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 (details forthcoming). 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, the relationships between print and manuscript, papermaking, book illustration, American reading and publishing, and reading in the digital age. Among recent lecturers are Paul Needham, Ann Blair, William Zachs, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, and Mary J. Carruthers.Posted 3 days ago by Laura Eidam
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, Department of Art
- William Nichols – Ph.D. student, Department of Classics
- Rachel Retica – Ph.D. student, Department of English
- Chloe Wells – Ph.D. student, Department of Art
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.
Tuesday, 15 June: Alex Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Latin American History, Texas Christian University: The Book as Archive
Tuesday, 29 June: Noelani Arista, Associate Professor of History, Department of History and Classical Studies, and Chair, Indigenous Studies Program, McGill University: He Lau Nā Moʻolelo: The Challenge and Promise of Hawaiian Language Textual Archives
Tuesday, 13 July: Michael Winship, Iris Howard Regents Professor Emeritus of English II, University of Texas at Austin: Subscription Publishing in America over Three Centuries – The inaugural Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trades
Tuesday, 20 July: Marina Rustow, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Director of Geniza Lab, Princeton University: Lost Archives and Paper Reuse in the Medieval Islamic World
Tuesday, 27 July: Elizabeth Yale, Lecturer, Department of History, University of Iowa: Paper-Keeping: Women, Family, and Knowledge Work in the Early Modern British World
Tuesday, 3 August: Meredith L. McGill, Professor of English, Rutgers University; and Jacqueline Goldsby, Professor of English, of African American Studies, and of American Studies, Yale University: What is “Black” about Black Bibliography? – The 2021 Sol. M. and Mary Ann O’Brian Malkin Lecture
For information on past lectures, see www.rarebookschool.org/lectures. Past lectures are also available via iTunes or your preferred podcast delivery system (search for “Rare Book School”). Video recordings of the lectures from 2020 through the present are also available on YouTube.Posted 3 months, 12 days ago by Laura Eidam
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. She shows us how to make them speak by studying them within the context of the historical development of diabetes monitors; by placing them alongside similarly quotidian domestic technologies; and by reading the devices with archival records to elicit the habits of mind, body, and care that they facilitated. Neswald’s analysis cuts across material culture conversations in the history of science, the history of art, and anthropology. It is all the more powerful for the elegant, nuanced way in which she unfolds her story. The committee members were unanimous in their view that Neswald’s essay would spark fruitful conversations in both undergraduate and graduate courses on material culture, book history, bibliography, and the histories of art and science.
We received many excellent submissions from scholars working in fields across the humanities—an encouraging response that attests to the vibrancy of critical bibliography in the twenty-first century. Our decisions were not easy ones. We would like to highlight two additional submissions, which merit honorable mention:
Cat Lambert, “The Ancient Entomological Bookworm,” Arethusa 53 (2020): 1-24.
What kinds of readers are bookworms, anyway? Lambert marshals bibliographical, literary, and biological evidence, showing us how bookworms tunneled through books and how people used the bookworm as a metaphor in the ancient Mediterranean world. Through the bookworm, authors represented their anxieties about the survival of their writings and who was reading them, and how. Lambert offers us a cogent model for pursuing the social history of reading when material evidence is scant.
Christopher N. Warren, Pierce Williams, Shruti Rijhwani, and Max G’Sell, “Damaged Type and Areopagitica’s Clandestine Printers,” Milton Studies 62 (2020): 1-47.
A bibliographical whodunit: using computational methods and good old-fashioned analytical bibliography, the authors lead us through the shadowy world of clandestine printing in 1640s England. They reveal not only the likely identity of the printer of John Milton’s free-speech tract Areopagitica, but also the interconnections between type-sharing printers who risked their livelihoods to bring radical political and religious literature to the press during the English Civil War.
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:
Elizabeth YalePosted 4 months, 5 days ago by Laura Eidam
Brenna Wynn Greer
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!
Directors’ Scholarship Fund:
ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship: Lucy Kruesel
Bibliographical Society of America Scholarship: Tielke Uvin
William T. Buice III Scholarships:
T. Kimball Brooker/Caxton Club Scholarship: Candela Marini
Claudia Skelton Scholarship: Sarah Bai
George Gloss Scholarship: Theo Dumothier
Heritage Book Shop Scholarship: Jeremy McLaughlin
Kenneth Karmiole Scholarship: Mitch Gundrum
James Davis Scholarship: Sarah Scarr
Jeremy Norman Scholarship: Kim Bell
Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Manuscripts Scholarship: Kristin Van Diest
Washington Rare Book Group Scholarship: Hannah Jones
Whitmore Rare Books Scholarship: JoyEllen WilliamsPosted 4 months, 10 days ago by Laura Eidam
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 4 months, 12 days ago by Laura Eidam
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. Hodges – Fred M. Bullard Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin
Meekyung MacMurdie – Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, University of Utah
Priyasha Mukhopadhyay – Assistant Professor, Department of English, Yale University
Daniel Radus – Assistant Professor, Department of English, SUNY Cortland
Janelle Rebel – Head, Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center, and Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian, Ringling College of Art and Design
Sarah Robbins – Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, Yale University
Erika Valdivieso – Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Classics, Princeton University
Xiaoyu Xia* – Ph.D. Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkley
* Recipient of the Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellowship.Posted 4 months, 14 days ago by Laura Eidam
Rare Book School is pleased to announce the 2021–23 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows in the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. Many congratulations to all the fellows.
The 2021–23 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows are:
- Meaghan Alston, Project Archivist, Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Yao Chen, Librarian for East Asian Studies and Global Studies, University of California Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Zayda Delgado, Special Collections Librarian & Archivist, Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library, Sonoma County Library
- Jina DuVernay, Collection Development Archivist for African American Collections, Special Collections, Emory University
- Sandy Enríquez, Special Collections Public Services, Outreach & Community Engagement Librarian; Special Collections & University Archives; University of California, Riverside
- Lorena Gauthereau, Digital Program Manager, Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, University of Houston
- Suzanne Im, Acting Senior Librarian, Digitization & Special Collections, Los Angeles Public Library
- Ayshea Khan, Asian Pacific American Community Archivist, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
- Selena Ortega-Chiolero, Museum Specialist, Environmental Stewardship Department, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council
- Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives and Library, The City College of New York
- Albert A. Palacios, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, The University of Texas at Austin
- Rosa M. Peña, Library Assistant I, Los Angeles County Library; President, La Historia Historical Society
- Keala M. Richard, Conservation Technician, Preservation Department Book Conservation Lab, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
- Rhiannon Sorrell, Instruction & Digital Services Librarian, Kinyaa’áanii Charlie Benally Library, Diné College
- Jasmine Sykes-Kunk, Reference Associate, Special Collections, New York University
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 5 months, 16 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
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 February 1, 2021 by RBS
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 January 19, 2021 by RBS
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.
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 January 12, 2021 by RBS
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 November 5, 2020 by RBS
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:
- Spanish American Textual Technologies to 1800 (H-170), taught by Hortensia Calvo, Christine Hernández & Rachel Stein at Tulane University’s Latin American Library
- Introduction to Audiovisual Archives Management (L-120), taught by Erica Titkemeyer & Steve Weiss at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.Posted September 11, 2020 by RBS
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.
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!
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 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