m., Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. will deliver a lecture as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book: “Literacy in America: Crisis and Hope.” Michael will speak in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, and a reception will follow at Rare Book School (118 Alderman Library). More information.

    We hope to see you there!

    Posted March 8, 2016 by RBS
  • Rare Book School Faculty in the News

    We are delighted to share some exciting news about three members of the Rare Book School faculty:

    Consuelo Dutschke was awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy of America’s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations. The award recognizes Dutschke’s “leadership in the creation and development of the project known as Digital Scriptorium (DS), which she began in 1997 and which she has ‘patiently and tenaciously’ developed, organized and promoted to the present.”

    Fenella France has been appointed a Distinguished Presidential Fellow by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). In this capacity, France will “help augment CLIR’s Mellon Fellowships in Dissertation Research in Original Sources, strengthen connections within scientific and international communities for the CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships, and advise on new opportunities for developing programs that intersect with scientific inquiry and humanistic discourse.”

    Last but by no means least, Matthew Kirschenbaum will deliver the 2016 A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography at the University of Pennsylvania on 14, 15, and 17 March 2016. The three-lecture series is titled “Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage.” Each lecture will be free and open to the public. More information is available here.

    Many congratulations to Consuelo, Fenella, and Matt for these well-deserved honors!

    Posted March 1, 2016 by RBS
  • Reminder: Apply Now for Summer 2016 Courses

    Applications for summer 2016 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions, submit your application(s) for summer courses by 29 February.

    Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process.

    See the Course Application page for more details.

    Posted February 24, 2016 by RBS
  • John Crichton to Chair RBS Board of Directors

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    John Crichton, Alice Schreyer, and Michael Suarez

    The Rare Book School Board of Directors held their annual meeting on Saturday, 30 January in New York City. This meeting marked the completion of the term of Alice Schreyer as Chair of the Board of Directors, and the Board approved the election of John Crichton as its new Chair, with Giovanni Favretti as Vice-Chair, Beppy Landrum Owen as Secretary, and Joan Friedman as Treasurer.

    John Crichton has been proprietor of The Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco since 1983. John majored in journalism at the University of Kansas and began his career as a bookseller at Serendipity Books in Berkeley in 1980. He has served as the president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and of the Book Club of California, and as vice president of the Bibliographical Society of America. John has written about and given numerous talks on the antiquarian book trade and its history.

    The Board also voted to renew the appointments of members Florence Fearrington and James N. Green, and to approve the appointment of two new members: Chris Loker and Abby Smith Rumsey. Chris Loker is proprietor of the Children’s Book Gallery in San Francisco, and the author of children’s books and books about children’s literature, including One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature. Abby Smith Rumsey is a writer and historian focusing on the creation, preservation, and use of the cultural record in all media; she has held positions at the University of Virginia, the Library of Congress, and the Council on Library and Information Resources. Her book When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping our Future, will be published next month by Bloomsbury.

    Joining Alice Schreyer in completing twelve years of service on the Board of Directors is Robert Gross, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History (Emeritus) at the University of Connecticut. Bob has served as the Vice-Chair of the Board since 2008. The members of the Board expressed their deep gratitude to both Alice and Bob for their many years of loyal service.

    John Crichton said of his election as Chair of the Board of Directors, “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen as Chair of the Board of Directors of Rare Book School — and a tremendous responsibility as well. I’m looking forward to working with the Board in building on the great success of RBS begun by Terry Belanger and continued by Michael Suarez.”

    Posted February 10, 2016 by RBS