Rare Book School is pleased to announce its summer 2024 course schedule! Our list of more than 30 in-person and online courses can be found at rarebookschool.org/schedule. New and updated courses for 2024 include:
- Medieval Manuscript Fragments: Cataloging & Discoverability (L-145), taught by Lisa Fagin Davis
- A History of the Indigenous Book in the Americas (H-150), taught by Will Hansen & Robert Warrior
- Modern Special Collections Cataloging (L-150), taught by Brenna Bychowski
RBS will be adding a few more courses, […]Posted by RBS
This summer, Rare Book School welcomed a variety of esteemed experts who discussed a wealth of topics, such as reading habits during the COVID-19 lockdown, Indigenous communities and printing history, the joys of collecting rare materials, and the importance of public history.RBS
If you’ll be at the 45th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair this coming weekend (27–29 October), please be sure to stop by the Rare Book School table on Cultural Row. We’ll be at Booth 233, with information about our courses, fellowships, job opportunities, and more.
Michael F. Suarez, S.J. (RBS Executive Director); Barbara Heritage (RBS Director of Collections, Exhibitions & Scholarly Initiatives); Kay Min (RBS Assistant Curator); and other colleagues and friends will be at our table as well as on the show floor. We look forward to seeing you at the Hynes Convention Center in Downtown Boston this weekend! […]Posted by RBS
Rare Book School at the University of Virginia is now accepting applications for its 2023 scholarship and fellowship cycle. […]Posted by RBS
Rare Book School is thrilled to share the details about its fall 2023 virtual courses. By offering online-only courses such as these, RBS hopes that students can together learn what bibliographical materials reveal about human history and human nature, how to care for these remarkable objects, and how to share what we know with the wider world. […]Posted by RBS
Rare Book School is pleased to announce three online courses that will be offered this September, October, and November. Check back next week for more details, including how to apply. […]Posted by RBS
Rare Book School is thrilled to announce the lineup for this summer’s lecture series at the University of Virginia, as well as special lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the Grolier Club in New York City.
All lectures are free and open to the public. Unless noted, these talks will take place at 5:30 p.m. ET. Lectures are 30–40 minutes in length with approximately 10 minutes for Q&A, and will be followed by a reception. RSVPs are not required. Lecture recordings will be made available by fall 2023. […]Posted by RBS
The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) at Rare Book School is pleased to welcome its 2023–25 cohort of Junior Fellows. Many congratulations to all the new Junior Fellows; we look forward to seeing you at RBS!
The names and institutional affiliations of 2022–24 RBS-Mellon SoFCB Junior Fellows are:
Jiayi Chen – Ph.D. Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
Du Fei – Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Cornell University
Heng Du – Andrew W. […]Posted by RBS
On Wednesday, 29 March 2023, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Heritage at Rare Book School launched Counter Narratives in Practice, a podcast series about multicultural heritage collections, storytelling, and representation in galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and beyond. This podcast is part of a larger project that highlights the work of the RBS Cultural Heritage Fellows.
The Fellows, led by book historian Allie Alvis, worked together from across the U.S. to tell stories about the archival materials in their collections and how those stories can prompt thinking about counter narratives in professional practice. […]Posted by RBS
RBS in the News: “For Rare Book Librarians, It’s Gloves Off. Seriously.” – a New York Times Article by Jennifer Schuessler
The following article by Jennifer Schuessler, which features Barbara Heritage (RBS Associate Director & Curator of Collections) appeared in The New York Times on 9 March 2023. Click here to view the article via nytimes.com.
Last month, The New York Times reported on an ultrarare medieval Hebrew Bible that was headed to auction with a record-smashing estimate of up to $50 million.
The reaction was swift.
“Why are they handling this without cotton gloves? Shame on them,” one reader wrote in the comments section, referring to photographs showing someone touching the worn pages. […]Posted 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 fourth 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 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! […]Posted 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 by RBS