BOOKS AT VIRGINIA
RARE BOOK SCHOOL 1995
Books at Virginia: Rare Book School (RBS) offers a collection of five-day, non-credit
courses on topics concerning rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.
- Greer Allen has designed publications for the
Beinecke Library, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Houghton Library, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Newberry Library, Stanford University, the University of
Chicago, and many other libraries and museums. He was formerly Yale University Printer.
- Sue Allen is recognized as the foremost authority
on 19th-century American book covers. Her detailed research, lectures, writings, and
exhibitions guide librarians and conservators to the selective preservation of English and
American bookbindings of the 19th century.
- Martin Antonetti is Librarian of the Grolier
Club in New York City, before which he was head of Special Collections at Mills College,
where he regularly taught courses in the history of books and printing. Between 1984 and
1989, he was Associate Director of Rare Book School.
- Wm P. Barlow, Jr is a partner in the Oakland,
CA, accounting firm of Barlow & Hughan. He has advised many individuals and institutions
on bibliographical tax matters both in a professional capacity and as an officer of a number
of Bay area library friends' groups. A well-known book collector, he is the president of the
Bibliographical Society of America.
- Timothy Barrett is an Associate Research
Scientist at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. His publications include the standard
Japanese Papermaking: Traditions, Tools and Techniques (1983) and other books
and articles on the history of both oriental and western papermaking.
- Terry Belanger founded RBS in 1983 at
Columbia University. Since 1992, he has been University Professor and Honorary Curator of
Special Collections at the University of Virginia.
- John Bidwell is Librarian of the William
Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. He has published widely on the history of
- Peter Blayney is the author of The First
Folio of Shakespeare (1991), The Bookshops in Paul's Cross Churchyard
(1990), The Texts of King Lear and Their Origins: Nicolas Okes and the First
Quarto (1982), and other studies dealing with the early English book trade.
- Christopher Clarkson directs the Book and
Manuscript Conservation Workshops and their related internship program at West Dean
College, Sussex. Formerly Conservation Officer at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, he also
helped develop rare book conservation at the Library of Congress. He has taught this course
in Rare Book School since 1984.
- Morris L. Cohen was Professor of Law and
head of the law libraries successively at Harvard and Yale, before his retirement as librarian
in 1993. He is a well-known legal bibliographer.
- Albert Derolez is a professor at the Free
Universities of Brussels. He retired last year as Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at
the Library of the State University of Ghent. A specialist in medieval and Renaissance
manuscripts, he is the author of Codicologie des manuscrits en écriture
humanistique sur parchemin (1984) and other books.
- Jackie Dooley recently accepted the position of
Head of Special Collections at the University of California, Irvine, before which she was
head of Collections Cataloging at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities.
She is the past chair of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the Association of College
and Research Libraries (ACRL).
- Hendrik Edelman, author of The Dutch
Language Press in America (1986), is Professor of Library and Information Studies at
the Rutgers University School of Communication, Information and Library Studies. He has
advised many libraries on collection development matters.
- Lucious Edwards, Jr is Archivist, Johnston
Memorial Library, and Adjunct Professor of History at Virginia State University. He lectures
frequently on the use of African-American primary research sources in the teaching of U.S.
- David Ferris is Curator of Rare Books at the
Harvard University Law School Library, where one of his interests is the descriptive
bibliography of early printed books. Connected with RBS since 1986, he has been its
Associate Director since 1990.
- Mirjam Foot is Director of Collections and
Preservation in the British Library. She is the author of many books and articles on the
history of bookbinding, including Studies in the History of Bookbinding (1993)
and (with Howard Nixon) The History of Decorated Bookbinding in England
- Eric Holzenberg is cataloguer at the Grolier Club
in New York City. He is the chair of the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare
Books & Manuscripts Section of the ACRL.
- D. W. Krummel is Professor of Library Science
and Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana. His full-length studies include
Bibliographies, Their Aims and Methods (1984), The Literature of Music
Bibliography (1992), and the Norton/Grove handbook, Music Printing and
- Richard Landon is Director of the Thomas Fisher
Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. He has taught courses on various aspects of
the history of the book and rare book librarianship at Toronto and at Columbia University,
and he has published and lectured widely in these and other fields.
- James Mosley is Librarian of the St Bride
Printing Library in London, the largest library of its kind in the English-speaking world. He
is a welcome lecturer in the United States on typographical subjects. He was the founding
editor of the Journal of the Printing Historical Society.
- John Parker recently retired as Professor and
Curator of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities. He has
written extensively on the history of exploration and discovery, and on rare book
- Nicholas Pickwoad became Conservator at the
Harvard University Library in 1992. He was formerly Adviser for Book Conservation to the
National Trust in the United Kingdom. These will be the 14th and 15th times he has taught
this celebrated course in RBS.
- Michael Plunkett is Director of Special
Collections at the University of Virginia Library. He is the author of Afro-American
Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts (1990) and an
of the same title published last year.
- David Seaman is the founding director of the
Electronic Text Center
and on-line archive at the University of Virginia. He lectures and writes frequently on the
creation and use of electronic texts in the humanities.
- Daniel Traister is Curator of Research Services
in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Pennsylvania. A past chair of
the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of ACRL, he has published important articles dealing
with aspects of rare book librarianship.
- Michael Twyman is head of the Department of
Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. He is the author of
Lithography 1800-1850 (1970), Early Lithographed Books (1990),
and other works on the history of lithography and printing.
- Jeanne Veyrin-Forrer is the retired Curator of
Rare Books at the Bibliothèque Nationale. A collection of some of her writings,
La lettre et le texte: trente années de recherches sur l'histoire du livre,
was published in 1987.
- David Warrington, Librarian for Special
Collections at the Harvard Law School since 1986, has worked at the Lilly Library and in
the antiquarian book trade.
- Michael Winship is Associate Professor of
English at the University of Texas at Austin. He edited the final three volumes of the
recently-completed nine-volume Bibliography of American Literature. He is a
frequent lecturer on subjects dealing with American bibliography and book history.
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