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Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent non-profit educational institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Founded in 1983, it moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.

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Forthcoming Fall and Winter Courses in NYC, Baltimore, and DC

[ 2 September 2008 ] This fall and winter, RBS will be running courses in New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. At the Freer/Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Ellis Tinios will inaugurate a new course on “The Art of the Book in Edo and Meiji Japan, 1615-1912,” running Mon-Fri, 20-24 October 2008. In the same week, but at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, Roger E. Wieck will offer ... Full Story

Summer Schedule of RBS Public Lectures Announced

[ 3 June 2008 ] Rare Book School is pleased to announce its schedule of 6 pm public lectures during its June and July Charlottesville sessions. The roster of speakers includes Steve Beare (9 June), William Noel (16 June), Sumner Stone (18 June), Alice Hudson (7 July), Russell Johnson (9 July), Richard Kuhta (21 July), and Andrea Krupp (28 July) ... Full Story

Danielle Culpepper joins the RBS Staff

[ 10 May 2008 ] Danielle Culpepper started work as RBS's new administrator at the end of April, succeeding Carolyn Cades Engel (who has accepted a position on the program staff of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities). As RBS Administrator, Culpepper will be responsible for ... Full Story

Book Arts Press Address Book, 25th Year Edition

[ 9 April 2008 ] Approximately every two years since 1989, Rare Book School and its publishing arm, the Book Arts Press, have published a directory of RBS attendees, ABAA members, and others with a connection to the school ... Full Story

Directory of ARL special collections librarians

[ 2 April 2008 ] The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 large research libraries in the US and Canada. In recent years, the ARL has become interested in rare books and special collections, and its website contains useful material about the ARL Special Collections Task Force, the Hidden Collections initiative, and related matters. Two years ago, the RBS staff compiled a directory of the principal librarians, curators, directors, and the like working in member institutions of the ARL ... Full Story

Board changes

[ 29 February 2008 ] In January 2008, RBS Board of Directors chairman Hans Tausig completed his second and final term on the board, as did the boards vice-chair, Peter Herdrich. RBS is grateful to them both for their many years of service to RBS ... Full Story

James M. Reilly to teach Photographic Print Process ID at UVa

[ 30 January 2008 ] James M. Reilly, the Director of the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will teach a new course in June on The Identification of Photographic Print Processes, assisted by Ryan Boatright (also of IPI). The new course will offer instruction in ... Full Story

Rare Book School now has a Facebook group

[ 31 October 2007 ] Rare Book School has recently formed a group on Facebook, the online social networking site that allows members to share news and announcements, photographs, contact information and more. ... Full Story

Albert Derolez to teach Latin paleography at UVa in October

[ 6 September 2007 ] In October, Albert Derolez will teach a five-day seminar on Latin paleography, 1100-1500 at Rare Book School in Charlottesville; a special course limited to six students ... Full Story

New Storm van Leeuwen Seminar in the History of Bookbinding

[ 2 August 2007 ] In October, Jan Storm van Leeuwen will inaugurate a new RBS seminar in the history of bookbinding, to be taught at the Walters Art Museum and at various rare book libraries at The Johns Hopkins University. Topics in this five-day seminar will vary from year to year ... Full Story

Anybody seen my hammer?

[ 19 March 2007 ] In 1997, RBS acquired a stack of printed but unbound folio sheets intended to make several volumes of early c19 British House of Commons committee reports. The sheets were roughly folded for storage ... Full Story