RBS News

  • Ruth-Ellen St. Onge Promoted to Associate Curator of Collections

    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
  • RBS Announces Spring and Summer 2018 Course Schedule

    The spring and summer 2018 Rare Book School course schedule is available! 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.

    New courses for 2018 include:

    Alice Carver-Kubik joins the RBS faculty as the instructor for course I-35, The Identification of Photography Print Processes. Also beginning in 2018, Ryan Greenwood will be assisting Mike Widener with course C-85, Law Books: History & Connoisseurship, and Lynne Farrington will be assisting Peter Stallybrass with course H-105, The Bible and Histories of Reading. Course M-85, Introduction to Islamic Manuscripts, taught by Marianna Shreve Simpson, returns to the schedule and will be taught in 2018 at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

    Applications for spring and summer 2018 courses will be accepted beginning in early January.

    See the full schedule.

    Posted November 2, 2017 by RBS
  • Register Now for RBS Seminar at MIT (11–12 December)

    Rare Book School is sponsoring a two-day seminar, “Digital Sustainability for Cultural Collections” at the MIT Libraries in Cambridge, MA on Monday and Tuesday, 11–12 December 2017. 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 will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage “early bird” signup before 8 November, to improve your chances of getting a seat.

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

    Posted October 24, 2017 by RBS
  • RBS Scholarship & Fellowship Applications Now Available

    We are now accepting applications for the 2017 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 BibliographyAmong the many scholarship opportunities available, RBS is delighted to announce that we will award up to 24 NEH-GBHI Scholarships this year. 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 is Wednesday, 1 November 2017 at 5 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 September 1, 2017 by RBS
  • RBS Mourns the Loss of David Ferris

    ferris_july_1989This weekend we received the sad news that former Rare Book School staff and faculty member David Ferris died at his home in Cambridge, MA on 18 August. David was involved with Rare Book School beginning in 1986, serving as joint assistant director in 1990 and 1991 and as Associate Director from 1993 through 1996. He co-taught “Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography” with Terry Belanger during seven RBS summers. David served as Curator of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts at the Harvard Law School Library from 1991 until 2011.

    Our sincere condolences to David’s family and colleagues.

    We can think of no greater tribute to David than to reprise here Terry Belanger’s Dedication of the 1993 Rare Book School Yearbook:

    I first met David Ferris in the fall of 1984, when he came down from Boston (where he had been working in a non-professional position in the Harvard Law Library) to talk to me about the master’s program in rare books I was then directing at the Columbia University School of Library Service. He enrolled in the program in the fall of 1985, completed his coursework the following spring, and shortly thereafter joined the staff of Rare Book School—on which he has served ever since. (He also returned to the Harvard Law Library, where he is now Curator of Rare Books.) In RBS 1990 and 1991 he and Carol Reid Briggs became joint Assistant Directors of RBS. There was no RBS 1992 (thank goodness); in 1993, with the Book Arts Press’s move from Columbia University to the University of Virginia, David Ferris became RBS’s sole Associate Director.

    ferris_collating_1991At UVA we confronted new spaces—classroom, library, social, dormitory, hotel—in a new environment—transportation, suppliers, restaurants, field trips. Except for Ferris and for James Davis, the entire 1993 RBS staff was new; none of its other members had ever even attended RBS before, let alone helped run one. We managed, in part because one does manage, and in part because of extraordinary cooperation from the University of Virginia Libraries. But mostly we managed because David Ferris was Associate Director of RBS; if RBS 1993 was a logistical success (read on), it was so because of him.

    During the occasional eyes of the RBS 1993 hurricane, he sometimes murmured, “I am a saint. I am a @#$%()@! saint.” Every RBS needs one (especially any RBS run by me). His day typically ran from 11 to 11 on Sundays, and from 7 a.m. until between 11 p.m. and midnight, Mondays through Fridays. Saturday is the RBS staff’s day off; on Saturdays, he generally worked only a half day (i.e. eight hours).

    What does the Associate Director do? He gets to the Book Arts Press an hour before breakfast begins, and makes sure that no fuses have blown again this morning (memo: rewire the Pressroom before RBS 1994). He assembles today’s shopping list (“16 clipboards and 20 large window fans, please”). He checks with faculty members about their course needs (it’s 134 pages and you want it spiral bound? would morning break be soon enough?”) and discusses the day’s duties with the RBS operations managers (“the field trip today is to Baltimore, three-and-a-half hours north of us; you can’t miss it”). He undertakes various ambassadorial missions to Alderman Library (“can we borrow a globe? some chairs? the staff lounge? the third floor? the third floor and the first floor?”). He says hello to the commissars (“well, yes, it was going to be 16 for dinner after the lecture tonight, but it’s got larger … well, 28, I think, so far …”). He schmoozes with students. He touches base with me (“Let me make sure I’ve got this right: you want us to take the schooldesk chairs out of 301 and put them into the Studio and take the tables out of the Studio and put them into the BAP classroom and take the wooden chairs out of the BAP classroom and put them somewhere else and take the stuffed chairs out of 201 and put them into 301 and …”). In the interstices, he works on the format and collation of 24 sets of books for the RBS Week 4 Descriptive Bibliography course, which he will be co-teaching (“do you have any more octavos in 8’s and 4’s? we’re short five examples”). He takes naps, but not very many of them.

    And, if I am lucky, he returns to RBS next year.

    Additional photographs of David Ferris at RBS, both from the summer of 1993. Click for larger version.

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    Posted August 30, 2017 by RBS
  • Message from the Executive Director concerning the events of 12 and 13 August 2017

    Dear Friends and Members of the Rare Book School Community,

    We are most grateful for the thoughtful messages of concern and support that many have sent. I am happy to be able to assure you that all of our RBS staff and their families are safe.

    Nonetheless, we are disgusted and saddened that such hatred and violence should come to our University and to Charlottesville. We mourn the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer and Virginia State Troopers Berke Bates and Jay Cullen, and we condole with their families in their sudden and terrible loss. We thank those in the Charlottesville community who bravely protected the safety of local citizens, including some members of our staff, and who cared for those who were injured.

    While we roundly condemn the actions of those promoting racism and viciousness, we do not believe that condemnation is enough.

    Accordingly, be assured of our ongoing and redoubled resolve that Rare Book School will continue actively to promote diversity—and to create inclusive community here at RBS, on Grounds at UVA and at our partner institutions, and, to the best of our ability, in the larger world.

    Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in the belief that the primary purpose of education is to equip individuals for responsible citizenship. The events of this past weekend starkly emphasize the terrible consequences of the failure to apprehend the truths of history that broaden human perspectives and deepen humane sympathies.

    Rare Book School will continue to be steadfast in our mission to strengthen our students’ expertise and foster their commitment to understanding, caring for, and communicating the great legacy that has been given to us—and that we must, in turn, pass on to the succeeding generations. We firmly believe that the richness and diversity of our collective human heritage can help make our communities large-hearted and well-equipped to live wisely now, and help shape a more hopeful and virtuous future in the days to come.




    Michael F. Suarez, S.J.
    Executive Director

    Posted August 15, 2017 by RBS
  • Rachael Dealy Salisbury Appointed Director of Development

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rachael Dealy Salisbury as Rare Book School’s Director of Development. Rachael first joined our development staff in 2013; her role quickly grew to encompass prospect development, special projects, and analytics. She gained further experience on the development team at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello, before returning to RBS in 2016 as Assistant Director of Development.

    Before joining the RBS staff, Rachael secured grants and individual gifts to support the establishment of a botanical teaching garden at UVA (her alma mater), and held various positions at cultural institutions in New York City and Charlottesville, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hispanic Society of America, and the Fralin Museum of Art. She received an M.A. in material culture from the Bard Graduate Center, where she was a Windgate Fellow.

    “I am thrilled to step into a new role at RBS,” said Rachael, “and to build upon the foundation of philanthropy that was laid by our first-ever development director, Megan Gildea. It is a pleasure to work at an organization where each and every member of its staff is wholly committed to its mission, and the fact that my colleagues at RBS are also incredibly caring and intelligent invigorates the important work that we are doing to safeguard the humanities.”

    Posted August 9, 2017 by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for Winter 2018 Courses

    Applications are now being accepted via myRBS for two Rare Book School courses offered this winter in New York City (7–12 January 2018 at the Grolier Club):

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

    Course applications 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) by 8 September. See the Course Schedule page for a full listing of 2017 courses or the Course Application page for more details. Email rbsprograms@virginia.edu for information about course availability.

    Applications are also being considered on a rolling basis for the following fall courses:

    In Charlottesville, VA (22–27 October):

    In New York City (29 October–3 November):

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

    Please note that we have postponed our planned fall session of The Book of Hours, 1250–1550. We will be rescheduling this course for a later date.

    Posted July 18, 2017 by RBS
  • RBS Receives Grant to Support Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography

    Rare Book School has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. Building on the success of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, this new scholarly organization will identify and investigate matters of new, compelling cross-disciplinary interest in the areas of bibliography and book history. The Society will especially direct its energies toward addressing the interpretation of original textual artifacts in concert with emerging techniques and technologies for the analysis and transmission of texts.

    Current RBS-Mellon Fellows will be invited to join the Society as Senior Fellows, who will be responsible for the governance of the Society, for the planning of the annual meeting and additional Society-sponsored programming, and for the recruitment and selection of new members. Each year, ten Junior Fellows will be selected to join the Society through an open application process: they will receive funding to attend an orientation as part of the Society’s annual meeting, to take two Rare Book School courses, and to host a public symposium at their home institution. Junior Fellows will also be invited to attend a bibliographical field school. After two years of membership in the Society, Junior Fellows in good standing will become Senior Fellows.

    Early-career scholars and researchers from all fields are eligible to apply for membership in the Society of Fellows. Applications are especially encouraged from individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, individuals from under-resourced institutions, and individuals working on topics currently underrepresented in the fields of book history and bibliography. Applications will be available in early September and due on 1 November. To receive notification when applications have opened, please join the RBS mailing list.

    Rare Book School would like to thank the members of the Society of Fellows planning committee for their essential contributions to the development of this project: Megan Cook (Assistant Professor of English, Colby College); Ryan Cordell (Assistant Professor of English, Northeastern University); Meghan Doherty (Director and Curator of the Doris Ullmann Galleries and Assistant Professor of Art History, Berea College); Stephanie Frampton (Associate Professor of Literature, MIT); Damian Fleming (Associate Professor, Department of English and Linguistics, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne); Simon Grote (Assistant Professor of History, Wellesley College); Sonia Hazard (Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Franklin & Marshall College); Joseph Howley (Associate Professor of Classics, Columbia University); Aaron Hyman (Assistant Professor of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University); Dahlia Porter (Lecturer in English Literature and Material Culture, Glasgow University); Aaron Pratt (Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin); and Juliet Sperling (Doctoral Candidate in the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania).

    Read the full press release.

    Posted July 10, 2017 by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 Courses

    Applications are now being accepted via myRBS for five Rare Book School courses offered this fall in Charlottesville, VA and New York City.

    In Charlottesville, VA (22–27 October):

    In New York City (29 October–3 November):

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

    Course applications 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) by 18 July. Applications for summer RBS courses are still being considered on a rolling basis; email rbsprograms@virginia.edu for information about course availability. See the Course Schedule page for a full listing of 2017 courses.

    See the Course Application page for more details.

    Posted June 20, 2017 by RBS
  • RBS Announces 2017 Summer Lecture Schedule

    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, 5 June: Deborah McGrady, Associate Professor of French, University of Virginia: Hunting for Textual Bodies: Rethinking the Relationship between the Poetic Voice and Manuscript Matter

    Monday, 12 June: Timothy D. Barrett, Professor, School of Library and Information Science and the Center for the Book, University of IowaListening to Fifteenth-Century Paper

    Monday, 10 July: Glen Miranker, Book Collector: When is a Book More Than a Book?

    Wednesday, 12 July: Philip G. Maddock, Book Collector: Rescuing the Irish Parliamentary JournalsThe 2017 Sol. M. and Mary Ann O’Brian Malkin Lecture

    Monday, 24 July: Meredith L. McGill, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University: Form, Format, Genre, Medium: Poetry and Print in the Nineteenth-Century U.S.

    Monday, 31 July: Christine Ferdinand, Emeritus Fellow Librarian, Magdalen College, Oxford: James Rivington: Transatlantic Bookseller, Entrepreneur, and Bankrupt

    We are also extremely pleased to be able to offer public lectures at each of our summer satellite sessions:

    In New Haven on Monday, 12 June: Kathryn James, Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts & the Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University: Shakespeare’s Ghost: Matter and Meaning in the Imagined Object. This lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the Beinecke Library Mezzanine, Yale University.

    In Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, 19 July: Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Executive Director, Rare Book School: The Business of Abridgments in Eighteenth-Century Britain and America. This lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the West Dining Room (LM-621) of the James Madison Building at the Library of Congress.

    In Philadelphia on Tuesday, 25 July: Laurie Allen, Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania Libraries: Gatherings of Pages: Saving Federal Scientific Data. 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 26, 2017 by RBS
  • Announcing the 2017–18 RBS-UVA Fellows

    We are pleased to announce the 2017–18 cohort of RBS-UVA Fellows:

    • Ashley Boulden – Ph.D. student, McIntire Department of Art
    • Nouha Gammar – Ph.D. student, Department of French
    • Andrew Hill – Ph.D. student, Department of French
    • Samuel Lemley – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Julianne McCobin – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Anne Marie Thompson – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Natalie Thompson – Ph.D. student, Department of English

    Each of the fellows will attend an RBS course this summer, and will submit a final fellowship project by 16 April 2018.

    See the RBS-UVA Fellowship page for more information about the fellowship program.

    Posted April 6, 2017 by RBS
  • RBS Mourns the Loss of Christopher Clarkson

    christopher-clarksonThis morning we received the very sad news that longtime Rare Book School faculty member Christopher Clarkson died last night in Oxford. A renowned consultant on the care of medieval manuscripts and bindings, Clarkson held conservation positions at the Library of Congress, the Walters Art Museum, and the Bodleian Library, and until recently was engaged in independent practice in Oxford. He was awarded the Royal Warrant Holders Association’s 2004 Plowden Medal in recognition of significant contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts London in 2012.

    Christopher Clarkson taught or co-taught Rare Book School courses on medieval and Renaissance bookbinding structures 19 times, beginning in 1983 at Columbia and most recently in 2013 at Yale’s Beinecke Library. He delivered the 25 July 1983 RBS evening lecture, “Late Medieval European Bindings.”

    “Christopher Clarkson has for many years been internationally recognized as one of the most gifted and knowledgeable practitioners in the field,” said RBS Executive Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “His students at Rare Book School benefited not only from his vast experience, but also from his generosity of spirit. He will be much missed.”

    Founding director Terry Belanger added “Chris Clarkson’s knowledge of the structure of medieval bookbindings—and the materials from which they were made—was unparalleled. An entire generation of conservators and binding historians profited enormously by attending his RBS course, which was firmly in the ‘must take’ category. A sad loss.”

    All of us at RBS send our sincere condolences to the Clarkson family.


    Additional photographs of Christopher Clarkson teaching at RBS, in 1984 and 2013. Click for larger version.

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    Posted March 31, 2017 by RBS
  • Spaces Still Available in Summer 2017 Courses

    It’s not too late to apply for a Rare Book School course this summer! Applications for all courses are being considered on a rolling basis until each has reached enrollment capacity. The following RBS courses still have space(s) available, as of 30 March:

    4–9 June in Charlottesville
    Advanced Descriptive Bibliography
    Advanced Seminar in Critical Bibliography
    The Printed Book in the West to 1800
    The History of Printed Book Illustration in the West
    Special Collections Leadership Seminar

    11–16 June in Charlottesville
    Printed Books to 1800: Description & Analysis
    Scholarly Editing: Principles & Practice

    11–16 June in New Haven
    The Books of the Plays: Shakespeare & Print
    Integrating Born-Digital Materials: Archival Standards & Approaches
    Advanced Seminar in Medieval Manuscript Studies

    9–14 July in Charlottesville
    American Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1800–1900
    Analytical Bibliography

    16–21 July in Washington, DC
    The History & Construction of the Mesoamerican Codex, 600–1550

    23–28 July in Charlottesville
    Seminar in Western Codicology
    The History of 19th- & 20th Typography & Printing

    30 July–4 August in Charlottesville
    Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographical Description
    Advanced Seminar in Critical Bibliography
    The Photographic Book since 1844
    Born-Digital Materials in Special Collections

    Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process. See the Course Application page for more details, or email rbsprograms@virginia.edu for information about course availability.

    Posted March 30, 2017 by RBS
  • RBS Mourns the Loss of Michael L. Turner

    We were saddened to hear of the death last week of Michael L. Turner, longtime Rare Book School friend and faculty member. Michael held various positions at the Bodleian Library throughout his long career at that institution, retiring as Head of Preservation Services. He was also Lecturer in the History of Printing at the University of Oxford, and served as the editor of Publishing History, a co-editor of The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 5 (1695–1830), as an associate editor for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and as president of the Oxford Bibliographical Society.


    Michael L. Turner at RBS in 2007

    Turner delivered the very first Book Arts Press lecture, “Collecting Printed Ephemera,” on 16 November 1972, in his capacity as curator of the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera at the Bodleian. He gave seven additional BAP/RBS lectures:

    • “The Bodleian Library, Oxford” (12 February 1974, Lecture 9)
    • “A View of the Bodleian” (23 April 1975, Lecture 23)
    • “The Bodleian Library Reviewed” (18 November 1976, Lecture 28)
    • “A View of the Bodleian Library” (19 June 1980, Lecture 64)
    • “Developing a Preservation Program for the Bodleian Library” (27 September 1982, Lecture 98)
    • “The Sociology of the Book Trade: The Stationers’ Company in the Early 19th Century” (19 June 1986, Lecture 211)
    • Ten Years of Conservation in the Bodleian” (19 April 1988, Lecture 256)

    Turner co-taught a Rare Book School course on the nineteenth-century book with Michael Winship from 1983 to 1985, and a course on publishing history in 1989, 1991, 1994, and 1999. He later co-taught “The Stationers’ Company and the London Book Trade to 1830” with Ian Gadd in 2006 and 2007.

    “Michael was one of the earliest and strongest supporters of the rare book program at Columbia’s School of Library Service and of Rare Book School,” said RBS founding director Terry Belanger. “His good offices in arranging for the Bodleian Library’s gift to RBS in 1989 of books from the San Garde collection enormously augmented the teaching resources of the school. He was a gifted teacher, and a wonderful friend.”

    “Michael and I worked closely together as editors on Volume 5 of the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain,” said RBS Executive Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “I had known him earlier because he taught classes at Oxford on nineteenth-century book history, and he and Don McKenzie taught a group of us how to print in my first year of graduate school. As you might imagine, it could have been awkward working with one’s former teacher as a co-editor, but Michael Turner was invariably gracious and kind.”


    Additional photographs of Michael Turner at BAP/RBS events (from left: June 1980, July 1984, April 1989). Click for larger version.




    Posted March 21, 2017 by RBS
  • Two Courses Added to Summer 2017 Schedule

    We are very pleased to announce two additional RBS summer courses, to be offered 16–21 July at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC:

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

    Course applications are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions for spring and summer 2017 courses, submit your application(s) by 20 February. See the Course Schedule page for a full listing of 2017 courses.

    See the Course Application page for more details.

    Posted February 15, 2017 by RBS
  • RBS-UVA Fellowship Applications Open

    Applications for the 2017–18 RBS-UVA Fellowships are now being accepted. Rare Book School invites students at the University of Virginia to apply for a fellowship designed to enhance research employing special collections, including written, printed, and digital materials. Please note that you will need to complete a standard RBS course application via our applications page (submission by 20 February is encouraged as courses fill quickly).

    Significant dates for the fellowship application process:

    8 February 2017: Information Reception (11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    9 February 2017: Information Reception (4–6 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    23 February 2017: Project Proposal Workshop (4:30–6 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    13 March 2017: Application Deadline (5 p.m.)

    Accepted applicants will attend a week-long course at RBS in 2017, and will submit a final project to RBS by 16 April 2018.

    See the RBS-UVA Fellowships page for eligibility requirements and application information, and for links to biographies and projects of previous RBS-UVA Fellows.

    Posted February 2, 2017 by RBS
  • Apply Now for Spring and Summer 2017 Courses

    Applications for spring and summer 2017 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS.

    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 spring and summer courses by 20 February.

    See the Course Application page for more details.

    Posted January 4, 2017 by RBS
  • RBS Scholarship Awards 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 RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship. Congratulations!

    Directors’ Scholarship Fund:

    André Araújo
    Eve Bourbeau-Allard
    Danielle Canter
    Jennifer Chavez
    Nicholas Cotoulas
    Rachel Dugan
    Rachel Furnari
    April James
    Lucy Kelsall
    Julia King
    Diana La Femina

    Rafael Linares Blasini
    Pablo Martínez
    Rebekah McFarland
    Philippe Mongeau
    Justine Provino
    Emma Sarconi
    Christian Scipioni
    Rachel Singel
    Denisse Solis
    E. Mariah Spencer

    RBS-RBMS Diversity Fellowship: Kaydian Campbell & Angelibel Soto

    ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship: Lori Grisham

    ASECS Scholarship: María Verónica Muñoz-Nájar Luque

    Atlas Systems Scholarship: Mark Armstrong

    Bibliographical Society of America Scholarship: Meghan Kern

    BSUVA Scholarships:

    Rebecca Benson
    Julia Dauer
    Alison Fraser
    Anna Kathryn Grau
    Alina Martimyanova

    James Payne
    Megan Piorko
    Mhairi Rutherford
    Ray Schrire
    Maria Shmygol

    Caxton Club Scholarship: Lindsey O’Brien

    James Davis Scholarship: Juan-Pablo Gonzalez

    New SHARP Scholar Bursary: Vaibhav Singh

    William T. Buice III Scholarships:

    Amalia Castañeda
    Patrick Crowley
    Rachel Duke
    Courtney Floyd
    Amy Gore
    Rebecca Hill
    Alexsandra Mitchell

    Julian Neuhauser
    Andrea Peacock
    Emerson Richards
    Jessica Ryan
    Cara Schlesinger
    Carlin Soos

    Posted January 3, 2017 by RBS
  • RBS Receives $100,000 Matching Grant from NEH

    Rare Book School has received a $100,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through their Humanities Access Grant program.

    These matching funds will support thirty-six scholarships, to cover full tuition to a Rare Book School course as well as travel and housing costs. These scholarships will be awarded to librarians, humanities scholars, students, conservators, and other professionals working with humanities-based heritage collections; eligible applicants will either identify with underrepresented racial or ethnic communities, or will work primarily with collections that document minority, immigrant, and non-western cultural traditions. Applications for the first group of scholarships will be available in September 2017.

    Programming funded by this 1:1 matching grant is designed to build on Rare Book School’s ongoing Global Book Histories Initiative, which seeks to expand and strengthen RBS’s course offerings in non-western book history and bibliography over the next several years.

    In addition to the scholarship program, matching funds will be used to subsidize six public lectures relating to global book cultures, to be offered between 2018 and 2021. These lectures will be delivered by leading specialists from around the world, and RBS will share audio and video of each lecture via our YouTube and podcast channels.

    “We are delighted that the NEH has given us the opportunity to pursue these matching funds,” said Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “These monies will help us provide ongoing access to RBS courses for students from groups underrepresented in the cultural heritage professions. We look forward to securing the funds necessary to prove ourselves worthy of the NEH’s trust, so that we can help shape the future of special collections in salutary ways.”

    Per NEH’s timeline for the Humanities Access Grant program, Rare Book School will raise the $100,000 in matching funds before May 2018, with grant-funded programming offered between June 2018 and September 2021.

    If you are interested in supporting Rare Book School by donating funds toward this programming, to be matched 1:1 by the NEH, please contact Development Director Megan Gildea (megan.gildea@virginia.edu; 434-243-1010).

    See the full NEH announcement.

    Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

    Posted December 14, 2016 by RBS