April 9, 2019
The Bibliographical Society of America is pleased to announce the launch of its Community Grants pilot program. In 2019, the Society will disburse five (5) grants, in amounts of up to $200 each, to support gatherings that promote the BSA mission and values and that can introduce the BSA to new audiences. Read more for details.
March 22, 2019
The BSA Annual Meeting took place on January 25, 2019 at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City. Click to read a description of the events, and announcements of the Council Class of 2022, our Fellowship and Prize Winners.
November 20, 2018
The Nominating Committee presents the slate for approval at the Annual Meeting on January 25, 2019.
October 26, 2018
The Grolier Club Library and the Archives Working Group of the Bibliographical Society of America are pleased to announce the addition of the John Bidwell papers and The Ascensius Press production files to the BSA Archive, on deposit at the Grolier Club Library.
October 16, 2018
It is my great pleasure to write to you as the new Executive Director of the BSA.
I am honored to be at the helm with Council and Officers as we enter a new phase of growth in bibliographical community. Under the steadfast leadership of Presidents Martin Antonetti and now, Barbara Shailor, our organization has developed and is now implementing new statements of mission and values to guide us in our work to play a more visible role in the larger scholarly community.
October 15, 2018
At our Annual Meeting in January 2019 the Bibliographical Society of America will elect the Council Class of 2022. Three councilors will serve three-year terms (2019–2022).
BSA members are welcome to nominate their colleagues in the Society for seats on the Council. Read on for more information.
September 20, 2018
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Schreiner as the new Executive Director of our Society. After a year-long discussion, the Council decided at the annual meeting in January 2018 to recruit a full-time Executive Director. Council took this decision to better meet the diverse needs of its members and to more effectively promote the importance of bibliography in the 21st century. Because of the prudent management of our financial assets, and the strong leadership of the Council, it has been possible to create a full-time position.
March 12, 2018
The Annual Meeting of The Bibliographical Society of America will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019, in New York City.
Papers from New Scholars will precede the meeting at 2 pm.
The Meeting will commence at 4 pm and conclude with a presentation.
February 15, 2018
The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) seeks qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. This is a new, full-time position that will provide dynamic leadership to one of the country’s oldest and most important humanistic societies.
As BSA looks to revitalize itself and play a more visible role in the larger scholarly community, the Executive Director will bring creativity, imagination, and energy to this new strategic direction. The Executive Director will work closely with BSA leadership to expand and diversify membership, enhance programing, create a more robust communications profile, and forge new partnerships with other scholarly organizations and societies. In addition, the Executive Director will work with BSA leadership on major issues of planning, finance, fundraising and development, and the general business of the Society.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone with proven initiative, a demonstrated knowledge of the field, and a desire to further the mission and values of BSA. The successful candidate will bring to the position a combination of scholarly and administrative skills that will uniquely position her/him to fulfill the challenges of the job.
January 2, 2018
The Nominating Committee presents the following slate for approval at the Annual Meeting on January 26, 2018:
President: Barbara Shailor
Vice President: Michael T. Ryan
Secretary: Jennifer Lowe
Treasurer: G. Scott Clemons
Council Class 2021
Adam G. Hooks
Michael Suarez, SJ
Council Class 2020
Council Class 2019
December 18, 2017
At its annual meeting in January 2018, The Bibliographical Society of America will award the sixth triennial William L. Mitchell Prize for Bibliography or Documentary Work on Early British Periodicals or Newspapers to Dr. Paul Tankard for his edition Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell (Yale University Press, 2014).
October 26, 2017
At our Annual Meeting in January 2018 the Bibliographical Society of America will elect the officers of the Society and Council Class of 2021. The officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) will serve two-year terms (2018–2020), and four councilors will serve three-year terms (2018–2021).
Please suggest possible candidates before November 25 by contacting the chair of the Nominating Committee:
David Vander Meulen, Chair
Nominating Committee members: John Crichton, Claudia Funke
April 19, 2016
Call for Papers
Translation Theory and Practice during the Renaissance: A Medium, a Genre, a Risk
Sessions sponsored by the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium at the
Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in Chicago, 30 March-1 April 2017
February 17, 2016
Having read and discussed a very strong field of eight submissions, the Schiller Prize Committee unanimously agreed that Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song-Book: The First Collection of English Nursery Rhymes. A facsimile edition with a history and annotations by Andrea Immel and Brian Alderson (Cotsen Occasional Press, 2013) is its choice for the 2016 Justin G. Schiller Prize. The award was announced at BSA’s Annual Meeting on January 29, 2016.
February 3, 2016
The Grolier Club Library and the Bibliographical Society of America are pleased to announce the completion of the processing of the records of the Bibliographical Society of America. The archive consists of 67 boxes (84 linear feet) and includes correspondence, financial records, publication drafts and proofs, and copies of publications and monographs, among other materials generated by BSA between 1904 and 2015.
February 2, 2016
The winners of BSA’s fellowships for 2016 were announced at the Annual Meeting on January 29, 2016, in New York City. Awards were made to 12 scholars from four countries on a wide range of bibliographical topics.
December 21, 2015
The Nominating Committee presents the following slate for approval at the Annual Meeting on January 29, 2016:
President: Martin Antonetti
Vice President: Michael T. Ryan
Secretary: Barbara Heritage
Treasurer: G. Scott Clemons
Council Class 2019
Council Class 2018
Michael Suarez, S.J.
Council Class 2017
December 11, 2015
The Annual Meeting of the Bibliographical Society of America will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016, at 4:00 at the Cosmopolitan Club, 122 East 66 Street in New York City. (As usual the meeting will be preceded by Papers from New Scholars at 2:00.)
The Annual Address will be given by Michael F. Suarez, S.J.: Hard Cases: Confronting Bibliographical Difficulty in Eighteenth-Century Texts.
December 11, 2015
Immediately preceding the Annual Meeting on January 29, 2016 at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York we will present Papers from New Scholars, at 2:00. This year the speakers are
Hannah Marcus, Stanford University
License to Read: Licit Reading of Prohibited Books in Early Modern Italy
Laura Forsberg, Harvard University
Multum in Parvo: The Nineteenth-Century Miniature Book
Chris J. Young, University of Toronto
The Collation Game: Identifying the Bibliographic Variances Between The Last of Us and The Last of Us: Remastered
October 28, 2015
In January 2016 BSA will elect the officers of the Society and Council Class of 2019. The officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) will serve two-year terms (2016–2018), and four councillors will serve three-year terms (2016–2019). Please suggest possible candidates before November 25, 2015, by contacting the chair of the Nominating Committee:
Chair, BSA Nominating Committee
Nominating Committee Members:
Kathryn James, Alice Schreyer
October 23, 2015
The Pine Tree Foundation has generously agreed to underwrite a fellowship in Hispanic Bibliography that supports the bibliographical study of printed and manuscript items 1) in the Spanish language produced during any period and in any country; or 2) in any language provided they were produced in Spain, or in its overseas dominions during the time of Spanish sovereignty; or 3) the bibliographical study of book and manuscript collections in Spain, or in its overseas dominions during the time of Spanish sovereignty; or 4) the bibliographical study of Spanish-language book and manuscript collections during any period and in any country. The fellowship is for $3000; for more information see the fellowships page on our website.
October 8, 2015
A two-day symposium sponsored and organized by the Bibliographical Society of America
Friday November 6 and Saturday November 7, 2015
At the Grolier Club, 47 East 60 Street, New York
Scholars researching book history have focused increasingly on the history of collecting and chains of ownership known as provenance. Yet these studies rarely touch on recent owners: Where has the book been for the last century? This conference investigates why detailed and complete provenance is integral to contemporary collecting and to bibliographical scholarship, documenting and often authenticating each work as a historical object, establishing its significance and providing its social and political context. Tickets are $75 ($25 for students), advance reservations are required, and space is limited to 150 seats. To register contact Michele Randall, BSA Executive Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 8, 2015
The Society invites applications for its ninth annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades as well as its annual short-term fellowships, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence. Such topics may include establishing a text or studying the history of book production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading. Thanks to the generosity of donors, certain special fellowships support research in particular areas of study. Note that this year there are two new fellowships, one supporting bibliographical research in the Pforzheimer Library at the Harry Ransom Center, the other on culinary bibliography supported by the Pine Tree Foundation. For further information on all the fellowships and application guidelines see the Fellowships page on our website. The deadline for applying is December 1, 2015.
September 11, 2015
This interdisciplinary symposium at Amherst College on September 18-19, 2015, will investigate the role that books (codices, rolls, scrolls, and other related media), prints, and their associated technologies played in mediating and instantiating cultural difference in the early modern period. By framing the history of books and prints as meandering and material, this symposium aims to contribute new dialogues to the study of the global early modern.
For more information, including the full program and paper abstracts, please see the symposium website: http://booksandprint.sites.amherst.edu/
March 13, 2015
A symposium at Columbia University, April 9-10, 2015. From current historical work on material and visual cultures, to anthropological research on the social life of things and new approaches to seeing and reading in historical scholarship, the study of the physical evidence of culture has become a pressing issue. This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together conservators, curators, and scholars of art history, literary studies, book history and bibliography to reflect on the historical relation between materials, objects, and practices and different forms of visual and textual production in nineteenth-century America.
January 30, 2015
The Bibliographical Society of America awarded the fifth triennial William L. Mitchell Prize for Bibliography or Documentary Work on Early British Periodicals or Newspapers to Simon Macdonald, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University. His winning publication, “English-Language News-papers in Revolutionary France,” was published in The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 36, no. 1 (2013), 18–33.
January 18, 2015
Mind the Gap: Recent Provenance and Antiquarian Material, a conference on provenance, planned for November 2015 at The Grolier Club, New York City
In light of recent thefts and forgeries, provenance has served to verify authenticity and legal ownership. But how do common practices such as sophistication, restoration, and rebinding effectively banish significant evidence of past owners, institutional collections, and readers? This conference investigates why detailed and complete provenance is integral to contemporary collecting and to bibliographical scholarship, documenting each work as a historical object and providing its social and political context.
December 15, 2014
The Nominating Committee (John Hoover, chair; Stephen Ferguson; and Karen Nipps) proposes for election to the BSA Council Class of 2017:
Rare Books Librarian
Pius XII Memorial Library
Saint Louis University
This is the only position on the BSA Council that needs to be filled this year. The election will take place at the Annual Meeting in New York on Friday 23 January 2015.
December 9, 2014
The Bibliographical Society of America and the University of Chicago Press (UCP) have entered into an agreement whereby UCP will assume all responsibilities for the production, marketing, and distribution of our journal, the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, commencing with volume 109 (2015).
December 3, 2014
Congratulations to Roger E. Stoddard and David R. Whitesell, who have won the MLA Prize for a Bibliography, Archive, or Digital Project for their Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse Printed from 1610 through 1820, published by Penn State University Press for the Bibliographical Society of America.
November 24, 2014
The next Annual Meeting of the Bibliographical Society of America will take place on Friday, January 23 at 4:00 pm at the Cosmopolitan Club, 122 East 66th Street, New York.
September 29, 2014
BSA invites applications for its seventh annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades, as well as its annual short-term fellowships, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Applications for the 2015 program are due on 1 December 2014.
September 5, 2014
A new and important reference work, British Book Auction Catalogues 1801–1900: A Preliminary Version of Munby-Coral 2, is now available on our online bibliographical resources site, BIBSITE.
August 15, 2014
Each year the Bibliographical Society of America invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present 20-minute papers on their own current unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at BSA’s Annual Meeting, which takes place in New York City in late January.
May 14, 2014
Congratulations to the awardees of the 2014 fellowships!
April 24, 2014
The Bibliographical Society of America has awarded the 2014 St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize for outstanding scholarship in the bibliography of American history and literature to Joseph J. Felcone for his book Printing in New Jersey 1754-1800: A Descriptive Bibliography (American Antiquarian Society, 2012).
March 26, 2014
A Panel Discussion Jointly Sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America and the Society for Military History, held at the 2014 Society for Military History Annual Meeting
March 12, 2014
The Caxton Club & The Bibliographical Society of America in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin, Madison Libraries present “Bibliography, Collections & the History of Science.”
February 3, 2014
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin has plans to establish an endowment honoring William B. Todd (1919-2011). The endowment would support an annual research fellowship in bibliographical study at the Center.
Papers of the Bibliographical Society
February 3, 2014
Our distinguished journal, the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, continues under the leadership of new Editor David Gants, with the assistance of Meaghan J. Brown. Please see the revised schedule for publication of all issues in Volume 107 by year’s end.
February 3, 2014
Funded by the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, an institutional member of the Society, this prize is intended to encourage scholarship in the bibliography of American history and literature.
February 3, 2014
In January 2014 the BSA will elect the officers of the Society and Council Class of 2017. The officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) will serve two-year terms (2014–2016), and four councillors will serve three-year terms (2014–2017).