RBS News

  • 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.

    Photo by Joanie Harmon.

    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.

    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
  • RBS Mourns the Loss of Hans Tausig

    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Hans Tausig, who served as the inaugural Chairman of Rare Book School’s Board of Directors beginning in 2002, and remained a highly valued member of the Board until 2017. Hans spoke of his deep love and appreciation of rare books and the mission of Rare Book School, saying: “It’s not just the illustrations and lettering that makes these old works so special. Book binding itself is an art form few people know about or understand. Rare Book School is just one way to ensure that we continue to teach people about these great artifacts. To hold an old manuscript is to touch history.” Over the years, Hans took 20 courses at Rare Book School; both as a tirelessly inquisitive student and as the leader of the School’s Board, Hans was much beloved in our community.

    Hans Tausig Obituary

    To make a donation to Rare Book School in honor of Hans Tausig and his love of books, please visit this link.

    Posted January 23, 2020 by Donna Sy
  • RBS Scholarship Awards for 2020 Announced

    Rare Book School is pleased to announce the recipients of its Scholarship Committee awards, as well as the winners of the Buice Scholarships for returning RBS students and the final cohort of NEH-GBHI Scholarships. Congratulations!

    Directors’ Scholarship Fund:

    Brooke Adams
    Brian Baaki
    Henry Handley
    James Harr
    Elizabeth James
    Erzsi Kukorelly

    Natalie McGartland
    Simone Oppen
    Jennifer Phillips
    Megan Rosenbloom
    Alexander Zawacki

    ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship: Zoe Selengut

    ASECS Scholarship: Megan Cole

    Bibliographical Society of America Scholarship: Joshua Kruchten

    BSUVA Scholarships:

    Courtney Dalton
    Alec Pollak
    Emma Rayner

    Aidan Selmer
    Emily Sferra
    Melinda Susanto

    William T. Buice III Scholarships:

    Rhiannon Bell
    Maren Cornett
    Jennifer Daugherty
    Maria Fernandez
    Timothy Gress

    Karalyn Mark
    Pablo Martinez Gramuglia
    Edwina Murphy
    Carissa Pfeiffer
    Sarah Stanhope

    Caxton Club Scholarship: Kerri Mulcare

    Claudia Skelton Scholarship: Charlotte Eagle

    George Gloss Scholarship: Katherine Sorresso

    Heritage Book Shop Scholarship: Elizabeth Dean

    Kenneth Karmiole Scholarship: Nick Williams

    James Davis Scholarship: Jerome Scully

    Jeremy Norman Scholarship: Benjamin Levy

    NEH-GBHI Scholarships:

    Javiera Barrientos
    Carol DeGrasse
    Criss Guy
    Raven Johnston
    Milton Machuca-Galvez

    Keala Richard
    Spring Storm Stoker
    Jerilyn Tinio
    Kelli Yakabu

    Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Manuscripts Scholarship:  Reed O’Mara

    Washington Rare Book Group Scholarship:  Julia Fine

    Whitmore Rare Books Scholarship:  Erica Finch

    Posted January 13, 2020 by RBS
  • Apply Now for Summer 2020 Courses

    Applications for summer 2020 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, my RBS.

    Along with 21 courses in Charlottesville, courses will be held at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Lillian Goldman Law Library, and Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania; the Library Company of Philadelphia; the Free Library of Philadelphia; Amherst College; Indiana University Bloomington; the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library.

    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 17 February. 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 6, 2020 by RBS
  • RBS Announces Summer 2020 Schedule

    The summer 2020 Rare Book School course schedule is available! Along with 21 courses in Charlottesville, courses will be held at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Lillian Goldman Law Library, and Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania; the Library Company of Philadelphia; Amherst College; Indiana University Bloomington; the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University; the Free Library of Philadelphia; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library.

    New courses for 2020 include:

    New co-instructors include: Lisa Conathan, Jennifer Jae Gutierrez, Mikyung Kang, and Kelly Tuttle. Applications for summer 2020 courses will be accepted beginning in early January.

    *Please note the time difference in Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books (L-25) in Bloomington, which will run from Wednesday (17 June 2020) through Monday (22 June 2020).

    See the full schedule.

    Posted November 7, 2019 by RBS
  • RBS Receives Gift to Support the M. C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources

    Rare Book School has received a gift to establish the M. C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources, a two-year program designed to animate humanities teaching and equip educators (both library/curatorial staff and tenured or tenure-track faculty) to enlarge their students’ historical sensibilities through bibliographically informed instruction with original historical sources. Open to faculty and librarians at liberal arts colleges and small universities in the United States, this fellowship program will teach teachers how to discern and convey the human presences in original textual artifacts, to inculcate wonder in their students through guided contact with original textual artifacts.

    The goal of this fellowship program is to re-seed American colleges and small universities with humanities teachers who make maximal use of special collections resources in their undergraduate courses, so that the integration of bibliographical and book-historical sensibilities becomes woven into the fabric of such teaching. Lang Fellows will be encouraged to enlist others on and near their campuses who could help create a community of practice, so that book-historical humanities teaching with original primary sources is not merely a matter of individual style, but rather a central aspect of the local educational culture.

    Fellows will receive funding to attend two Rare Book School courses, and will be eligible to receive matching funds each year to help improve their own teaching, create student-learning experiences, build book-historical culture on campus, foster book-related public outreach programs, or organize an event to raise awareness about humanities teaching with original textual artifacts.

    Applications for the first cohort of fellows are now open, and will be due on 2 December 2019. See the fellowship webpage for more details on the fellowship program and the application process.

    Posted October 3, 2019 by RBS
  • Register Now for RBS Seminar at Winterthur & University of Delaware (10–12 November)

    Rare Book School is sponsoring a two-day seminar at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and the University of Delaware Library on Monday and Tuesday 11–12 November 2019, preceded by a group dinner on Sunday, 10 November.

    This seminar has been designed to be of interest to curators, collectors, and librarians of all kinds who care for, research, and teach with ephemera collections, but signup is open to anyone with an interest in the topics covered. The cost to attend the seminar is $500.

    As space is limited, signup for the seminar will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage “early bird” registration before 7 October to improve your chances of getting a seat.

    See the event page for more details and to sign up.

    Posted September 16, 2019 by RBS
  • RBS Scholarship & Fellowship Applications Now Available

    We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Rare Book School scholarship and fellowship cycle.

    Applications are open for all RBS-awarded scholarships (for both first-time and returning RBS students), for the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program, and for the new 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 and for the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program is Friday, 1 November 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The application deadline for the Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage Fellowship is Monday, 2 December 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

    See the Scholarships page for descriptions of the various scholarships available, or the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program and Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage pages 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 September 4, 2019 by RBS
  • RBS Receives Grant to Support the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage

    Rare Book School has received a $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage, a six-year program which aims to advance multicultural collections through innovative and inclusive curatorial practice and leadership. Forty-five fellows who identify with diverse racial or ethnic communities and/or who work primarily with collections that document minority, immigrant, and non-Western cultural traditions will participate in this program over six years.

    Comprising three overlapping cohorts of 15 fellows each, the fellowship will seek to fulfill four core goals: 1) developing skills for documenting and interpreting visual and textual materials in special collections and archives; 2) raising awareness within professional communities about the significance of inclusive, multicultural collections, including their promotion, development, and stewardship; 3) building connections with diverse communities and publics through strategic programming, outreach, and advocacy; and 4) advancing careers by establishing new pathways and skills for professional growth.

    Rare Book School will be collaborating with a number of partner institutions to make meaningful professional development activities available to fellows. These activities will include site visits to such institutions as the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Cuban Heritage and Latin American Collections at the University of Miami Libraries, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; targeted workshops at the annual conference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries; and the opportunity to present work at the HBCU Library Alliance biannual meeting.

    “We are excited by the opportunities this grant provides; it will enable us to be more active and effective agents in advancing the diversity of persons and practices in special collections libraries,” said RBS Executive Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “And we are enormously grateful, not only to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and its staff, but also to a host of other interlocutors, for the many conversations we have had over the past several years in the nascent stages of this program. Listening carefully to new voices and attending to different perspectives has been both humbling and enlightening.”

    Applications for the first cohort of fellows will be available in September 2019, and will be due on 2 December 2019. See the fellowship webpage for more details on the fellowship program and the application process.

    Read the full press release.

    Posted June 26, 2019 by RBS
  • Announcing the 2019–21 RBS-Mellon SoFCB Junior Fellows & 2019–20 RBS-UVA Fellows

    We are pleased to announce the 2019–21 Junior Fellows in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography, as well as the 2019–20 cohort of RBS-UVA Fellows. Many congratulations to all the Fellows; we much look forward to seeing you at RBS soon!

    The 2019–21 RBS-Mellon SoFCB Junior Fellows are:

    • Jeremiah Coogan – Ph.D. candidate, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame
    • Steffi Dippold – Assistant Professor of Early and Native American Literatures, Department of English, Kansas State University
    • Elizabeth Bacon Eager – Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, Southern Methodist University
    • Natilee Harren – Assistant Professor of Art History, School of Art, University of Houston
    • Alex Hidalgo – Assistant Professor of Colonial Latin American History, Department of History, Texas Christian University
    • Yi Lu – Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Harvard University
    • Clare Mullaney – Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Literature and Creative Writing, Hamilton College
    • Pranav Prakash – Ph.D. candidate, Department of Religious Studies, University of Iowa
    • Megan Eaton Robb – Julie and Martin Franklin Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
    • Rianne Subijanto – Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Baruch College, The City University of New York (CUNY)

    The 2019–20 RBS-UVA Fellows are:

    • Lucia Alden – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Emma Dove – Ph.D. student, McIntire Department of Art
    • Alexandra Kennedy – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Michael VanHoose – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    Posted June 14, 2019 by RBS
  • RBS Announces 2019 Summer Lecture Schedule

    We are very pleased to announce the lineup for this summer’s lecture series at the University of Virginia. The lectures are free and open to the public. All talks will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library (unless otherwise noted). Lectures will last 30–40 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A, and will be followed by a reception in the RBS suite on the first floor of Alderman Library (Alderman 118).

    Monday, 3 June: Jack W. Chen, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, University of Virginia: Information Systems As/In Chinese Literary History

    Monday, 10 June: Tia Blassingame, Proprietor, Primrose Press; Director of Scripps College Press and Assistant Professor of Book Arts, Scripps College: Despite Hostile Terrain: Witness to Racism in the Artists’ Books of Primrose Press

    Monday, 8 July: Qianna Whitted, Professor of English and African American Studies, University of South Carolina: Desegregating Comics: Debating Race in Early American Comic Books

    Wednesday, 10 July: Heather O’Donnell & Rebecca Romney, Honey & Wax Booksellers: The Right and Wrong Ways to Collect – The 2019 Sol. M. and Mary Ann O’Brian Malkin Lecture

    Monday, 22 July: Thomas S. Mullaney, Professor of Chinese History, Stanford University: Revolutionary Spirits: Typescript Books, DIY Zines, and Other Forms of Unsanctioned Publishing in Maoist and Post-Mao China – NEH-GBHI Lecture

    Monday, 29 July: Anindita Ghosh, Professor of Modern Indian History, School of Arts Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester: Cheap and Bad Books: A Social History of Printing and Publishing in Colonial IndiaNEH-GBHI Lecture

    We are also delighted to be able to offer public evening lectures at our Philadelphia and New York satellite sessions:

    Tuesday, 4 June: Glenda Goodman, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania: Cultivated by Hand: Manuscript Books, Amateur Musicians, and the Performance of Taste. This lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Class of 1978 Pavilion, 6th Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, University of Pennsylvania.

    Wednesday, 26 June: María Verónica San Martín, Book Artist: Moving Memorials. This lecture will begin at 6 p.m. at the Grolier Club (47 East 60th Street, New York City).

    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”).

    Posted May 13, 2019 by RBS
  • Video from “Archives, Memory & Identity” Symposium Now Available

    Video from the Archives, Memory & Identity symposium, held at UVA on 7 September 2018, is now available on the RBS YouTube channel.

    The session videos can be viewed as a playlist, or individually:

    Introductory Overview (3:26)

    Session 1: Access (1:38:43)

    Session 2: Storytelling & Memory (1:23:29)

    Session 3: Community Archives & Outreach (1:26:42)

    Session 4: Roundtable Discussion: Cultural Heritage, Social Justice, and Individual Responsibility (1:17:55)

    Moving Memorials: A Book Arts Performance (33:39)

    See the Archives, Memory & Identity page for more information about the symposium.

    Posted April 11, 2019 by RBS
  • Announcing Presswork Symposium “Making & Teaching: Printing Technologies at Work”

    Rare Book School is pleased to announce a free, public symposium jointly sponsored with the UVA Library, the McIntire Department of Art, and Virginia Humanities as part of Presswork, a project funded by The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of UVA’s Alumni Association. “Making & Teaching: Printing Technologies at Work” will be held at UVA on Monday, 25 March 2019.

    The first half of the symposium will feature a series of overlapping, hands-on demonstrations with specialized printing equipment, including a recently commissioned facsimile eighteenth-century French rolling press, as well as a hand-made facsimile type mold from the same period, built using schematic plans from Diderot’s Encyclopédie. Participants will have an opportunity to see these machines and tools demonstrated, as well as speak with the individuals who made them—and also try their own hand at printing.

    The second half of the symposium will feature a roundtable discussion exploring how hands-on teaching with facsimile machines and legacy equipment continues to influence cutting-edge  scholarly research with books, prints, ephemera, and related documents. Guest speakers will explore issues including: how printing technologies shed light on textual instability; how bibliography’s traditional focus on letterpress printing has limited understandings of scientific illustration (primarily produced using intaglio techniques); and how traditional bibliographical methods for studying hand-press materials can be applied to twentieth-century media.

    The day will conclude with a keynote delivered by Amos Kennedy, who will speak on community printing, or the importance of bringing the craft of printing to broader publics. Mr. Kennedy will discuss insights and strategies for reaching out to community members through various venues, including public schools and libraries.

    A reception will follow.

    Please see the event webpage for more information and full schedule.


    Posted March 14, 2019 by RBS
  • Rare Book School Board of Directors Elects New Members

    The Rare Book School Board of Directors met on Saturday, 26 January in New York City, where the following new directors were elected:

    • Scott Clemons (Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and immediate past president of the Grolier Club)
    • Barbara J. Fried (President of Fried Companies, Inc., and member of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors)
    • Eric L. Motley (Executive Vice President at the Aspen Institute)
    • Sandra M. Phoenix (Executive Director of the HBCU Library Alliance)
    • David S. Zeidberg (Avery Director (retired), the Huntington Library)

    The Board thanked departing members John T. Casteen III, Joan M. Friedman, Jon A. Lindseth, and Mary C. Schlosser for their years of service.

    Rare Book School Founding Director Terry Belanger, having completed his term as a board member, has accepted the Board’s invitation to serve as a non-voting member emeritus of the Board of Directors.

    The Board also approved the addition of Alexia Hudson-Ward (Director of Libraries, Oberlin College & Conservatory) to the Advisory Board of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography.

    Posted February 5, 2019 by RBS
  • RBS Scholarship Awards for 2019 Announced

    Rare Book School is pleased to announce the recipients of its Scholarship Committee awards, as well as the winners of the Buice Scholarships for returning RBS students, the second cohort of NEH-GBHI Scholarships, and the RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship. Congratulations!

    Directors’ Scholarship Fund:

    Colleen Alles
    Meghan Angelos
    Phoebe Bean
    Xin Conan-Wu
    Maria Damjkær
    Catarina Figuierinhas
    Jessica Gordon-Burroughs
    Timothy Gress
    Alani Hicks-Bartlett
    Nicholas Jacobs

    Ostap Kin
    Laura Kolb
    Hsiu-man Lin
    Karalyn Mark
    Allison McCormack
    Fallon Murphy
    Robert Sanford
    Meredith Self
    Nicholas Sparks
    Sara Trotta

    ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship: Robert Harland

    ASECS Scholarship: Renee Bryzik

    Bibliographical Society of America Scholarship: Matthew da Mota

    BSUVA Scholarships:

    Emily Arbuckle
    Ian De Jong
    Katherine Fisher
    Amber Jones

    Linea Kemsley
    Dipti Khera
    Ariana Pemberton
    Kevin Windhauser

    William T. Buice III Scholarships:

    André Araújo
    Mark Armstrong
    Susan Chakmakian
    Douglas Clark
    Margaret Joyce
    Kayla Lunt

    Anna Preus
    Janelle Rebel
    Leigh Schlecht
    Oishani Sengupta
    Troy Smith

    Caxton Club Scholarship: Kadin Henningsen

    James Davis Scholarship: Juliette Paul

    NEH-GBHI Scholarships:

    Karen Cana-Cruz
    María Beatriz H. Carrión
    Joy Doan
    Britney Henry

    Joy Orillo-Dotson
    Christie Pavey
    Sara Whisnant

    RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowships: Jasmine Smith & Sarah Stanhope

    Washington Rare Book Group Scholarship: Ashleigh Coren

    Posted January 30, 2019 by RBS