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Call for Nominations

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
dlv8g@virginia.edu

Nominating Committee members: John Crichton, Claudia Funke

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BSA Scholarships to “Bibliography Among the Disciplines” Conference

BSA has awarded ten scholarships for attendance at the Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference, October 12-15, 2017.

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CFP: posted on behalf of the Renaissance Society of America

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

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Andrea Immel and Brian Alderson Win the 2016 Schiller Prize

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.

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BSA Archive Established at the Grolier Club

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.

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2016 Fellowship Winners Announced

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.

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A message from the Nominating Committee

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
John Buchtel
Sonja Drimmer
Marcia Reed
Jackie Vossler

​Council Class 2018
Christina Geiger
Jennifer Lowe
Michael Suarez, S.J.
Michael Thompson​

Council Class 2017
​Nina Musinsky
George Ong
​Douglas Pfeiffer
​Heather Wolfe​

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Michael Suarez to address the 2016 Annual Meeting

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.

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Papers from New Scholars at the Annual Meeting

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

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Nominations

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:

Claudia Funke
Chair, BSA Nominating Committee
Email: claudiafunke@mac.com

Nominating Committee Members:
Kathryn James, Alice Schreyer

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Announcing: a new fellowship in Hispanic Bibliography

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.

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Mind the Gap: Recent Provenance of Antiquarian Materials

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 bsa@bibsocamer.org.

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Announcing the 2016 BSA Fellowship Program

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.

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Books and Print between Cultures, 1500-1900

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/

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Materialities of American Texts and Visual Cultures

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.

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2015 Mitchell Prize Announced

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.

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Call for papers: Mind the Gap

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.

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Announcement from the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee (John Hoover, chair; Stephen Ferguson; and Karen Nipps) proposes for election to the BSA Council Class of 2017:

Jennifer Lowe
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.

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PBSA to be published by the University of Chicago Press

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).

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Stoddard/Whitesell Bibliography wins prestigious MLA prize!

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.

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Save the date: the 2015 Annual Meeting

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.

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Announcing the 2015 BSA Fellowship Program

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.

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A important new reference work is now available on BIBSITE

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.

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Applications due July 31 for BSA’s 2015 New Scholars Program

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.

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The Society announces the 2014 BSA Research Fellows

Congratulations to the awardees of the 2014 fellowships!

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Joseph J. Felcone awarded 2014 St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize

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).

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Military Historians and Bibliographers

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

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Bibliography, Collections and the History of Science

The Caxton Club & The Bibliographical Society of America in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin, Madison Libraries present “Bibliography, Collections & the History of Science.”

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An Endowment Honoring William B. Todd

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.

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Papers of the Bibliographical Society

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.

The St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize in American Bibliography

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.

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The Bibliographical Society of America Nominations

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).

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Report from the 2014 BSA Nominating Committee

The committee is pleased to announce the following nominations for officers and council members.

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