We are thrilled to announce the lineup for this summer’s lecture series at the University of Virginia. All talks will take place at 5:30 p.m. ET. Monday lectures will be held in the Dome Room of the Rotunda; Wednesday lectures, in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Lectures will last 30–40 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A, and will be followed by a reception. Lecture recordings will be made available by fall 2022.
Monday, 6 June: Dorothy C. Wong, Professor of East Asian Art, Department of Art History, University of Virginia: Making Merit: Asian Buddhist Material Culture of the Seventh and Eighth Centuries – NEH-GBHI Lecture
Monday, […]Posted 3 days ago by RBS
The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) at Rare Book School is pleased to welcome its 2022–24 cohort of Junior Fellows, including the recipient of the Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellowship. Many congratulations to all the new Junior Fellows; we look forward to seeing you at RBS!
Cat Lambert – Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Classics, Columbia University
Amanda Licastro – Emerging and Digital Literacy Designer, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, […]Posted 17 days ago by RBS
Rare Book School is pleased to announce the 2022–24 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows in the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. Many congratulations to all the fellows.
The 2022–24 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows are: […]Posted 1 month ago by RBS
Rare Book School is pleased to announce that Kenneth W. Rendell and Shirley McNerney have generously endowed an annual lecture and publication series on the importance of original manuscripts and rare books to human understanding. The Kenneth W. Rendell Endowed Lecture at Rare Book School will focus on the connection that rare book and manuscript collecting provides with people and events of the past, our shared human history, and the intellectual thrill and emotional pleasures of collecting. This lecture series will spotlight the roles of collectors, librarians, and dealers, not only in preserving human history but also in providing insight and perspectives into the present and future. […]Posted 1 month, 19 days ago 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 third 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! […]Posted 2 months, 23 days ago by RBS
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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! […]Posted 3 months, 22 days ago by RBS
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Donald Fry on 6 December 2021 in Charlottesville, VA.
In 2007, Don joined Rare Book School’s Board of Directors as the UVA President’s representative—a position he held until January of this year. His tenure distinguishes him as our Board’s longest-serving member.
Throughout his time on the Board, Don served as an essential bridge from the RBS Board to the Office of the President of UVA, working as an enthusiastic and able ambassador and advocate, and as a highly trusted and deeply prized advisor to two RBS Executive Directors, […]Posted 5 months, 2 days ago by RBS
The summer 2022 Rare Book School course schedule is available! Summer courses will be held at the University of Virginia in the Rotunda and adjacent buildings; the Latin American Library at Tulane University; the Firestone Library at Princeton University; the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University; the Oak Spring Garden Library; the Grolier Club; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania; the Library Company of Philadelphia; and the Free Library of Philadelphia. […]Posted 5 months, 10 days ago by RBS
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 5 months, 19 days ago by RBS
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 November 1, 2021 by RBS
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 October 19, 2021 by RBS
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 September 30, 2021 by RBS
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 September 21, 2021 by RBS
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 June 12, 2021 by RBS
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 RBS
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 RBS
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 RBS
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 RBS