It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Jay T. Last, friend and benefactor of Rare Book School. He died in Los Angeles on 11 November 2021; he was 92.
As a physicist and entrepreneur, Jay Last is renowned as one of the founders of the Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, the origin of Silicon Valley. As an art collector, publisher, scholar, author, and philanthropist, Jay’s legacy of support for the arts, art history, and education will endure for many years to come. A collector of West and Central African Art, Jay, along with his wife Deborah, […]Posted 4 days ago by Laura Eidam
Our colleagues at MIT Libraries are hiring for the position of Head of Department of Distinctive Collections (DDC). Reporting to the Associate Director for Collections, Erin Stalberg, the DDC Head will be an integral part of the Collections Directorate. Leading and developing a team of sixteen staff, the DDC Head will work across the Libraries to share MIT’s distinctive collections with the world. Success in the role will be characterized by the building of a strong, collaborative team; by the use of collections and technology to implement strategies of equity, diversity, and openness; and by realizing DDC’s potential to be a partner and a platform that catalyzes discoveries in, […]Posted 17 days ago by Laura Eidam
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of William P. Barlow, Jr., former Rare Book School faculty member and Treasurer of the School’s Board of Directors.
Barlow died in San Francisco on 21 October 2021 after a heart attack; he was 87.
Barlow began collecting books seriously as an undergraduate at the California Institute of Technology, continuing to collect when he transferred to the University of California at Berkeley, and thereafter for the rest of his life. He had the greatest collection of the works of the English printer John Baskerville in private hands, a superb collection of antiquarian bibliography, and many other collecting interests, including the Daniel Press and various private presses, restaurant ephemera, postal history, books on food and wine, and water skiing.Posted 1 month, 3 days ago by Laura Eidam
Rare Book School has been awarded a grant for $100,258 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) program “Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan.”
RBS was one of 292 recipients among the 937 eligible organizations that applied. The grant supports the School’s initiative, “Living American History in Primary Documents,” which anticipates the approaching 250th anniversary of the United States by providing educational content for the cultural heritage professionals who care for our nation’s documentary records.
“We are delighted to help prepare the custodians of our nation’s heritage to mediate their collections to a citizenry eager to learn more about their history,” said Rare Book School Director Michael F. […]Posted 1 month, 16 days ago by Laura Eidam
We are now accepting applications for the 2021 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 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. Applications for the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program are anticipated to open later in October. 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 2 months, 4 days ago by Laura Eidam
Rare Book School Executive Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J., will deliver a series of three Rosenbach Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, 25–28 October 2021 on “Printing Abolition: How the Fight to Ban the British Slave Trade Was Won, 1783–1807.” All lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is required. The lectures will also be streamed live and recorded. Click here to register and learn more.
The Rosenbach Lectures are the longest continuing series of bibliographical lectureships in the United States. The series began in 1931, and topics have included fifteenth-century printing, […]Posted 2 months, 13 days ago by Laura Eidam
We are pleased to announce the 2021–22 cohort of RBS-UVA Fellows. Each RBS-UVA Fellow from this new cohort is completing an RBS course this summer. Many congratulations to all the Fellows; we much look forward to seeing their final projects next year!
The 2021–22 RBS-UVA Fellows are:
- Rosario Cornejo – Ph.D. student, Department of Art
- Loren Lee – M.A./Ph.D. student, Department of French
- Sydney Montgomery – B.A. student, Department of Art
- Eleanore Neumann – Ph.D. student,
We are very pleased to announce the lecturers for this summer’s virtual lecture series. The lectures are free and open to the public to register; there is room for the first 300 registrants for each event to attend the live Zoom presentation. All lectures will take place at 5:30 p.m. ET via Zoom. Lectures will last 30–40 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A, and will be followed by a reception in Gather.town. […]Posted 5 months, 22 days ago by Laura Eidam
The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School (SoFCB) is delighted to announce the winner of our second annual essay prize:
Elizabeth Neswald, “Things that Don’t Talk Much and Things That Feel: Developing a Material Culture Methodology for ‘Black Box’ Medical Devices,” Nuncius 35 (2020): 632-59.
In “Things that Don’t Talk Much and Things That Feel,” Elizabeth Neswald offers an incisive analysis of objects often overlooked by material culture studies. Neswald takes late twentieth-century home diabetes monitors––slim, black, about the size of a credit card and relatively featureless––as her objects of study. […]Posted May 19, 2021 by Laura Eidam
Rare Book School is pleased to announce the recipients of its General Scholarship Committee awards, as well as the winners of the Buice Scholarships for returning RBS students. Congratulations to these recipients and to the many recipients of Rare Book School’s Access 2021 scholarships! […]Posted May 14, 2021 by Laura Eidam
Our friends at Hamilton College are hiring a Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian who will be “responsible for promoting, interpreting, and encouraging the use of the Library’s special collections in support of teaching, learning, and research.” We encourage anyone who is interested in applying to click here for more information about the responsibilities, qualifications, and application instructions. […]Posted May 12, 2021 by Laura Eidam
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 recipient of the Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellowship. Many congratulations to all the new Fellows; we look forward to seeing you at RBS!
Nisa Ari – Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art
Margaret Galvan – Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Florida
James A. […]Posted May 10, 2021 by Laura Eidam
Rare Book School is pleased to announce the 2021–23 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows in the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. Many congratulations to all the fellows.
The 2021–23 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows are:
- Meaghan Alston, Project Archivist, Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Yao Chen, Librarian for East Asian Studies and Global Studies, University of California Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Zayda Delgado, Special Collections Librarian & Archivist, Sonoma County History &
RBS Announces M.C. Lang Fellows in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources
With pleasure, Rare Book School announces the second 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!
- Marta Ameri, Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Colby College
- Alexander Bevilacqua, Assistant Professor of History at Williams College
- Tess Chakkalakal, Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English, and Program Director of Africana Studies at Bowdoin College
- Jason Cohen,