RBS News

  • 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 One week 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 16 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 27 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 3 months, 25 days ago 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 4 months, 2 days ago 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 4 months, 22 days ago 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 5 months, 1 day ago 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 5 months, 10 days ago 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
  • RBS-UVA Fellowship Applications Open

    Applications for the 2016–17 RBS-UVA Fellowships are now being accepted. Rare Book School invites students at the University of Virginia to apply for a fellowship designed to enhance research employing special collections, including written, printed, and digital materials. Please note that you will need to complete a standard RBS course application via our applications page (submission by 29 February is encouraged as courses fill quickly).

    Significant dates for the fellowship application process:

    3 February 2016: Information Reception (11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    4 February 2016: Information Reception (4–6 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    1 March 2016: Project Proposal Workshop (4:30–6 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    1 April 2016: Application Deadline (5 p.m.)

    Accepted applicants will attend a week-long course at RBS in 2016, and will submit a final project to RBS by 14 April 2017.

    See the RBS-UVA Fellowships page for eligibility requirements and application information, and for links to biographies and projects of previous RBS-UVA Fellows.

    Posted February 1, 2016 by RBS
  • IMLS-RBS Fellowships Awarded

    RBS is pleased to announce that the selection process for the IMLS-RBS Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians is now complete: a second cohort of twenty IMLS-RBS Fellows has been chosen. This fellowship will allow young professionals to attend an RBS course and to increase their professional involvement at the national level through participation in the conference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the ALA. The aim of the program is to help fellows acquire skills relevant to professional work in special collections and build important professional networks.

    The 2016 IMLS-RBS Fellows are:

    Daniel Arbino
    Ralph R. Baylor
    Barrye O. Brown
    Angelique M. Carson
    Alyssa E. Carver
    Amalia Castañeda
    Loree Clark
    Wanett Clyde
    Lisa Cruces
    Agnieszka Czeblakow

    Zayda Delgado
    Diane Dias De Fazio
    Gabrielle M. Dudley
    Maria Fernandez
    Megan L. Goins-Diouf
    Jose Cruz Guerrero
    Kelli Hansen
    Monique Lassere
    Shannee’ Yvette Murrain
    Spring Storm Stoker

    See the press release for more information.

    Posted January 19, 2016 by RBS
  • RBS Director to Deliver BSA Annual Address

    Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. will deliver the address at the Bibliographical Society of America’s Annual Meeting, to be held on Friday, 29 January 2016 at the Cosmopolitan Club (122 East 66th Street, New York City). Michael’s address is titled “Hard Cases: Confronting Bibliographical Difficulty in Eighteenth-Century Texts.” The meeting begins at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. A reception will follow.

    The Grolier Club has posted a full schedule of Bibliography Week events.

    Posted January 12, 2016 by RBS
  • Apply Now for Summer 2016 Courses

    Applications for summer 2016 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 summer courses by 29 February.

    See the Course Application page for more details.

    Posted January 6, 2016 by RBS
  • 2015 Scholarship Awards Announced

    Rare Book School is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Scholarship Committee awards, as well as the winners of the Buice Scholarships for returning RBS students. Congratulations!

    Recipients of the IMLS-RBS Fellowships will be announced in January.

    Directors’ Scholarship Fund:


    Liz Adams
    Colleen Barrett
    Keith Budner
    Ann Callahan
    Susan Chakmakian
    Elizabeth Curran
    Helen Davies
    Jennifer Dunlap

    Amber Hares
    Clare Kobasa
    Catherine Magee
    Natalie Naor
    Andrea Peacock
    Michelle Smith
    Andrew Wang


    ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship: Megan Bell

    ASECS Scholarship: Christine Woody

    Atlas Systems Scholarship: Paige Walker

    BSA-RBS Scholarship: Alexander Ames

    BSUVA Scholarships:

    Anna Arays
    Keith Grant
    Amy Gore
    Carlin Soos
    Catherine Sutherland

    Caxton Club Scholarship: Sarah Evenson

    James Davis Scholarship: Jessica McQuillan

    New SHARP Scholar Bursary: Stuart Barnard

    William T. Buice III Scholarships:

    Sarah Allison
    Nora Benedict
    Katherine Hindley
    Jordan Howell
    Kyle Huskin
    Karen Jutzi
    Andrew Keener

    Jameka Lewis
    Jesse McDowell
    Melissa Moreton
    Loreto Romero
    Michelle Sellars
    Chelsea Skalak

    Posted December 16, 2015 by RBS
  • Public Lectures During RBS Session at Harvard

    Two public lectures will be held at Harvard University in conjunction with the RBS session there in early December:

    • Ellis Tinios will lecture on “Hokusai’s Books: Art and Commerce in Nineteenth-Century Japan” on Monday, 7 December at 6 p.m. in the Common Room of the Harvard-Yenching Library.
    • Christopher Hunter will deliver the 104th annual George Parker Winship Lecture, “Inventing Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography,” on Tuesday, 8 December at 5:30 p.m. in the Lamont Library Forum.

    Receptions will follow both lectures.

    Posted November 18, 2015 by RBS
  • RBS at the Boston Book Fair

    If you’ll be in Boston for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair (13–15 November), please be sure to stop by the Rare Book School table on Cultural Row. We’ll be at Booth 627 (floor plan), with printed copies of our just-released 2016 schedule, a slideshow of images from 2015 RBS classes, and more.

    Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Associate Director & Curator of Collections Barbara Heritage, Assistant Curator of Collections Ruth-Ellen St. Onge, and Director of Communications & Outreach Jeremy Dibbell will all be at the Fair, at the RBS table and around the show floor. We look forward to seeing many RBS friends in Boston!

    Posted November 2, 2015 by RBS