RBS News

  • RBS Mourns the Passing of Lance Heidig

    Rare Book School mourns the loss of Lance Heidig, who died at his home in Ithaca, NY, on Tuesday, April 6th. He will be much missed by his friends and colleagues at RBS, where he attended many courses. His obituary and a guest book are available here.

    Posted 14 days ago by Donna Sy
  • 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, Associate Professor of English at Berea College
    • Eurie Dahn, Associate Professor of English at The College of St. Rose
    • Marlowe Daly-Galeano, Associate Professor of English at Lewis-Clark State College
    • Jordana Dym, Professor of History and Director of the Program in Latin American and Latinx Studies at Skidmore College
    • Susan Falciani Maldonado, Special Collections and Archives Librarian at Muhlenberg College
    • Sara Swanson, Assistant Director for Archives, Special Collections & Community at Davidson College
    • Micaela Terronez, Assistant Librarian for Special Collections at Knox College
    Posted 21 days ago by lbe2v
  • RBS Moves to All Online Offerings for Summer 2021

    Owing to the status of the COVID-19 vaccines, Rare Book School has decided to transition from offering a combination of in-person and online courses to offering courses only online in 2021. 

    We will still offer a full roster of courses this summer. In addition to the online courses already listed on the schedule for 2021, students can look forward to many more listings over the next few weeks. All online courses will be primarily synchronous in nature, with most meeting for approximately 22 hours in a single week via Zoom between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday. In addition, we will be adding a number of shorter 10- and 6-hour courses to our schedule (at lower prices), each meeting for just 2 to 3 hours a day for a few days during a single week. 

    As we prepare to roll out additional courses and share more details about the online delivery, we invite and encourage everyone to check out our Course Schedule regularly for updates. This webpage lists course dates and topics, as well as important information related to the application process, particularly for those students who submitted an application prior to 1 February. For more information, we encourage everyone to visit the Course Application page for details about admissions. For information on fees and other related costs, please visit the Program Costs page. For general information about RBS, consult the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

    Posted 2 months, 21 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Mourns the Passing of Giovanni Favretti

    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Giovanni Favretti, former Vice-Chair of Rare Book School’s Board of Directors.

    Giovanni grew up in Storrs, CT and graduated from Harvard College, majoring in Classics. He later studied conducting at the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg. A polymath, he worked in many fields, from teaching to publishing to banking. An avid and accomplished pianist and singer, he sang bass in Amor Artis and served as a valued board member for multiple organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera Club (where he was a former president), the Bagby Foundation, Rare Book School, and the George London Foundation for Singers. Giovanni’s life centered on his family and friends, as well as music, theater, travel, and charitable work for the arts. His many other eclectic interests and talents included rare book collecting, book-binding, cooking, gardening, wooden boat building, math, and languages.

    You can read his full obituary here.

    Posted 3 months, 3 days ago by RBS
  • Apply Now for Summer 2021 Courses

    Applications for summer 2021 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS.

    Along with 20 courses in Charlottesville, courses will be held at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania; the Free Library of Philadelphia; the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library; the Grolier Club; the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and at the Latin American Library at Tulane University.

    In addition to the in-person courses, RBS will also be running a selection of synchronous online courses. In the event that in-person courses are cancelled, many of those courses will transition to an online format. Please keep an eye on our course schedule page for updates as more online options will be announced in the coming months.

    Among the 2021 courses are two exciting debuts: H-170 “Spanish American Textual Technologies to 1800,” taught by Hortensia Calvo, Christine Hernández & Rachel Stein at Tulane University, and L-120 “Introduction to Audiovisual Archives Management,” taught by Erica Titkemeyer & Steve Weiss at UNC Chapel Hill.

    Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process.

    Applications for Rare Book School courses are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions, submit your application(s) for summer courses by 3 March. Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis until all courses have reached capacity. Bear in mind that many of the courses will fill in the first round of consideration.

    See the Course Application page for more details.

    Posted 3 months, 10 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Mourns the Passing of Daniel Chabris

    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Daniel D. Chabris, a longtime friend and supporter of Rare Book School. An enthusiastic and discerning book collector, Chabris created one of the largest private collections of the work of Sinclair Lewis, and also collected Washington Irving, Louis Bromfield, and Dante Alighieri. In June 2018, Chabris donated his collection of editions of Dante’s Divina Commedia to Rare Book School, which includes editions printed from the seventeenth century to the present, in both Italian and English. Rare Book School’s faculty and students have benefitted immensely from this generous gift which exemplifies the richness of our written heritage. Chabris was a lifelong supporter of libraries and learning, and he will be greatly missed among the bibliographical and book-collecting communities.

    Posted 5 months, 17 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Announces Summer 2021 Schedule

    The summer 2021 Rare Book School course schedule is available! Please note that more courses for the summer of 2021 will be announced soon. Owing to circumstances created by COVID-19, final details for several classes are still being determined.

    To ensure that as many students as possible can participate in courses next summer, RBS is implementing a more flexible schedule than usual. If it is safe to do so, we will be offering a full suite of more than 30 in-person courses, along with several online-only courses. If in-person classes cannot take place, many of the courses will transition to being taught online. Please visit our website for more details.

    New courses for 2021 include:

    See the full schedule.

    Posted 5 months, 23 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Scholarship & Fellowship Applications Now Available

    We are now accepting applications for the 2020 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 all fellowships including the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program, 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. 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, please log into your myRBS account (or create a new myRBS account). On the Home screen, click the “Apply for a Scholarship or Fellowship” button on the left side of the page. If you have any trouble with myRBS, see the FAQs page or email rbs_scholarships@virginia.edu.

    The application deadline for all RBS scholarships is Sunday, 1 November 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET and for the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program is Monday, 2 November 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The application deadline for The M. C. Lang Fellowship and The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage Fellowship is Monday, 30 November 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

    See the Scholarships page for descriptions of the various scholarships available, or the Fellowships page for more information about each fellowship program. Scholarship applicants will be considered for all of the awards for which they are eligible (though note that separate applications are required for the fellowship programs). If you have any questions about the scholarship/fellowship application process, please don’t hesitate to email us at rbs_scholarships@virginia.edu.


    Posted October 1, 2020 by RBS
  • Double Your Impact: Board of Directors will match all donations this month up to $100,000

    Rare Book School is excited to announce an extraordinary $100,000 matching-gift challenge as we seek to meet our Annual Fund goal following an exacting summer with no income from course tuition. Thanks to the vision and generosity of our Board of Directors, gifts of any size made through 30 September will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $100,000. This year’s fiscal-year-end challenge is the largest in our history, underscoring the critical role philanthropy has in sustaining Rare Book School as a vital force for good.

    Confronted with the cancellation of in-person courses—affecting 38 courses and 467 students—Rare Book School launched RBS Online to provide opportunities for the community safely to gather, interact, and learn through free online programming. We are especially grateful to our faculty who dedicated themselves to transforming many of our in-person courses into insightful digital offerings. We were pleased to see so many of our alumni and friends, along with a wider audience, join us throughout the summer. New online offerings will be available throughout the fall, and we invite you to register for these programs here.

    Now, as we navigate the uncertainties ahead, the help of our donors, both new supporters and loyal benefactors, is more important than ever before. Please help us secure this crucial funding by making your gift today, and by sharing this chance to make a doubled donation with friends and colleagues who value the educational opportunities that RBS provides. All gifts, large or small, made before 30 September are eligible to be matched, including gifts by mail, online, and over the phone.

    If you have questions, please contact Adam Miller, Director of Development, at (434) 243-1010 or adam.miller@virginia.edu.

    Posted September 11, 2020 by RBS
  • Recognizing a Grave and Egregious Pattern; Committing Ourselves to the Work Ahead

    We at Rare Book School deplore racism and discrimination in all its forms. Without reservation, we condemn the lethal ignorance and hatred that animates racism and the injustices that come from it. We recognize the loss of Black lives at the hands of law enforcement as among the most grave and egregious of the patterns of systemic racism in our time. No human being should be deprived of the most fundamental of human rights, the right to live. We abhor violence against people of color in all its forms, and we mourn those who have died while struggling for racial justice. The killing of innocent people for any reason, whether on account of their race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or religion, contravenes our fundamental values as an educational organization, as citizens of a modern democracy, and as members of the human family. We stand in solidarity with all people who are striving to make a world of racial equality and justice.

    Discrimination and racial inequity likewise plague our professional lives. Rare Book School pledges to continue to seek redress for the gross disparities of access, employment, and representation that have long prevailed in our cultural heritage collections and professional circles. To build a better future, we must learn not only to read the signs of our own time, but also to understand and speak courageously about our past. From libraries and archives to classrooms and lecture halls, we will continue to strive to empower and support those who create, preserve, protect, study, and disseminate the multicultural stories of our world, including the stories of our valued communities of color. Obviously, there is much work to be done, and we at Rare Book School are committed to the ongoing labor of putting our principles into action, to help bring into being a society that is more equitable for all.

    For a statement of our values, see: https://rarebookschool.org/values.


    Posted June 3, 2020 by sysop
  • Announcing the 2020 RBS-Mellon SoFCB Junior Fellows & Senior Fellows

    Image from “Touch This Page! Making Sense of the Ways We Read,” co-directed by David Weimer and Sari Altschuler.

    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 inaugural recipient of the Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellowship. The SoFCB also celebrates the advancement of several Junior Fellows from earlier cohorts to the rank of Senior Fellow. Many congratulations to all the Fellows; we much look forward to seeing you at RBS!

    The 2020–22 RBS-Mellon SoFCB Junior Fellows are:

    Crystal Donkor – Assistant Professor of English, Department of English, SUNY New Paltz

    Alison Fraser, Ph.D. – Assistant Curator of the Poetry Collection and Interim Coordinator of the Rare & Special Books Collection, University Libraries, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

    Amy Gore – Assistant Professor of Early American Literatures, Department of English, North Dakota State University

    Mallory Matsumoto – Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology, Brown University

    Kate Ozment – Assistant Professor of English, Department of English & Modern Languages, Cal Poly Pomona

    Eilin Rafael Pérez* –  Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago

    Maria Ryan – Ph.D. candidate, Department of Music, University of Pennsylvania

    Jacinta Saffold – Assistant Professor of English, Department of English & Foreign Languages, University of New Orleans

    Selin Unluonen – Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University

    David Weimer – Librarian for Cartographic Collections and Learning, Harvard Map Collection, Harvard Library


    The following Junior Fellows, having fulfilled all requirements of their program, are now Senior Fellows of the SoFCB:

    Georgia Henley – Assistant Professor, Department of English, Saint Anselm College

    Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa – Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Occidental College

    Deborah Schlein – Near Eastern Studies Librarian, Princeton University Library (as of 13 July 2020)

    *Recipient of the Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellowship.

    Posted May 26, 2020 by RBS
  • RBS Online Now Live

    RBS is now offering a varied series of free digital programs centered on bibliography and the history of the book. These programs will focus on the study of textual artifacts and their crucial role in shaping understandings of cultural heritage and informing humanistic research. The offerings include five series: a Course-Related Content Series offered by RBS faculty members that will be available to students who were enrolled at RBS this summer in some cases and, in others, open to wider audiences; a Panel Discussion Series, featuring RBS faculty members and colleagues from the broader book community; a Young Book Lovers Series, designed to engage K-12 audiences as well as others new to the book; a Lecture Series, building off of RBS’s traditional programming; and a BiblioVideo Series, highlighting pedagogy and research with textual artifacts.

    This content, while not a substitute for Rare Book School’s full courses, will provide an opportunity to gather and pursue our shared love of learning 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. To learn more about our weekly offerings, please click here.

    Posted May 18, 2020 by RBS
  • RBS Releases New Presswork Documentary

    What can eighteenth-century facsimile printing presses teach us about the history of printing and technology, and about the roles that printing technologies play in the production of knowledge? “Presswork,” a public-facing program established in 2018, seeks to introduce scholars, students, and members of the general public alike to hands-on printing with historical presses. The program was created by RBS in collaboration with UVA’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, and has been funded through a grant from the Jefferson Trust, an initiative of UVA’s Alumni Association.

    The following documentary describes the scope of RBS’s “Presswork” program—charting how the project began with RBS’s commissioning of a wooden rolling press, modeled and designed after diagrams published in Denis Diderot’s famous Encyclopédie (of which UVA owns a unique copy, annotated by Diderot himself). We know of no other university, whether in the U.S. or farther afield, that has two eighteenth-century period presses positioned side by side, allowing faculty, students, and visitors to compare, in a hands-on research setting, the intaglio and letterpress technologies that were necessary for producing the illustrated books that Thomas Jefferson and his contemporaries read. As the documentary illustrates, these presses were essential for interpreting how early modern and Enlightenment-era printers worked, how books and prints were fashioned, and how those processes influenced the culture of learning that fostered the growth of libraries and universities.

    Appealing to audiences far beyond the small circle of professional bibliographers, the presses have captivated students, who teach with them as part of a student-led learning program, and as part of a larger outreach program geared toward engaging the general public. “Presswork” provides custom teaching labs for UVA courses and visiting groups, while training UVA undergraduate and graduate students in the technologies of printing through its RBS-UVA Presswork Fellowship Program. “Presswork” also hosts events, such as open houses for the local community. The program continues to spark new conversations, projects, and research on Grounds, fostering exciting collaborations around the legacy of hands-on printing technologies. We look forward to resuming our programming when UVA reopens.

    Posted April 27, 2020 by RBS
  • Rare Book School Announces Andrew W. Mellon Fellows for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage

    With pleasure, Rare Book School announces the inaugural cohort of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. Congratulations to all, and we look forward to welcoming you to the RBS community!

    • Dorothy Judith Berry, Digital Collections Program Manager, Houghton Library, Harvard University
    • Christina M. Bleyer, Director of Special Collections & Archives, Trinity College
    • Ellen-Rae Cachola, Evening Supervisor & Archives Manager, Public Services, University of Hawaii Law Library, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
    • Azalea Camacho, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, California State University, Los Angeles
    • Dale J. Correa, Middle Eastern Studies Librarian & History Coordinator, The University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin
    • Clinton R. Fluker, Assistant Director for Engagement & Scholarship, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
    • DeLisa A. Minor Harris, Special Collections Librarian, John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library, Fisk University
    • Amanda T. Moreno, Archivist, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries
    • Bridgett Kathryn Pride, Reference Librarian, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
    • T-Kay Sangwand, Librarian for Digital Collection Development, Digital Library Program, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Jessica Tai, Resident Processing Archivist, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
    • Krystal Tribbett, Curator for Orange County Regional History, Special Collections & Archives, Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center, University of California, Irvine
    • Anastasia Tucker, Education and Outreach Archivist, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, Washington State University
    • Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Associate Librarian and Latin American & Caribbean Special Collections Librarian, Department of Special & Area Studies Collections, University of Florida
    • Rachel E. Winston, Black Diaspora Archivist, The University of Texas at Austin
    Posted April 13, 2020 by RBS
  • RBS’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography Awards First Annual Essay Prize

    Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) is very pleased to announce the winner of the Society’s first annual essay prize:

    Michaël Roy, “The Slave Narrative Unbound,” in Brigitte Fielder and Jonathan Senchyne (eds), Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print, Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, 2019, p. 259-276.

    Roy’s article was selected because the committee was particularly struck by his argument that the dominance of the bound book has distorted the history of narratives of enslaved people in the United States. In fact, Roy convincingly argues that “the political efficacy of slave narratives can best be measured by their ability to cross media and genres.” However, the historical focus on book-length slave narratives has prioritized those narratives that were backed by white organizations or charismatic individual authors. Outstanding it terms of its originality and clarity, this scholarship also reflects the mission of the SoFCB, which seeks to “foster capacious interdisciplinary scholarship . . . share that knowledge among broader publics . . . and creating a more accessible, inclusive, and diverse environment for the study of the material text.” Roy makes us aware that book history and histories, more generally, are not always just about books.

    The SoFCB essay call received dozens of excellent submissions from scholars working in many fields and disciplines—an encouraging response that attests to the vibrancy of critical bibliography in the twenty-first century. Our decisions were not easy ones. In addition to selecting our the essay prize winner, Michaël Roy, we would like to highlight two other submissions, which merit honorable mention:

    Melissa Reynolds, “‘Here Is a Good Boke to Lerne’: Practical Books, the Coming of the Press, and the Search for Knowledge, ca. 1400–1560,” Journal of British Studies 58.2 (April 2019): 259-288


    Nora C. Benedict, “Books about Books and Books as Material Artifacts: Metabibliography in Jorge Luis Borges’s El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (1941).” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 42.3 (2018): 451-472.

    The essay prize has been underwritten by Kimball Higgs, a supporter of Rare Book School and a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Library Service.

    Essay Prize Committee:

    Damian Fleming

    Brenna Wynn Greer

    Steffi Dippold

    Posted April 10, 2020 by RBS
  • The Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trades

    Rare Book School is excited to announce that Kenneth Karmiole has generously given a new endowment gift to fund an annual lecture on the history of the book trades. RBS expects to make an announcement in the fall, giving details about the inaugural Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trades in 2021, an event that will be a highlight of our summer programming.

    Ken is a member of the RBS Board of Directors and President of Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc., in Santa Monica, California. Established in 1976, Ken’s antiquarian bookselling firm specializes in early printing, travel, history of printing, science and technology, and incunabula. In addition to his work as an antiquarian bookseller, Ken’s philanthropy extends to providing financial support to various libraries and the funding of educational programs in southern California including those at UCLA, The Book Club of California, and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since the 1970s, Kenneth has served three terms on the National Board of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and received the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2011 from the UCLA Library and Information Studies Alumni Association. His article about collecting books in the digital age appeared in The Journal of the Book Club of Washington and can be found here. He joined Rare Book School’s board in 2018.

    Held at the University of Virginia, this annual lecture will be free and open to the public with a reception to follow. (Photo by Joanie Harmon)

    Posted April 2, 2020 by RBS
  • The A.S.W Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography Postponed

    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 March 11, 2020 by RBS
  • Rare Book School and COVID-19

    June 3, 2020

    Although we have been expecting this announcement, it is still with sadness that we confirm that the University of Virginia will be keeping the campus closed through July and that we are likewise cancelling our courses here in Charlottesville. Since our founding in 1983, the only other summer in which RBS didn’t run a single summer course was 1992, the year the School moved from Columbia to UVA. While we will miss seeing students and instructors in person this summer, cancelling is the best way to keep members of the RBS community safe and healthy. We appreciate your patience as you have awaited this decision. We are looking forward to summer 2021, and hope to see many of you participate in our RBS Online events in the meantime.

    April 29, 2020

    We at Rare Book School are waiting for updated information from the University of Virginia as well as official government and CDC guidelines relating to July before deciding whether our courses in Charlottesville and New York City will be able to proceed. We have, with some heaviness of heart, cancelled the July session for Philadelphia and Cambridge. As always, our top priority is the safety of our students and faculty.

    UVA’s administration has stated that they will make an announcement regarding July by June 1st. Since we don’t yet know what July will look like, we are extending the payment deadline to June 5th.

    If you have not yet paid your deposit and/or full tuition, you do not need to make that payment until June 5th. If you would like to submit your payment before that date, please feel free to do so. In the event that your course is then cancelled, RBS will refund the full amount. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at rbsprograms@virginia.edu.

    We remain hopeful that we will be able to connect with our students this summer; if not in person, then electronically.

    April 8, 2020

    We at RBS hope that you and your families are in good health. In light of the current information about the progression of the COVID-19 virus in the United States and the closures at many of our host institutions, we are cancelling all of our June courses, albeit with regret. Additionally, all courses that were to be held in Philadelphia in July have also been cancelled. 

    If UVA and/or our partner institutions are able to be open during July, in keeping with the recommendations of public health officials, then we will run our July courses as scheduled. We continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC and state organizations. Our top priority is the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the amazing staff at our partner institutions.

    Meanwhile, we are exploring options for online educational offerings and will share further information about these exciting opportunities soon! 

    If you have questions about the summer, please contact rbsprograms@virginia.edu.

    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. If, after accepting a spot and taking the usual steps to secure your place, you later determine either that you are prevented from attending, or that you do not wish to attend, owing to concerns about the coronavirus, Rare Book School will refund your entire tuition, including the normally nonrefundable deposit.

    In light of the uncertainty regarding summer plans and travel restrictions, we are extending the deposit deadline to 4 May. Please note that you will still receive automated reminder emails from the myRBS system prompting you to submit payment. You may disregard these messages.

    If you have questions regarding your payment or a possible refund, please contact rbsfinancial@virginia.edu.

    Posted March 4, 2020 by sysop
  • Announcing the Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellowship

    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), conservation (any region or period), maps, and/or ephemera (any region or period). The endowed fellowships will provide two years of funding per awardee, allowing Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellows to attend the SoFCB’s annual meeting and to participate in two RBS courses; it will also provide funding for fellows to host a public-facing symposium, and will provide some support for fellows to participate in a bibliographical field school. Fellows are committed both to teaching with primary materials, and to fostering an accessible, inclusive, and diverse environment for the study of material texts.

    We are indebted to Mark for his lead gift, which creates the first endowed fellowship of RBS’s SoFCB. We hope to secure additional support to endow the studies and research of the Society’s other nine Junior Fellows, to advance the work of future generations of scholars practicing bibliography and book history.

    Read here for more information about the Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellowship.

    Posted March 3, 2020 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 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, Special Collections Librarian at Williams College
    • Jillian Sparks, Librarian for Special Collections and Archives Instruction at St. Olaf College
    • Marieke Van Der Steenhoven, Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian at Bowdoin College
    • Lynda Yankaskas, Associate Professor of History at Muhlenberg College
    • Beth Zinsli, Curator and Assistant Professor of Art History at Lawrence University
    Posted February 17, 2020 by RBS