RBS News

  • 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), […]

    Posted on 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,
    • […]

    Posted on 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. […]

    Posted on January 23, 2020 by RBS
  • 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! […]

    Posted on 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. […]

    Posted on 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; […]

    Posted on 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. […]

    Posted on 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, […]

    Posted on 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, […]

    Posted on 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; […]

    Posted on 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: […]

    Posted on 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). […]

    Posted on 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. […]

    Posted on 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, […]

    Posted on 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: […]

    Posted on 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! […]

    Posted on January 30, 2019 by RBS
  • Apply Now for Summer 2019 Courses

    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.

    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. […]

    Posted on January 7, 2019 by RBS
  • Three RBS Films Now on YouTube

    We are very pleased to announce that three Rare Book School films are now available via the RBS YouTube channel:

    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 on December 18, 2018 by RBS
  • RBS Announces Summer 2019 Course Schedule

    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. […]

    Posted on October 23, 2018 by RBS
  • Register Now for RBS Seminar at MIT (12–14 December)

    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. […]

    Posted on October 19, 2018 by RBS
  • RBS Scholarship & Fellowship Applications Now Available

    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). […]

    Posted on August 30, 2018 by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2018 & Winter 2019 Courses

    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. […]

    Posted on August 7, 2018 by RBS
  • Announcing “Archives, Memory & Identity: A Public Symposium”

    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, […]

    Posted on August 2, 2018 by RBS
  • Register Now for RBS Seminar at Winterthur & University of Delaware (9–11 September)

    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,  […]

    Posted on July 5, 2018 by RBS
  • RBS Mourns the Loss of William S. Reese

    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: […]

    Posted on June 4, 2018 by RBS
  • RBS Announces 2018 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). […]

    Posted on May 21, 2018 by RBS
  • Instructor Change for Course B-10

    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, […]

    Posted on April 24, 2018 by RBS
  • RBS Announces 2018–20 RBS-Mellon SoFCB Junior Fellows & 2018–19 RBS-UVA Fellows

    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!

    The 2018–20 RBS-Mellon SoFCB Junior Fellows are: […]

    Posted on April 17, 2018 by RBS
  • RBS Receives Jefferson Trust Grant for “Presswork” Project

    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, […]

    Posted on April 17, 2018 by RBS
  • Watch Michael Suarez’s TEDxCharlottesville Talk, “Glorious Bookishness”

    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 on February 20, 2018 by RBS