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.
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
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:
ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship: Robert Harland
ASECS Scholarship: Renee Bryzik
Bibliographical Society of America Scholarship: Matthew da Mota
Ian De Jong
William T. Buice III Scholarships:
Caxton Club Scholarship: Kadin Henningsen
James Davis Scholarship: Juliette Paul
María Beatriz H. Carrión
RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowships: Jasmine Smith & Sarah Stanhope
Washington Rare Book Group Scholarship: Ashleigh CorenPosted January 30, 2019 by RBS
Applications for summer 2019 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS. Along with 24 courses in Charlottesville, RBS will also offer courses at the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington; the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Grolier Club; Yale University; the University of Pennsylvania; the Free Library of Philadelphia; and the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University.
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 18 February.
See the Course Application page for more details.Posted January 7, 2019 by RBS
We are very pleased to announce that three Rare Book School films are now available via the RBS YouTube channel:
- The Making of a Renaissance Book (1969)
- How to Operate a Book (1986)
- The Anatomy of a Book: Format in the Hand-Press Period (1991)
Facsimile format sheets and the workbook to accompany The Anatomy of a Book are still available through the RBS online store; copies of the DVDs will remain available until our current stock is depleted.Posted December 18, 2018 by RBS
The spring and summer 2019 Rare Book School course schedule is available! Along with 24 courses in Charlottesville, RBS will also offer courses at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania; the Free Library of Philadelphia; the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington; the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University; the Grolier Club; the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University.
New courses for 2019 include:
- The History of the Book in China since 1368 (H-145), taught by Soren Edgren (course H-85 will now cover the period to 1368)
- The History of Books and Printing in Korea (H-160), taught by Beth McKillop
- Japanese Prints and Illustrated Books in Context (I-85), taught by Julie Nelson Davis
- Community Archives and Digital Cultural Memory (L-115), taught by Bethany Nowviskie
Applications for spring and summer 2019 courses will be accepted beginning in early January.October 23, 2018 by RBS
Rare Book School is sponsoring a two-and-a-half-day seminar, “Digital Sustainability for Cultural Collections” at the MIT Libraries in Cambridge, MA on Wednesday–Friday, 12–14 December 2018. Nancy Y. McGovern (Director for Digital Preservation at MIT Libraries) and Kari R. Smith (Institute Archivist and Program Head for Digital Archives at the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections) will lead the seminar sessions.
This seminar has been designed to be of interest to curators and librarians of all kinds who are or may become responsible for the long-term management of digital content, but signup is open to anyone with an interest in the topics covered. The cost to attend is $500.
As space is limited, signup for the seminar will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline will be 28 November, but early registration is strongly encouraged.
See the event page for more details and to sign up.Posted October 19, 2018 by RBS
We are now accepting applications for the 2018 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 RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship Program, and for the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is Thursday, 1 November 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
See the Scholarships page for descriptions of the various scholarships available, or the RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship Program page and the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography page for information about each fellowship.Posted August 30, 2018 by RBS
Applications are now being accepted via myRBS for six Rare Book School courses offered this fall and winter at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Library of Congress, and the University of Virginia.
In New York City (28 October–2 November):
In Washington, DC (2–7 December):
- The Art & Science of Cartography, 200–1550; taught by John Hessler.
- Preservation Imaging: Science, Scholarship, and the Artifact; taught by Fenella France.
In Charlottesville, VA (6–11 January):
- Developing Collections: Donors, Libraries & Booksellers; taught by Tom Congalton, Johan Kugelberg, and Katherine Reagan.
- Provenance: Tracing Owners & Collections; taught by David Pearson.
- Physical Bibliography for Book Conservators*; taught by David Whitesell.
Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions for the October course, submit your application(s) by 4 September; to be considered in the first round of admissions decisions for the December and January courses, submit your application(s) by 15 October. Applications received after these dates will be considered on a rolling basis until each course has reached capacity. Our summer 2019 schedule will be available in October.
See the Course Application page for more details.
* Please note that enrollment for course G-40, Physical Bibliography for Book Conservators, is currently limited to participants in the RBS-Mellon Library and Archives Conservation Education (LACE) Consortium Program.Posted August 7, 2018 by RBS
During a time when “alternative facts” are regularly discussed and disputed in the mainstream media, archive-based evidence has become increasingly valued for its ability to document the histories and perspectives of diverse peoples, cultures, and movements. We invite you to join Rare Book School and UVA Libraries for “Archives, Memory & Identity,” a public, one-day symposium that will bring together archivists, librarians, curators, digital humanists, academics, artists, and activists working on a range of cross-disciplinary, culturally sensitive projects that challenge traditional models for creating and stewarding visual and textual artifacts.
Featuring panel discussions on access, storytelling, and community outreach, the symposium will include innovators working on a variety of projects—from established archives, including The HistoryMakers (recording African American oral histories since 1999), the South Asian American Digital Archive, and the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal—to new initiatives, such as the Digital Library of the Middle East and UVA’s Lhasa VR. The symposium will delve into artists’ books and film as forms of documenting social movements and social change with activist-artist María Verónica San Martín and filmmaker Brian Wimer (director of Charlottesville: Our Streets). Drawing on the work of archivists Aaisha Haykal and Johan Kugelberg, the symposium will also explore the significance of forging relationships with community members, to build living and lasting collections that represent significant countercultures.
The symposium is free and open to the general public, but space is limited. We ask those who plan to attend the symposium to register online by 3 September.
This event is jointly sponsored by Rare Book School, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and UVA Libraries. The symposium will be held in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.
See the event webpage for schedule details and to sign up.Posted August 2, 2018 by RBS
Rare Book School is sponsoring a two-day seminar, Exploring Ephemera, at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and the University of Delaware on Monday and Tuesday 10–11 September 2018, preceded by a group dinner on Sunday, 9 September.
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” sign up before 1 August to improve your chances of getting a seat.
See the event page for more details and to sign up.Posted July 5, 2018 by RBS
We were very saddened to learn of the death this morning of William S. Reese, longtime proprietor of the William Reese Company and a great friend to Rare Book School.
Bill co-taught two Rare Book School courses, both with George A. Miles: “Western Americana” in 1986 and 1987, and “American Historical Bibliography” in 1989, 1990, and 1993. He also delivered four Rare Book School evening lectures, including the 2000 Sol M. Malkin Lecture and the 600th RBS lecture, in 2016:
- “Some Americana Booksellers: Peter Decker, the Eberstadts, and Wright Howes” (11 July 1991, Lecture 318)
- “Collecting Herman Melville” (5 July 1993, Lecture 334)
- “Paul Mellon as a Collector of Americana and Virginiana” (24 July 2000, Lecture 443; the Sol. M. Malkin Lecture)
- “Starting Out: My Early Days as a Rare Book Dealer” (15 June 2016, Lecture 600)
Rare Book School was one of the original beneficiaries of the Reese Fellowships in the Print Culture of the Americas, established in 1998. Over the intervening years, this fellowship has enriched our School each summer with new talent. Bill’s steadfast financial support of RBS and many other institutions will long be remembered with gratitude.
“Bill was an important friend to many, quick to offer good counsel and marvelous stories,” said RBS Executive Director Michael Suarez. “With Bill in the room, laughter was always likely. He will be remembered not only for his intellectual brilliance, but also for his many kindnesses, and the radiance of his ever-generous personality.”
His many friends here at RBS send our deepest condolences to Bill’s family, friends, and colleagues.Posted June 4, 2018 by RBS
We are thrilled 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, 4 June: Bethany Nowviskie, Executive Director, Digital Library Federation (DLF) at CLIR; Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Virginia: Reconstitute the World: Machine-reading Archives of Mass Extinction
Monday, 11 June: Emile Schrijver, Professor of Jewish Book History; General Director & CEO Jewish Cultural Quarter and Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam: The Jewish Book Since the Invention of Printing – NEH-GBHI Lecture
Tuesday, 10 July: Amy V. Ogden, Associate Professor of French, University of Virginia: A Manuscript for Living and Dying Well
Monday, 23 July: Matthew H. Edney, Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, University of Southern Maine; Director, History of Cartography Project, University of Wisconsin–Madison: The Materiality of Maps
Wednesday, 25 July: Julie Nelson Davis, Professor, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania: Presenting the Yoshiwara in Monochrome and Full Color: The Annual Events of the ‘Azure Towers,’ Illustrated – NEH-GBHI Lecture
Monday, 30 July: Cathleen A. Baker, Conservation Librarian Emerita, University of Michigan: New Research into John Baskerville’s Virgil (1757): Its Wove Paper and Typographical Variants – The 2018 Sol. M. and Mary Ann O’Brian Malkin Lecture
Wednesday, 1 August: Brian Cassidy, Owner, Brian Cassidy Bookseller: TIGER TIGER: Notes Toward a Bibliography of Duplication
We are also extremely pleased to be able to offer a public lecture at our Philadelphia satellite session:
Tuesday, 12 June: Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services, University of Pennsylvania Libraries: Is This Your Book? What Digitization Does to Manuscripts and What We Can Do About It. This lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Class of 1978 Pavilion, 6th Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, University of Pennsylvania.
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 21, 2018 by RBS
Please note that course B-10, Introduction to the History of Bookbinding, offered 8–13 July at UVA, will be taught by Karen Limper-Herz, a new member of the RBS faculty. Karen is Lead Curator for Incunabula and Sixteenth Century Printed Books at the British Library. A student of Mirjam Foot and Jan Storm van Leeuwen, she has worked with and studied bookbindings from different countries and periods for nearly twenty years, and regularly publishes and speaks about bookbindings in the U.K. and abroad. She is the Honorary Secretary of the Bibliographical Society (U.K.) and regularly attends and speaks at the annual conferences organized by the Arbeitskreis für die Erfassung, Erschließung und Erhaltung historischer Bucheinbände (AEB) in Germany.Posted April 24, 2018 by RBS
We are pleased to announce the 2018–20 Junior Fellows in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography, as well as the 2018–19 cohort of RBS-UVA Fellows. Many congratulations to all the Fellows; we much look forward to seeing you at RBS soon!
- Jennifer Chuong – Ph.D. candidate, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University
- Sonia N. Das – Assistant Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, New York University
- Brenna Wynn Greer – Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, Department of History, Wellesley College
- Georgia Henley – Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of English; Center for Spatial & Textual Analysis, Stanford University
- Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa – Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Occidental College
- Kailani Polzak – C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History, Department of Art History & Studio Art, Williams College
- Ayesha Ramachandran – Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University
- Deborah Schlein – Ph.D. candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
- Joshua Teplitsky – Assistant Professor of History, Department of History, Stony Brook University
- Martin A. Tsang – Cuban Heritage Collection Librarian & Curator of Latin American Collections, University of Miami Libraries, University of Miami
The 2018–19 RBS-UVA Fellows are:
- Sophie Abramowitz – Ph.D. student, Department of English
- Neal Curtis – Ph.D. student, Department of English
- Erik Harrington – Ph.D. student, McIntire Department of Art
- Andrew Hill – Ph.D. student, Department of French
- Micaela Kowalski – Ph.D. student, Department of History
- Loreto Romero Martínez-Eiroa – Ph.D. student, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
- Madeline Zehnder – Ph.D. student, Department of English
Rare Book School, in partnership with UVA Special Collections, has received a grant from The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the UVA Alumni Association, to fund “Presswork: A Program for Hands-on Historical Printing & Research.” This two-year, public-facing project draws on a spectrum of technologies and experiential learning techniques to foster student- and faculty-led printing and research at the University of Virginia. The program will publicize and augment UVA’s prominence as a leading research center for the history of printing, while training undergraduate and graduate students in the art of historical letterpress and intaglio printing techniques that they will then demonstrate to a variety of audiences, including UVA undergraduate and graduate courses, K–12 students, UVA alumni, and members of the Charlottesville community.
Program components include:
- the RBS-UVA Presswork Fellowship Program, through which UVA undergraduate and graduate students will be provided with funding to attend a five-day Rare Book School course; participate in hands-on training sessions with senior printers; help lead printing demonstrations as teaching assistants; and share short reports about their experiences for publication on the UVA Special Collections blog and/or other outlets
- the production of a short documentary on UVA’s unique historical printing presses, highlighting the University’s status as the only institution in the world with both a facsimile eighteenth-century wooden common press and a facsimile eighteenth-century wooden rolling press that are used for hands-on educational and research purposes
- a permanent exhibition on the history of printing technologies, to be installed in the South Gallery of the Harrison Institute: the exhibition will include hands-on samples, free teaching aids, and keepsakes created using both eighteenth-century technologies and 3-D printing techniques
- a public roundtable conversation led by experts in the history of letterpress and intaglio printing, as well as free public open houses/printing demonstrations throughout the grant period
Watch this space for further announcements about Presswork programming!Posted April 17, 2018 by RBS
RBS Executive Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J., recently delivered a TEDxCharlottesville talk, “Glorious Bookishness: Learning Anew in the Material World.” Click the link to watch the video, or go directly to YouTube.Posted February 20, 2018 by RBS
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 first cohort of NEH-GBHI Scholarships, and the RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship. Congratulations!
Directors’ Scholarship Fund:
Ana María Guzmán Borrero
ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship: Reilly Cundiff
ASECS Scholarship: Eileen Horansky
Atlas Systems Scholarship: Soojeong Herring
Bibliographical Society of America Scholarship: Tara Lyons
William T. Buice III Scholarships:
Diane Dias De Fazio
E Mariah Spencer
Caxton Club Scholarship: Matthew Blackwell
James Davis Scholarship: Malcolm Noble
Veronica Ivette Mercado Oliveras
DeLisa Minor Harris
New SHARP Scholar Bursary: Jose Maria Andras Porras
RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowships: Rafael A. Linares Blasini & Chido MuchemwaPosted January 9, 2018 by RBS
Applications for spring and summer 2018 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS. Along with 25 courses in Charlottesville, RBS will also offer courses at the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington; the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Amherst College; Yale University; the University of Pennsylvania; and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
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 spring and summer courses by 19 February.
See the Course Application page for more details.Posted January 5, 2018 by RBS
Rare Book School is pleased to announce the promotion of Ruth-Ellen St. Onge to the position of Associate Curator of Collections and Special Assistant to the Associate Director.
Ruth-Ellen first joined the RBS staff in June of 2015. She was graduated from the University of Toronto with a Ph.D. in French and an MIS in information studies and library science; both her doctoral and master’s level studies were carried out in conjunction with Toronto’s collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture. During the past two-and-a-half years and in the role of RBS’s Assistant Curator of Collections, Ruth-Ellen has considerably developed the School’s teaching collections by working closely with RBS’s staff and international faculty. In 2016 and 2017, she spearheaded the development of the School’s new collections database, Silva, and led the search for RBS’s Florence Fearrington Rare Materials Cataloger—all part of a collections revitalization initiative that she undertook with RBS’s Associate Director and Curator of Collections, Barbara Heritage. “Ruth has been an invaluable member of our team from day one,” remarked Heritage. “The collections have thrived under her care, as have our collections staff members and colleagues. Her contributions to RBS have enriched the School’s community in so many ways. She’s a real bridge builder, and we are extremely fortunate to have her here at RBS and at UVA.” In her new role as Associate Curator, Ruth-Ellen is shaping and expanding RBS’s student-led exhibition program. In the spring of 2018, she will oversee and co-curate an exhibition on graphic novels and comic books with a team of four UVA students.
A native of Canada and an active leader in the international bibliographical community, Ruth-Ellen serves as the President of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, as a member of the Program Committee of the Bibliographical Society of America, and as a member-at-large of the executive council of the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture.Posted December 7, 2017 by RBS