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 5 days ago by RBS
We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for Rare Book School’s summer 2023 courses! Our roster of more than 40 in-person and online courses can be found at rarebookschool.org/schedule/. Click on the course titles to view detailed descriptions and faculty biographies, along with the schedule, format, location, and fee for each offering. For courses that have run before, be sure to consult the evaluations written by past students in order to gain further insights into what to expect.
For the best chance of being admitted, please submit your application(s) by the first-round deadline: Monday, […]Posted 20 days ago by RBS
RBS in the News: “The 2,000-Year Story of Building the Book” – a New York Times Article by Jennifer Schuessler
The following article by Jennifer Schuessler about “Building the Book from the Ancient World to the Present Day,” RBS’s Grolier Club exhibition, appeared in The New York Times on 2 December 2022. Click here to view the article via nytimes.com.
For a certain kind of book nerd, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia is the closest a person can come to Valhalla.Each summer, bibliophiles from all over the world gather for weeklong courses in nearly every aspect of the history of the book, in an atmosphere that combines deep immersion in the most arcane aspects of printing, […]Posted 1 month, 20 days ago by RBS
We are now accepting applications for the 2022 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 SoFCB Junior Fellows Program. 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 4 months, 3 days ago by RBS
Building the Book from the Ancient World to the Present Day: Five Decades of Rare Book School & the Book Arts Press
This fall, the Grolier Club in New York City—America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles—presents a special exhibition that details how books have been produced throughout history and across various regions of the globe. Organized by Rare Book School and drawn from its unique collections, Building the Book from the Ancient World to the Present Day: Five Decades of Rare Book School & the Book Arts Press will be on view in the Grolier Club’s ground floor gallery from 28 September through 23 December 2022. The exhibition celebrates the international institute—founded by MacArthur Fellow Terry Belanger and currently directed by Michael F. […]Posted 5 months, 9 days ago by RBS
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, University of Virginia: Making Merit: East Asian Buddhist Material Culture of the Seventh and Eighth Centuries – NEH-Global Book Histories Initiative Lecture […]Posted May 16, 2022 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 May 2, 2022 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 April 19, 2022 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 March 31, 2022 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 February 24, 2022 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 January 28, 2022 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 December 17, 2021 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 December 9, 2021 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 November 30, 2021 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,