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  • Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference

    Bibliography Among the Disciplines, a four-day international conference to be held in Philadelphia from 12 to 15 October 2017, will bring together scholarly professionals who are poised to address current problems pertaining to the study…

  • Book Arts Press Publications

    Book Arts Press Occasional Publications [First Series] Basic list of books on calligraphy, with publisher and price information. [Bibliography Newsletter I:11, 2]. Peters, John and Peter VanWingen. The Invisible Image: American Typefounding and the Printed…

  • I-20. Book Illustration Processes to 1900

    Course Faculty: Terry Belanger

    “If you want to learn the ‘how to’ of illustrations, this is the course for you.” — 2017 student The identification of illustration processes and techniques, including (but not only) woodcut, etching, engraving, stipple, aquatint,…

  • L-10. Special Collections Librarianship

    Course Faculty: Michael Inman

    This course introduces students to the field of special collections librarianship. The goal is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, roles, and organizational development of special collections; current issues, standards, and best…

  • L-70. XML in Action: Creating Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Texts

    Course Faculty: David Seaman

    A practical exploration of the creation, preservation, and use of electronic texts and their associated images in the humanities, with a special focus on special collections materials. This course is aimed primarily (although not exclusively)…

  • G-10. Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographical Description

    Course Faculty: David Whitesell

    “I feel much more confident in my understanding of format and how it relates to book structure, as well as in my ability to create an in-depth analysis of an ideal copy.” — 2017 student…

  • Staff

    Questions about RBS may be sent to oldbooks@virginia.edu, but you are likely to get faster and better-informed answers if you address your questions directly to the relevant RBS staff member listed to the left. See…

  • L-30. Rare Book Cataloging

    Course Faculty: Deborah J. Leslie

    “Every single day was as useful and relevant as the last. I’m walking away not only a better, ‘sleeker’ cataloger, but an inspired one as well!” — 2017 student Aimed at catalogers who find that…

  • H-150. A History of Native American Books & Indigenous Sovereignty

    Course Faculty: Michael Kelly Kiara M. Vigil

    This course will offer a comprehensive history of Native American engagement with books as authors, editors, printers, publishers, and consumers with reference to developments in U.S. and Canadian history, and to the history of the…

  • G-70. Advanced Seminar in Critical Bibliography

    Course Faculty: Michael F. Suarez, S.J.

    N.B. In 2017, enrollment for this course will be limited to RBS-Mellon Fellows or to students who have previously attended RBS course G-10 (Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographical Description) or G-45 (Analytical Bibliography) and…

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  • Course Schedule

    Summer 2020 courses will be held at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Lillian Goldman Law Library, and Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University (7–12 June); the Kislak Center for Special Collections,…

  • FAQs

    This page contains answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Rare Book School.

  • Privacy & Information Practices Policy

    Effective starting 11 July 2018. Last updated 25 October 2019. We at Rare Book School (RBS) take your privacy and the security of your personal information seriously. This policy describes the information we may collect,…

  • H-10. The History of the Book, 200–2000

    Course Faculty: John Buchtel Mark Dimunation

    “An extraordinary learning experience in a special environment where you feel the love of the teachers for the books.” — 2017 student A kaleidoscopic survey, from manuscript to print to hypertext, supported by original materials…

  • B-10. Introduction to the History of Bookbinding

    Course Faculty: Karen Limper-Herz

    “I came, I saw, I feel empowered with bookbinding knowledge!” — 2018 student A bookbinding has two main functions. It protects its text block against wear and tear, and, by its structure, it makes a…

  • Program Costs

    We provide the following information to help prospective students estimate the expenses involved in attending a one-week course. RBS attendees enroll for a single course in any given session/week (that is, students cannot take…

  • H-50. The American Book in the Industrial Era, 1820–1940

    Course Faculty: Michael Winship

    This course will introduce students on the manufacturing methods, publishing practices, distribution networks, and use of books, periodicals, and other printed materials in the United States during the industrial era, roughly from the 1820s to…

  • C-85. Law Books: History & Connoisseurship

    Course Faculty: Mike Widener

    Assisted by Ryan Greenwood “I learned something new and insightful every day from both faculty and student interaction. — 2016 student This course aims to teach collectors and librarians how to build focused, interesting, and…

  • RBS-Mellon SoFCB Junior Fellows for 2018–20

    In July 2017, Rare Book School received a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a new RBS program, the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (press release)….