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 20 days ago by RBS
March 4, 2020 – We at RBS hope and expect that the School will be open for classes as usual this summer, with courses running in Charlottesville and at our partner institutions as planned. We are, of course, monitoring the news regarding the COVID-19 virus and understand that authorities cannot yet predict how far the disease will spread and to what extent, or for how long, normal activities may be interrupted.
Accordingly, if you are admitted into an RBS course this summer, we do not want you to have to worry about what may or may not happen with COVID-19 insofar as your attendance is concerned. […]Posted 27 days ago 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 28 days ago by RBS
RBS Announces M.C. Lang Fellows in Book History, Bilbiography, 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 2 months, 8 days ago 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 2 months, 18 days ago 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 2 months, 25 days ago by RBS
The summer 2020 Rare Book School course schedule is available! 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; Amherst College; Indiana University Bloomington; the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University; the Free Library of Philadelphia; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; […]Posted 4 months, 24 days ago by RBS
RBS Receives Gift to Support the M. C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources
Rare Book School has received a gift to establish the M. C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources, a two-year program designed to animate humanities teaching and equip educators (both library/curatorial staff and tenured or tenure-track faculty) to enlarge their students’ historical sensibilities through bibliographically informed instruction with original historical sources. Open to faculty and librarians at liberal arts colleges and small universities in the United States, this fellowship program will teach teachers how to discern and convey the human presences in original textual artifacts, to inculcate wonder in their students through guided contact with original textual artifacts. […]Posted October 3, 2019 by RBS
Rare Book School is sponsoring a two-day seminar at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and the University of Delaware Library on Monday and Tuesday 11–12 November 2019, preceded by a group dinner on Sunday, 10 November.
This seminar has been designed to be of interest to curators, collectors, and librarians of all kinds who care for, research, and teach with ephemera collections, but signup is open to anyone with an interest in the topics covered. The cost to attend the seminar is $500.
As space is limited, signup for the seminar will be handled on a first-come, […]Posted September 16, 2019 by RBS
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Rare Book School scholarship and fellowship cycle.
Applications are open for all RBS-awarded scholarships (for both first-time and returning RBS students), for the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program, and for the new 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.
To begin the application process, […]Posted September 4, 2019 by RBS
RBS Receives Grant to Support the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage
Rare Book School has received a $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage, a six-year program which aims to advance multicultural collections through innovative and inclusive curatorial practice and leadership. Forty-five fellows who identify with diverse racial or ethnic communities and/or who work primarily with collections that document minority, immigrant, and non-Western cultural traditions will participate in this program over six years.
Comprising three overlapping cohorts of 15 fellows each, the fellowship will seek to fulfill four core goals: 1) developing skills for documenting and interpreting visual and textual materials in special collections and archives; […]Posted June 26, 2019 by RBS
We are pleased to announce the 2019–21 Junior Fellows in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography, as well as the 2019–20 cohort of RBS-UVA Fellows. Many congratulations to all the Fellows; we much look forward to seeing you at RBS soon!June 14, 2019 by RBS
We are very pleased to announce the 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). […]Posted May 13, 2019 by RBS
- April 11, 2019 by RBS
Rare Book School is pleased to announce a free, public symposium jointly sponsored with the UVA Library, the McIntire Department of Art, and Virginia Humanities as part of Presswork, a project funded by The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of UVA’s Alumni Association. “Making & Teaching: Printing Technologies at Work” will be held at UVA on Monday, 25 March 2019.
The first half of the symposium will feature a series of overlapping, hands-on demonstrations with specialized printing equipment, including a recently commissioned facsimile eighteenth-century French rolling press, as well as a hand-made facsimile type mold from the same period, […]Posted March 14, 2019 by RBS
The Rare Book School Board of Directors met on Saturday, 26 January in New York City, where the following new directors were elected: […]Posted February 5, 2019 by RBS
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, the second cohort of NEH-GBHI Scholarships, and the RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship. Congratulations! […]Posted January 30, 2019 by RBS
Applications for summer 2019 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS. Along with 24 courses in Charlottesville, RBS will also offer courses at the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington; the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Grolier Club; Yale University; the University of Pennsylvania; the Free Library of Philadelphia; and the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University.
Applications for Rare Book School courses are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. […]Posted January 7, 2019 by RBS
We are very pleased to announce that three Rare Book School films are now available via the RBS YouTube channel:
- The Making of a Renaissance Book (1969)
- How to Operate a Book (1986)
- The Anatomy of a Book: Format in the Hand-Press Period (1991)
Facsimile format sheets and the workbook to accompany The Anatomy of a Book are still available through the RBS online store; copies of the DVDs will remain available until our current stock is depleted. […]Posted December 18, 2018 by RBS