It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Daniel D. Chabris, a longtime friend and supporter of Rare Book School. An enthusiastic and discerning book collector, Chabris created one of the largest private collections of the work of Sinclair Lewis, and also collected Washington Irving, Louis Bromfield, and Dante Alighieri. In June 2018, Chabris donated his collection of editions of Dante’s Divina Commedia to Rare Book School, which includes editions printed from the seventeenth century to the present, in both Italian and English. Rare Book School’s faculty and students have benefitted immensely from this generous gift which exemplifies the richness of our written heritage. […]Posted November 5, 2020 by RBS
The summer 2021 Rare Book School course schedule is available! Please note that more courses for the summer of 2021 will be announced soon. Owing to circumstances created by COVID-19, final details for several classes are still being determined.
To ensure that as many students as possible can participate in courses next summer, RBS is implementing a more flexible schedule than usual. If it is safe to do so, we will be offering a full suite of more than 30 in-person courses, along with several online-only courses. If in-person classes cannot take place, many of the courses will transition to being taught online. […]Posted October 30, 2020 by RBS
We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Rare Book School scholarship and fellowship cycle.
Applications are open for all RBS-awarded scholarships (for both first-time and returning RBS students), and for all fellowships including the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program, the M.C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources, and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. For general queries about scholarships or fellowships, see the FAQs page. Participation in the scholarship/fellowship program implies acceptance of the scholarship and fellowship Terms and Conditions. […]Posted October 1, 2020 by RBS
Rare Book School is excited to announce an extraordinary $100,000 matching-gift challenge as we seek to meet our Annual Fund goal following an exacting summer with no income from course tuition. Thanks to the vision and generosity of our Board of Directors, gifts of any size made through 30 September will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $100,000. This year’s fiscal-year-end challenge is the largest in our history, underscoring the critical role philanthropy has in sustaining Rare Book School as a vital force for good.
Confronted with the cancellation of in-person courses—affecting 38 courses and 467 students—Rare Book School launched RBS Online to provide opportunities for the community safely to gather, […]Posted September 11, 2020 by RBS
We at Rare Book School deplore racism and discrimination in all its forms. Without reservation, we condemn the lethal ignorance and hatred that animates racism and the injustices that come from it. We recognize the loss of Black lives at the hands of law enforcement as among the most grave and egregious of the patterns of systemic racism in our time. No human being should be deprived of the most fundamental of human rights, the right to live. We abhor violence against people of color in all its forms, and we mourn those who have died while struggling for racial justice. […]Posted June 3, 2020 by sysop
The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) at Rare Book School is pleased to welcome its 2020–22 cohort of Junior Fellows, including the inaugural recipient of the Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellowship. The SoFCB also celebrates the advancement of several Junior Fellows from earlier cohorts to the rank of Senior Fellow. Many congratulations to all the Fellows; we much look forward to seeing you at RBS!
Crystal Donkor – Assistant Professor of English, Department of English, SUNY New Paltz
Alison Fraser, […]Posted May 26, 2020 by RBS
RBS is now offering a varied series of free digital programs centered on bibliography and the history of the book. These programs will focus on the study of textual artifacts and their crucial role in shaping understandings of cultural heritage and informing humanistic research. The offerings include five series: a Course-Related Content Series offered by RBS faculty members that will be available to students who were enrolled at RBS this summer in some cases and, in others, open to wider audiences; a Panel Discussion Series, featuring RBS faculty members and colleagues from the broader book community; […]Posted May 18, 2020 by RBS
What can eighteenth-century facsimile printing presses teach us about the history of printing and technology, and about the roles that printing technologies play in the production of knowledge? “Presswork,” a public-facing program established in 2018, seeks to introduce scholars, students, and members of the general public alike to hands-on printing with historical presses. The program was created by RBS in collaboration with UVA’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, and has been funded through a grant from the Jefferson Trust, an initiative of UVA’s Alumni Association.April 27, 2020 by RBS
With pleasure, Rare Book School announces the inaugural cohort of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. Congratulations to all, and we look forward to welcoming you to the RBS community!
- Dorothy Judith Berry, Digital Collections Program Manager, Houghton Library, Harvard University
- Christina M. Bleyer, Director of Special Collections & Archives, Trinity College
- Ellen-Rae Cachola, Evening Supervisor & Archives Manager, Public Services, University of Hawaii Law Library, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
- Azalea Camacho,
Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) is very pleased to announce the winner of the Society’s first annual essay prize:
Michaël Roy, “The Slave Narrative Unbound,” in Brigitte Fielder and Jonathan Senchyne (eds), Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print, Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, 2019, p. 259-276.
Roy’s article was selected because the committee was particularly struck by his argument that the dominance of the bound book has distorted the history of narratives of enslaved people in the United States. In fact, […]Posted April 10, 2020 by RBS
Rare Book School is excited to announce that Kenneth Karmiole has generously given a new endowment gift to fund an annual lecture on the history of the book trades. RBS expects to make an announcement in the fall, giving details about the inaugural Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trades in 2021, an event that will be a highlight of our summer programming.
Ken is a member of the RBS Board of Directors and President of Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc., in Santa Monica, California. Established in 1976, Ken’s antiquarian bookselling firm specializes in early printing, […]Posted April 2, 2020 by RBS
Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, The A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography at the University of Pennsylvania are postponed until the fall. Rare Book School will announce the new lecture date as soon as it is set. […]Posted March 11, 2020 by RBS
June 3, 2020
Although we have been expecting this announcement, it is still with sadness that we confirm that the University of Virginia will be keeping the campus closed through July and that we are likewise cancelling our courses here in Charlottesville. Since our founding in 1983, the only other summer in which RBS didn’t run a single summer course was 1992, the year the School moved from Columbia to UVA. While we will miss seeing students and instructors in person this summer, cancelling is the best way to keep members of the RBS community safe and healthy. […]Posted March 4, 2020 by sysop
In December 2019, scholar-collector Mark D. Tomasko donated $100,000 to establish the Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellowship, which will annually fund the studies of a Junior Fellow in Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB). Mark has endowed this fellowship in memory of his late wife Nancy Norton Tomasko, a trailblazing book historian, who documented Chinese handmade paper, as well as aspects of Chinese bookbinding and woodblock printing. Nancy also collected travel material to Asia before 1950, including guides, view books, maps, and ephemera. Awards will be made to applicants specializing in Asian materials or the history of paper and papermaking (any region or period), […]Posted March 3, 2020 by RBS
RBS Announces M.C. Lang Fellows in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources
With pleasure, Rare Book School announces the inaugural cohort of M. C. Lang Fellows in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources. Congratulations to all, and we look forward to welcoming you to RBS this summer!
- Margaret Boyle, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Bowdoin College
- Bartholomew Brinkman, Associate Professor of English at Framingham State University
- Caleb Dance, Assistant Professor of Classics at Washington and Lee University
- Berton Emerson, Assistant Professor of English at Whitworth University
- Jacob Heil, Digital Scholarship Librarian at the College of Wooster
- Anne Peale,
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Hans Tausig, who served as the inaugural Chairman of Rare Book School’s Board of Directors beginning in 2002, and remained a highly valued member of the Board until 2017. Hans spoke of his deep love and appreciation of rare books and the mission of Rare Book School, saying: “It’s not just the illustrations and lettering that makes these old works so special. Book binding itself is an art form few people know about or understand. Rare Book School is just one way to ensure that we continue to teach people about these great artifacts. […]Posted January 23, 2020 by Donna Sy
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 final cohort of NEH-GBHI Scholarships. Congratulations! […]Posted January 13, 2020 by RBS
Applications for summer 2020 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, my RBS.
Along with 21 courses in Charlottesville, courses will be held at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Lillian Goldman Law Library, and Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania; the Library Company of Philadelphia; the Free Library of Philadelphia; Amherst College; Indiana University Bloomington; the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; the Thomas J. […]Posted January 6, 2020 by RBS