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Events of the Past Two Years


Toward Inclusive Bibliography

June 3, 2019. London (Maggs Bros., Ltd.)

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Bibliography implies community. It focuses on understanding the creation and circulation of texts as physical objects; and implicitly recognizes that behind each surviving object, no matter how small, there are communities at work: booksellers and collectors, volunteers saving a local organizers’ flyers in their closets, the curatorial staff at a museum. Yet at the same time, bibliographical teaching and scholarship have historically focused on a narrow range of materials and creators, even while broadening in chronological range and subject matter. Having centered a canon defined by Western European values, the discipline has built a body of knowledge in which large gaps remain to be filled, especially regarding groups kept outside of centers of political and institutional power on the basis of their race, ability, class-background, gender identity or sexual orientation, or any combination of these factors.

This panel aims to highlight the work of people filling those gaps, with the explicit intention of demonstrating how bibliographical scholarship and practices can be channeled toward a more realistic understanding of historic and contemporary relationships between people and texts. Our conversation looks to expand bibliographies and the communities they connect by broadening our view of who does bibliography, and how.

Panelists Eyob Derillo (British Library), Hudda Khaireh (Thick/er Black Lines artist collective/OOMK) and Brooke Palmieri (Camp Books),  offer perspectives from traditional sites of bibliographical practice – the bookshop, the library, and the academy – as well as from marginalized or minority groups working as “bibliographers” on their own and for themselves. This panel aims to fill gaps not only to by enumerating and analyzing more material, but also by including and recognizing new voices and perspectives in the conversation. Fuchsia Voremberg (Maggs) will moderate.

Please click here for more information about the panelists, including biographical statements and abstracts of their presentations.

The Roads Taken, Or, The Obstacle Course

April 25-26, 2019. Princeton, NJ.

The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence’s 2019 Anniversary Symposium takes inspiration from its session organized by Barbara A. Shailor, showcasing case-studies at Yale University, on “The Peregrinations of Manuscripts:  Origin, Provenance, or Both”.  Our program and curated displays demonstrate myriad challenges and opportunities for assessing the origins, travels, and arrivals of manuscripts, documents, and rare books. The focus centers upon selected medieval and early modern materials, both Western and non-Western. We include reports of discoveries, work-in-progress, cumulative research, and collaborative projects.

Attention to the essence of “Location, Location, Location” — involving stages in the history, present homes, and resource potential of the materials — may also consider choices made by scholars, teachers, curators, collectors, and bibliophiles in shaping their paths towards chosen fields of concentration, methods of approach, and regional and international collaborations.

Considering “The Roads Taken” (obstacles included) by original materials in their patterns of production, use, collection, scholarship, and recognition, our event is designed to examine the nature of the evidence for locating the origins, travels, and homes of textual materials in diverse forms.

Full program information here.

Ethical Outreach with Culturally-Sensitive Content: Practices, Provocation, and Power

June 19, 2019. Baltimore.

Session at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Conference
Preparing timely and meaningful exhibits and outreach events is a crucial part of special collections and archives librarianship. Accomplishing this task in contemporary society often means engaging the public with materials that reflect histories of violence, racism, and oppression. Attendees of this seminar will learn from outreach specialists, collection curators, and faculty partners, who will share effective and responsible approaches to special collections outreach with these materials. Building upon previous conversations on this theme as it relates to other professional functions, this seminar turns the focus to the particular challenges related to outreach practices including exhibits, social media, and community events that purposefully engage the public with these materials and themes. Presenters will engage with questions such as: How do we present these materials ethically and conscientiously in the special collections outreach environment, and remain attentive to the risks of replicating these histories when presenting materials that document violent, racist, or oppressive acts? How do we call attention, in exhibits and outreach, to the materials that are missing both from the historical record and from our collections? How can we work to center voices representing oppressed communities both in the collections we highlight, and in the expertise we engage in all stages of the outreach process? How do we prepare special collections librarians and archivists in the profession to accomplish this work?


  • Myranda Fuentes, Institutional History Research Specialist, Dartmouth College
  • Ruth Anne Jones, Michigan State University
  • Grace Adeneye (moderator), University of Delaware
  • Dr. Courtney R. Baker, Associate Professor, American Studies & Chair, Black Studies, Occidental College
  • Allen Chen, Occidental College ’18
  • Elizabeth Tibebu, Occidental College ’19

Roundtable: Absence in the Archives: New Methods for Representing Exclusion

March 23, 2019. Denver, CO.

Session at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting

Chair: Lisa Maruca, Wayne State University

  • Margaret Ezell, Texas A&M University: “The Printer’s Mark: Finding Anne Maxwell”
  • Eleanor F. Shevlin, West Chester University: “Absence in the Face of Presence: Printer Mary Harrison”
  • Emily Friedman, Auburn University: “The Accidentally Anonymous”
  • Whitney Arnold, UCLA: “Uncovering Invisible Texts: Topic Modeling the Monthly Review
  • Lena Emelyn Zlock, Stanford University: “Beyond Rousseau and Montesquieu: Digitally Locating Individuals in Voltaire’s Library”
  • Bethany E. Qualls, UC Davis: “Secret Histories, Secret Signals, and Subalterity in the Hatian Revolution”

Bookbindings in their Cultural Context

March 18, 2019. Toronto.

Sessions at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting

Organizers: Caroline Duroselle-Melish, Folger Shakespeare Library & Nina Musinsky, Nina Musinsky Rare Books
Chair: Nina Musinsky, Nina Musinsky Rare Books
Respondent: Nina Musinsky, Nina Musinsky Rare Books

Coptic Manuscripts Workshop

May 17, 2019, Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Egyptian Christian tradition has a long legacy of vibrant book production and circulation. The workshop will reflect on this legacy and the rich book culture of Egypt. Focusing on objects from the fourth century to the eighteenth century, we will study biblical, literary, and documentary texts on pottery fragments, papyrus and parchment leaves, and illuminated paper codices.

This workshop will be led by Andrea Myers Achi, Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval Art at the Met and The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Dr. Achi specializes in late antique and Byzantine art, manuscript studies, and late Roman ceramics. Her doctoral dissertation at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts  investigated monastic books and book production from the medieval Monastery of St. Michael in Egypt.  In addition to her art historical research, she have been involved with numerous excavations in Egypt and Italy.

Registration is open only to BSA Members and is now closed as the event is fully registered.

ABAA/BSA Lecture at California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 9, 2019. Oakland

“Cyclone on the Prairies: the Magic of the Land of Oz”
Peter Hanff
Co-sponsor: The ABAA

For more details, please visit the California International Antiquarian Book Fair’s website.


Session at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting

March 22-25, 2018. Orlando, FL

Roundtable: The Old and the New: Bibliographical Methods and Projects Using Modern and Innovative Research
Chair: Catherine Parisian, UNC Pembroke

  • Philip S. Palmer, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Benjamin Pauli, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Sandra Parmegiani, University of Guelph
  • Andrea Penso, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
  • Jeanne Britton, University of South Carolina

Session at RBMS Conference

June 21, 2018. New Orleans.

Seminar: From DCRM Manuals to RBMS Policy Statements

Presenters: Deborah Leslie (Folger Shakespeare Library), Michelle Mascaro (UC San Diego), Audrey Pearson (Yale University), and Francis Lapka (Yale University)

Moderator: Francis Lapka

Sessions at Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting

March 22-24, 2018. New Orleans

Management and Reception of Renaissance Libraries
Organizer: Paul Nelles, Carleton University
Chair: Caroline Duroselle-Melish, Folger Shakespeare Library
Respondent: Seth Kimmel, Columbia University

  • Paola Molino, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung
    An Empire of Papers: The Imperial Library of Vienna before and after the Thirty Years’ War
  • Paul Nelles, Carleton University
    Libraries, Archives, and Inventories: Anotnio Possevino on Record Management in Sixteenth-Century Rome
  • Guy Lazure, University of Windsor
    “That Most Famous Library, Well-Known Throughout Europe”: The Escorial Library in the Republic of Letters

New Directions in Woodblock Studies
Organizer: Caroline Duroselle-Melish, Folger Shakespeare Library
Chair: Evelyn Lincoln, Brown University

  • Erin Blake, Folger Shakespeare Library
    Cataloging Woodblocks and Copperplates for Research and Discovery
  • Kristin L. Huffman, Duke University
    The Woodblocks of Jacopo de’ Barbari’s Celebrated View of Venice
  • Ilaria Andreoli, Centre national de la recherche scientifique
    The Correr Collection of Woodblocks: From 2D to 3D

ABAA/BSA Lecture at California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 10, 2018. Pasadena

“Frankenstein in the Popular Imagination”
Sidney Berger
Co-Sponsor: ABAA


Scholarships at RBS-Mellon Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference

October 12–15, 2017. Philadelphia

Ten BSA scholarships awarded to students and early-career scholars demonstrating both financial need and a keen interest in pursuing bibliographical research, for attendance at Rare Book School’s Mellon-sponsored Bibliography Among the Disciplines conference.

Seminar at RBMS Conference

June 21, 2017. University of Iowa

“3D Printing Book History: Extending Bibliographical Pedagogy Through Additive Manufacturing”

  • Kevin O’Sullivan
  • Courtney Jacobs
  • Marcia McIntosh

Graduate Student Workshop at Harvard-Yenching Library

May 16–19, 2017. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

“The Bibliographical Analysis of East Asian Books”
Organizer: Devin Thomas Fitzgerald (Harvard University, RBS-Mellon Fellow)
Co-sponsor: The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School

A workshop for graduate students at the pre-dissertation stage dedicated to the physical analysis of East Asian books.

Session at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting

March 30–April 2, 2017. Minneapolis

“The Library as Institution in the Long Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World”
Chair: Rob Koehler (New York University)
Co-sponsor: Community Libraries Network

  • Gabriella Angeloni (University of South Carolina)
    “‘Carefully and Deliberately’: Personal Libraries and the Cultivation of Identity in Eighteenth Century South Carolina”
  • Kevin Sedeño-Guillén (University of Kentucky)
    “From Baroque Library to Enlightened Library: The Cuban Mestizo Manuel del Socorro Rodriguez and the Royal Public Library of Santafe de Bogota”
  • Marta Kvande (Texas Tech University)
    “Dedications and Prefaces 1660–1700: Institutions of Print and Manuscript Cultures in Fiction”
  • Omar Miranda (New York University)
    “Francisco de Miranda’s Library of Exile and Revolution on Grafton Street

Sessions at Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting

March 30–April 1, 2017. Chicago

“Creating Woodcuts: Transforming, Reusing and Dating Woodblocks”
Organizer and Chair: Caroline Duroselle-Melish (Folger Shakespeare Library)

  • S. Blair Hedges (Temple University)
    “Refining the Print Clock Method for Dating Books and Woodblock Illustrations”
  • Dirk Imhof (Plantin-Moretus Museum)
    “The Unexpectedly Flexible Use of Woodblocks by the Antwerp Plantin Press”
  • Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania)
    “Excisions and Plugs: Remaking Woodblocks in Early Modern Europe”

“The Shape of Knowledge: The Form and Function of Printed Professional Manuals”
Organizer: Caroline Duroselle-Melish (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Chair: Femke Speelberg (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

  • Georgianna Ziegler (Independent Scholar)
    “Doing Things in Oblong”
  • Amanda J. Wunder (Lehman College, CUNY)
    “Tailors, Pattern Books, and Fashion Innovations in Early Modern Spain”
  • Deborah L. Krohn (Bard Graduate Center)
    “Linen, Steel, and Starch in Early Modern Table Decoration”

“Materiality and Money: Re-Use, Repurposing, and Repetition in Sixteenth-Century Book Production”
Organizer: Nina Musinsky (Musinsky Rare Books, Inc.)
Chair: Caroline Duroselle-Melish (Folger Shakespeare Library)

  • Theresa Jane Smith (Buffalo State University)
    “Images and Origins: Vogtherr’s Anatomical Woodcuts”
  • Nina Musinsky (Musinsky Rare Books)
    “Composite Books of Hours and “Assembly-Line” Publishing in Sixteenth-Century France”
  • Femke Speelberg (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
    “When the Pattern Repeats: Renaissance Textile Pattern Books, and the Meaning of Multiples”

ABAA/BSA Lecture at California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 11, 2017. Oakland

“Meet Mr. Blake”
John Windle (William Blake Gallery)
Co-sponsor: ABAA


Plenary Session at APHA Conference

October 9, 2016. Huntington Library, San Marino

“The Art of Alchemy”

  • David Brafman (Getty Research Institute)
  • Rhiannon Knol (Getty Research Institute)
  • Marcia Reed (Getty Research Institute)

Session at RBMS Conference

June 23, 2016. Coral Gables

“Linked Data Consumption for the Rare Materials Librarian: An Introduction and How-To”
Moderator: Amy Brown (Harry Ransom Center)

  • Allison Jai O’Dell (University of Florida)
  • Amber Billey (Columbia University)
  • Brian K. Geiger (Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research, University of California, Riverside)

Session at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting

March 31–April 3, 2016. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Teaching Book History and Bibliography”
Chair: Norbert Schurer (California State University, Long Beach)

  • Benjamin Pauley (Eastern Connecticut State University)
    “Making Do With What You Have (and Haven’t) Got: Teaching Book History Without Special Collections”
  • David Buchanan (University of Alberta)
    “Popular Romanticism and Multimedia Histories”
  • Stephen Gregg (Bath Spa University)
    “Digital Exercises for Undergraduates”

ABAA/BSA Lecture at California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 13, 2016. Pasadena

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: How One Small Girl Changed the World”
Chris Loker (Children’s Book Gallery)
Co-sponsor: ABAA


Mind the Gap: Recent Provenance & Antiquarian Material

November 6–7, 2015. The Grolier Club, New York

“Introductory Remarks Concerning Recent Provenance”
Marcia Reed (Getty Research Institute)

“Early Materials, Later Histories”
Moderator: Nina Musinsky (Musinsky Rare Books)

  • Falk Eisermann (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preussischer Kulturbesitz)
    “Lost in Transaction: “Discollecting” Incunabula in the 19th and 20th Centuries”
  • Milton McC. Gatch (Union Theological Seminary)
    “Disappearing Ess/Phillipps Manuscripts”
  • Patrizia Carmassi (Herzog August Bibliothek)
    “Through the hands of librarians and booksellers: Examples of recent alteration in medieval manuscripts of German collectors”

“Case Studies: Book and Archival Histories Lost & Found”
Moderator: Heather Wolfe (Folger Library)

  • Silvia Pugliese (Biblioteca Marciana, Venezia)
    “First, loose and then, bound together: the case of Marco Polo’s last will and the collection of documents in Lat. V, 58-59”
  • Caroline Duroselle-Melish (Folger Library)
    “Anatomy of a Pamphlet Collection: From Disbinding to Reuniting”
  • Hope Mayo (Harvard University)
    “From Bamberg to Cambridge: The Story of One Copy of Christopher Plantin’s Polyglot Bible”

“Dispersed Archives”
Moderator: John Crichton (Brick Row Book Shop)

  • Theodore Crackel (University of Virginia)
    “Provenance Lost: The Papers of George Washington”
  • Joseph Bristow (UCLA) & Rebecca N. Mitchell (University of Birmingham)
    “Provenance and Literary Analysis: Oscar Wilde as Case Study”

“Provenance, Collectors, and the Trade” (Panel Discussion)

  • John Crichton (Brick Row Book Shop)
  • Nina Musinsky (Musinsky Rare Books)
  • Mark Samuels Lasner (University of Delaware)

“New Concepts & Tools for Tracking Provenance”
Moderator: Marcia Reed (Getty Research Institute)

  • Katharine Kyes Leab (American Book Prices Current)
    “Marked Improvements: Provenance and Theft”
  • Laura E. Aydelotte (University of Pennsylvania)
    “The Provenance Online Project”

Session at SHARP Conference

July 8, 2015. Montreal

“Generations of Readers: Appeals to Audiences and Their Reactions Across Editions”
Chair: Michael Winship (University of Texas)

  • Meaghan Brown
    “Adapting ‘to the Reader’: Depictions of Textual Production in Sixteenth-Century Adaptations of Lydgate”
  • Philip Palmer
    “Material Readings of Coryats Crudities”
  • Jessica Otis
    “’You Must Seeke Records Arithmetique’: Reading and Writing in Early Modern Arithmetic Textbooks”

Session at RBMS Conference

June 25, 2015. Doe Memorial Library, University of California, Berkeley

“Digital Humanities and Special Collections: New Tools, Challenges, and Opportunities”
Moderator: Caro Pinto (Mount Holyoke College)

  • Peter Carini (Dartmouth College)
  • Leslie Fields (Mount Holyoke College)
  • Michael Kelly (Amherst College)

The Caxton Club/Bibliographical Society of America Symposium on the Book

April 17–18, 2015. The Newberry Library, Chicago

“Preserving the Evidence: The Ethics of Book and Paper Conservation”

Symposium at Butler Library

April 9–10, 2015. Columbia University, New York

“Materialities of American Texts and Visual Cultures”
Organizers: John Garcia (McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania; RBS-Mellon Fellow) and Marie-Stephanie Delamaire (Columbia University; RBS-Mellon Fellow)
Co-sponsors: The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School; the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University; The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University; The American Printing History Association

Keynote addresses by:

  • Jennifer Roberts (Harvard University)
  • Phillip Round (University of Iowa)
    “Cultural Shorthand: Orthographies and Sovereignty in Nineteenth-Century Native America”
    Respondent: Elizabeth Hutchinson (Barnard College/Columbia University)

Session 1: “Inter-Media Translations”
Chair: Marie-Stephanie Delamaire (Columbia University)

  • Christopher Lukasik (Purdue University)
    “The Image in the Text”
  • Margit Peterfy (University of Heidelberg)
    “The Author’s Carnival”
  • Jennifer Greenhill (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
    “An undictionarial reading of Mark Twain’s materialities”
  • Paul Edwards (University of Paris Diderot)
    “A Persistent Novelty: The Multiple Origins of the American Literary Photobook”

Session 2: “Industrialization of Texts and Images”
Chair: Paul Erickson (American Antiquarian Society)

  • Michael Leja (University of Pennsylvania)
    “Almanacs and the ‘Image Campaign’ of 1840”
  • Todd Pattison (Northeast Document Conservation Center)
    “Outside Information: Nineteenth-Century Bookbinding Mistakes”
  • David Jaffee (Bard Graduate Center)
    “New York and the Culture of Capital in the Nineteenth Century”

Session 3: “African-American Book Cultures”
Chair: Sarah Blackwood (Pace University)

  • Jonathan Senchyne (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
    “Typography of the Oppressed: Slavery and Material Culture of Print”
  • Christopher J. Dingwall (University of Chicago)
    “Of Black Books and The Soul of Black Folk: W. E. B. Du Bois, the Memory of Slavery, and the Racial Commodity”
  • Dennis Williams
    “Portraiture and Text in African-American Illustrated Biographical Dictionaries, 1865–1900”

Session 4: “Print in Motion”
Chair: David Jaffee (Bard Graduate Center)

  • Layla A. Bermeo (Harvard University)
    “Borderlands Between Text and Image: The United States, Mexico, and Mapmaking 1830–1861”
  • John Garcia (McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania; RBS-Mellon Fellow) “The Industrial Book and the US Mexican War”
  • James Berkey (Duke University)
    “The Folds of War: Soldier Newspapers and the Materiality of Print”

Sessions at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting

March 26–28, 2015. Humboldt University, Berlin

“The Booktrade in the Archives: From Printshops to Bookshops”
Chair: Caroline Duroselle-Melish

  • Valentina Sebastiani (Universität Basel)
    “Basel as a “World City” for Humanist Printing in Sixteenth-Century Europe”
  • Cristina Dondi (University of Oxford)
    “Selling Printed Books in Fifteenth-Century Venice: The Day-Book of Francesco de Madiis”
  • Angela Maria Nuovo (University of Udine)
    “Selling Books in Venice: The Bookshop of Bernardo Giunti (1600–15)”

“The Plantin Polyglot Bible: Production, Distribution, Reception”
Chair: Marcia Reed

  • Dirk Imhof (Plantin-Moretus Museum)
    “The Printing of Plantin’s Polyglot Bible”
  • Julianne Simpson (John Rylands Library, University of Manchester)
    “La belle marge du livre”: Luxury and Presentation Copies of the Antwerp Polyglot”
  • Hope Mayo (Harvard University)
    “From Bamberg to Cambridge: The Story of One Copy of Plantin’s Polyglot Bible”

“The Evidence of Fragments: Printed Waste and Binding Waste in the Fifteenth Century”
Chair: Nina Musinsky

  • Paul Needham (Princeton University)
    “Early Printed Waste as Evidence of Book Distribution”
  • Bettina Wagner (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek)
    “Lost in Description: Surviving Examples of Late Medieval and Early Modern Primers”
  • Eric Marshall White (Southern Methodist University)
    “The Beginnings of Printed Binding Waste”

Sessions at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting

March 19–22, 2015. Los Angeles, CA

“Collaborative Research Networks in Bibliography and Book History” (Roundtable)
Chair: Catherine Parisian (UNC-Pembroke)

  • Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool)
  • Laura Miller (University of West Georgia)
  • Erin Schreiner (New York Society Library)
  • Rob Koehler (New York University)
  • Norbert Schürer (California State University, Long Beach)

“Book Histories in New York, ca. 1800″
Chair: Norbert Schürer (California State University, Long Beach)

  • Laura Miller (University of West Georgia)
    “The Borrowing Habits of Academic Readers at the Columbia College Library and the New York Society Library, 1789–1805”
  • Jennifer Furlong (City University of New York)
    “Books as Means of Exchange at the New York Society Library, c.1788–1805”
  • Erin Schreiner (New York Society Library)
    “Building a New Digital Interface for the New York Society Library’s Early Circulation Records Project”

ABAA/BSA Lecture at California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 7, 2015. Oakland

“New Audiences for Rare Books”
Daniel P. De Simone (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Co-sponsor: ABAA


The Annual Address at the Annual Meeting

January 24, 2014. The Grolier Club

Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland, “Operating Systems of the Mind: The Bibliographical Description and Analysis of Born-Digital Texts.”

BSA’s New Scholars Papers at Bib Week

January 24, 2014. The Grolier Club

  • Pantzer New Scholar: Claire M. L. Bourne, Virginia Commonwealth University “Dramatic Pilcrows: Symbolic Type and the Making of English Literary Drama.”
  • Malkin New Scholar: John J. Garcia, University of California, Berkeley, Nationalism and the Book Trade: Printed Lives in the Early United States.”
  • L. Elizabeth Upper, Darwin College, University of Cambridge, “ The Earliest Artifacts of Color Printmaking: Red Brisket Sheets, ca. 1490-1630.”

5th Annual ABAA/BSA-sponsored talk at the California Book Fair

February 8, 2014. Pasadena

Selby Kiffer, Sotheby’s, “Printing the Declaration of Independence—and Selling It.”

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

March 20-22, 2014. Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Libraries and Booksellers.
    Chair: Laura Miller, University of West Georgia
  • Jenny Furlong, City University of New York, “Extending Knowledge, Accommodating Tastes: Acquiring Books at the New York Society Library.”
  • Sara Johnson, University of California, San Diego, “Moreau de Saint-Méry and the French Book Trade in the United States.”
  • Norbert Schürer, California State University, Long Beach, “The Austen Family’s Winchester Bookseller
  • Mark Vareschi, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Repetition and Attribution: Defoe and the Nobles’ Circulating Library.”
  • Print Culture and Dissent in the Long Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World, co-sponsored by the BSA
    Chair: Kyle B Roberts, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Rob Koehler, New York University, “Dissent, Elocution, and the Transatlantic Appropriation of Pedagogies of Embodied Reading.”
  • Jennifer Snead, Texas Tech University, “The Life of The Life of David Brainerd.”
  • Emily MN Kugler, Colby College, “Authoring Self in the Slave Narratives of Olaudah Equiano and Mary Prince.”

Renaissance Society of America, Annual Conference

March 27–29, 2014. New York

  • Layout and Marketing Strategies in European Book Production, ca. 1460–1700
    Chair: Nina Musinsky, Musinsky Rare Books
  • John McQuillen, Morgan Library and Museum, “Form and Function: Understanding Early Printed Books through Layout and Imposition.”
  • Goran Proot, Folger Shakespeare Library, “Mending the Broken Word. The Rise and Fall of Typographic Discontinuities on Title Pages of Flanders Imprints, 1501–1700.”
  • Diane Booton, Independent Scholar, “Typographical design in Jean Meschinot’s early modern best-seller, Les Lunettes des Princes.”

Society for Military History, Annual Meeting

April 4, 2014. Kansas City

Military Historians and Bibliographers: Opportunities for Insight and Cooperation

  • Panel chair and organizer:
    Dr. Mark H. Danley, University of Memphis
  • Panel participants:
    Dr. Ira C. Gruber (Prof. Emer. Rice University)
    Dr. Russell L. Martin III (Director, DeGolyer Library, SMU)
    Captain Thomas Barrett Ward (Dept. of English and Philosophy, U. S. Military Academy, West Point)

Caxton Club

April 26, 2014. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bibliography, Collections, and the History of Science, symposium organized by Michael Thompson and Robin Rider

Speakers for the morning session chaired by Michael Thompson:

  • Michael H. Shank, History of Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Stop-press corrections in early modern astronomy.”
  • Florence C. Hsia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Aspects of the work of Thomas Hyde, 17th-century librarian-in-chief at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, in unraveling Chinese scientific materials.”
  • Nick Wilding, Georgia State University, “Forgery of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, 1610.”

Discussants for the afternoon panel moderated by Robin Rider:

  • Ronald Smeltzer (Private collector, Princeton NJ; Bruce Bradley (Linda Hall Library of Science, Technology, and Technology Information, Kansas City, Missouri); Richard Lan, Martayan Lan Fine Antique Maps and Rare Books, NY

RBMS Pre-Conference

June 26, 2014. Las Vegas

  • Back to the Future: The Reinvention of the Library Catalog, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, cosponsored by BSA and presented by the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee
  • Speakers: Eric Miller, President, Zepheira; Aislinn Sotelo, University of California, San Diego.  Moderator: Nina M. Schneider, University of California, Los Angeles


BSA Annual Meeting

January 25, 2013. The Grolier Club, New York

  • New Scholars Program
  • Simran Thadani, University of Pennsylvania, Pantzer New Scholar, “’For the Better Atteyning to Fair Writing’: The First Printed Dispute Between English Penmen, London, 1591”
  • Nicole Gray, University of Texas at Austin, Malkin New Scholar, “Walt Whitman’s Marginalia: Digitizing an Archive of Reading”
  • Dr. John T. McQuillen, The Morgan Library and Museum, “Fifteenth-Century Book Networks: Scribes, Illuminators, Binders, and the Introduction of Print”
  • Annual Address, Adrian Johns, “The Uses of Print in the History of Science”

California Book Fair

February 16, 2013, 1 p.m. San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center

  • Nick Wilding, “Forging Galileo” (co-sponsored with ABAA)

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

April 4-6, 2013. Cleveland Renaissance Hotel

Thursday, April 4, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
“Keeping Accounts: Book Trade Ledgers and Accounts of the Long
Eighteenth Century” (The Bibliographical Society of America)
Chair: Catherine M. Parisian, University of North Carolina, Pembroke

  1. Norbert S. Schürer, California State University, Long Beach, “Jane Austen’s Bookseller”
  2. Laura Miller, University of West Georgia, “Reading Astronomy and Popular Science at the New York Society Library, 1789–1792”
  3. Don Nichol, Memorial University, “Was Pope the First Million Seller?”

Friday, April 5, 11:30-1 p.m.
“Science and British/American Periodical Culture During the Long
Eighteenth Century” (The Bibliographical Society of America /
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing—SHARP)
Chair: Rodney Mader, West Chester University

  1. Cambridge Ridley Lynch, City University of New York Graduate Center, “Author(iz)ing Science: The Language of Professionalization in the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 1769–1830”
  2. Carla Mulford, Pennsylvania State University, “Benjamin Franklin’s Electrical Diplomacy”
  3. Franklin Parks, Frostburg State University, “Science, Pseudoscience, and the Readership of Early English Periodicals”

Friday, April 5, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
“French Periodical Culture During the Long Eighteenth Century”
(The Bibliographical Society of America / Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing—SHARP)
Chair: Rodney Mader, West Chester University

  1. Edward M. Langille, St. Francis Xavier University “Voltaire and the Case of Admiral Byng: Two Hitherto Unknown Documents in the British Press, 1757, Possibly by Voltaire”
  2. Anton M. Matytsin, University of Pennsylvania, “Battling for Souls: Book Reviews and Religious Controversies in the Mémoires de Trévoux”
  3. Saraswathi Shukla, Bach-Archiv, Leipzig,“The Journal de Clavecin and the Commercialization of Operatic Taste, 1762–1772”

Saturday, April 6, 9:45-11:15 a.m.
“EEBO, ECCO, and Burney as Tools for Bibliography and Book History” (Roundtable) (The Bibliographical Society of America / Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing—SHARP ) – I
Chair: Eleanor F. Shevlin, West Chester University

  1. Anna Battigelli, State University of New York, Plattsburgh
  2. Kevin Joel Berland, Pennsylvania State University
  3. Laura Runge, University of South Florida
  4. Stephen Karian, University of Missouri

Saturday, April 6, 2-3:30 p.m.
“EEBO, ECCO, and Burney as Tools for Bibliography and Book History” (Roundtable) (The Bibliographical Society of America / Society for the History of Authorship—SHARP) and the Bibliographical Society of – II
Chair: Anna Battigelli, State University of New York, Plattsburgh

  1. Jacob Heil, Texas A&M University
  2. Eleanor F. Shevlin, West Chester University
  3. Norbert Schürer, California State University, Long Beach
  4. Rivka Swenson, Virginia Commonwealth University

Renaissance Society of America

April 4-6, 2013. San Diego Sheraton Hotel

  • “Strategies and significance in the reuse of woodblocks in illustrated books,” organized by Andrew Pettegree with chair Caroline Duroselle-Melish.
  • Ilaria Andreoli, “Woodblocks on the Move: European routes of the illustrated book (15th-19th centuries)
  • Maria Alessandra Panzanelli Fratoni, “Woodcuts and the early printing press: The case of Perugia, 1471-1559”
  • François Desroussiles, “What is a visual text? The woodcuts of the Great Bible (Paris-London 1538-9)

**Nina Musinsky, assisted by Caroline Duroselle-Melish, successfully applied to the Renaissance Society for BSA to be a liaison organization. 

The Caxton Club/Newberry Library Symposium on the Book

April 6, 2013. Chicago

  • “OUTSIDERS: Zines, Samizdat, and Alternative Publishing,” exploring the world of the alternative press with experts from around the country.

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)

July 20, 2013. Philadelphia

  • Selling Spaces: Geographies of the Bookstore in 18th and 19th Century America
  • Chair: Michael Winship, University of Texas-Austin
  • James Green, Library Company, “Benjamin Franklin’s Book Shop.”
  • Kristen Doyle Highland, “Mapping the Bookstore: Retail Cartographies in Antebellum New York City.”
  • Paul Erickson, “What Makes a Bookstore?: Alternative Geographies of Print Culture in 19th-Century Urban America.”

Rare Books & Manuscripts Section (RBMS)

June 24, 2013. Minneapolis

  • “Bibliography in Action” 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
    Co-sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America.
    Gerald Cloud (Clark Library, UCLA) moderator
  • Andrew Gaub, Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, “A Bookseller’s Investigation of Unique Books: A Bibliographical Case Study”
  • Alice Schreyer, University of Chicago, “Homer in Print: A Bibliographical Collaboration”
  • Stephen Tabor, Huntington Library, “Analyzing Greg’s Nightmare: James Shirley’s Triumph of Peace”


Jefferson’s Legacy: Building the Rare Book Collections at the Library of Congress

February 11, 2012. Pasadena

The 45th California Book Fair ABAA/BSA lecture featured a talk by Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress.


Other People’s Copies: Collecting Association Copies

March 19, 2011. Chicago

The 2011 Caxton Club/Newberry Library Symposium on the Book was an all-day symposium which marked the Caxton Club publication of the same title.

Sectional Focus, National Value: Why Regional Collections Really Matter

June 22, 2011. Baton Rouge

At the 52nd Annual Rare Books & Manuscripts Section Preconference, BSA co-sponsored a plenary session. Participants representing the Bibliographical Society of America and the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association included:

  • J. Kevin Graffagnino, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan (chair)
  • Mark A. Greene, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
  • John Hoover, St. Louis Mercantile Library, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Jeffrey D. Marshall, Research Collections, University of Vermont
  • Tim West, Southern Historical Collections, University of North Carolina

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Indian Captivity Narratives

October 15, 2011. Oakland, CA

A co-sponsored session at the Western History Association Annual Conference was moderated by John Hoover (BSA liaison to WHA). Participants included:

  • Zabelle Stodola (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
  • Carrie Zeman (independent historian)
  • Christina Snyder (Indiana University)
  • Julie Dunn-Morton (St. Louis Mercantile Library Association Art Museum)

Papermaking in America: A Progress Report

Oct. 18, 2011. New York

John Bidwell gave a co-sponsored lecture at the Book History Colloquium in Butler Library, Columbia University.


Editing the Christian Bible: Redactional Elements in Manuscripts of the New Testament between the Second and the Tenth Century

October 15-16, 2010, Saint Louis

At a co-sponsored session at the St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, participants and their papers included:

  • David Trobisch (American Bible Society), “The Early Manuscript Tradition of the New Testament in the Light of Book Publishing in Antiquity: Archetype, Redaction, Prices, Copyright, and Competition.”
  • Bill Warren (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary), “Segmentation Indications in Greek New Testament Manuscripts from the First Millennium.”
  • Jeffrey Kloha (Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis), “’Much Trouble, Little Profit’: Greek Revival in Biblical Manuscripts of the Ninth Century.”

Writing, Printing, and Filing, 1500-2010

June 25, 2010. Philadelphia

At the co-sponsored 3rd plenary session at the 51stAnnual Rare Books & Manuscripts Section Preconference, speakers were:

  • Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Heather Wolfe (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Reading in the White House

May 7, 2010. Washington, DC

Held on at the Library of Congress, the program celebrated and launched the new Penn State University Press publication The First White House Library (funded by an IMLS grant). Cathy Parisian and John Bidwell spoke on the publication project and its institutional history. Sessions included: “Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln: Books and Culture,” with speakers Douglas Wilson and Jean Baker, and “First Ladies and Culture in the White House,” with talks by Carl Anthony, Nancy Beck Young, and Elizabeth Thacker Estrada. Sean Wilentz was the plenary speaker. Co-sponsors of the conference were the Library of Congress (Rare Book and Special Collections Division and the Center for the Book), the National First Ladies Library, Penn State University Press, and BSA.

The Bookseller – Scholar and the Objects of Our Regard

February 13, 2010. Los Angeles

The California Book Fair Lecture was co-sponsored by the BSA and the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. Michael Suarez, S.J., Director of Rare Book School, spoke on the research value of booksellers’ catalogues.

Three panels on Eighteenth-Century Book History

March 18-21, 2010. Albuquerque

There were three BSA-co-sponsored panels at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Andrea Immel chaired two panels on “Promotion, Advertising, and Marketing of Printed Materials in the Long Eighteenth Century”: “Targeting the Consumer;” and “Case Studies.” Eleanor F. Shevlin chaired a third panel on “Associational Reading: Libraries, Reading Societies, and Book Clubs in the Eighteenth Century.”


Making Manuscripts in Facsimile: History and Technique

October 17, 2009. St. Louis

At a co-sponsored session at the 36th Annual St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, papers included:

  • “The Figure versus the Letter: Habits of Mind in Nineteenth-Century Manuscript Facsimiles,” Siân Echard (University of British Columbia)
  • “Facsimiles and “Making Like” the Middle Ages in Pre-Raphaelite Art,” Paul Acker (Saint Louis University)
  • “Recreating Medieval Manuscripts in the Twenty-First Century: The Art and Science of Making Facsimiles,” Mónica Miró (M. Moleiro Editor)

Case Studies of the Production of Book Illustrations in the Eighteenth Century

June 24, 2009. Toronto

A co-sponsored program at SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading.& Publishing) was chaired by Caroline Duroselle-Melish. Papers included:

  • Roger Gaskell, “Engraving Flamsteed’s Star Charts”
  • John Bidwell, “Illustrations in Paul and Virginia (1795)”
  • Jordan Rendell Smith, “Printing in the Infernal Method: The Forensic Reconstruction of William Blake’s Illuminated “Bible of Hell”

Collecting, Auctions, and the Book Trade

June 19, 2009. Charlottesville, Virginia

At the 50th Annual Rare Books & Manuscripts Section Preconference, a co-sponsored plenary session lecture was given by Katharine Kyes Leab (Editor, American Book Prices Current).

Pillage, Punishment, and Provenance: Books as Victims of Crimes

April 4, 2009. Chicago

Co-sponsored with the BSA, this day-long conference was the Fourth Annual Caxton Club/Newberry Library Symposium on the Book.


Book Catalogues: Tomorrow and Beyond

January 22, 2008. New York.

A follow-up conference to the 1995 BSA invitational conference devoted to book catalogues was held at the Grolier Club on the Tuesday of Bibliography Week 2008. Speakers included:

  • William P. Barlow, Jr. on the private collecting of book catalogues
  • Giles Mandelbrote (British Library) on his revision of Pollard and Ehrman’s The Distribution of Books by Catalogue
  • Christiaan Coppens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) on his “Census of Printers’ and Booksellers’ Catalogues to 1600”
  • Lawrence J. Schoenberg on his database of manuscript sales
  • Deborah Kemp (Frick Art Reference Library) on the SCIPIO book and art auction catalogue database
  • Maria Hutchison ( on ABE’s database of book sales transactions
  • David Szewczyk (ABAA) on the state of the debate in the ABAA concerning access to online book sales transactions
  • G. Thomas Tanselle, concluding remarks

BSA would like to thank The Grolier Club Council for its enthusiastic support for this conference, and donations received from two anonymous private donors and two ABAA benevolent funds.


34th Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies at Saint Louis University

October 12-13, 2007. St. Louis.

Sponsored by the Vatican Film Library

The annual conference addresses topics in medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies, including paleography, codicology, diplomatics, illumination, book production, papyrology, library history, reading and literacy, textual criticism, and manuscript cataloguing.

The BSA-sponsored panel, “Writing the Words in Italy, 10th to 15th Century,” organized by Consuelo Dutschke (Columbia University), included the following speakers and papers:

  • Michael W. Heil (Columbia University), “Survey of Early Placita in Italian Archives.”
  • Irene Ceccherini (Università degli Studi di Firenze), “Merchants and Notaries: Stylistic Movements in Italian Cursive Scripts.”
  • Xavier van Binnebeke (Bodleian Library, Oxford), “Comperta in calce: The Archive of Scientific Working Papers of Albinia C. de la Mare and the Second Edition of her ‘New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence.’”

15th Annual SHARP Conference

July 11-15, 2007. Minneapolis, Minnesota

A BSA-sponsored panel devoted to photographic illustrations in 19th-century books, was moderated by Caroline Duroselle-Melish. The session included the following speakers:

  • Anne Peterson (DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University), “Alexander Gardner and the Photographically Illustrated Book.”
  • Claudia Funke (Avery Library, Columbia University), “Reading the Building, Reading the Photographic Book: The First American Architectural Books Illustrated with Photographs.”
  • David Whitesell (American Antiquarian Society), “’Sun Pictures’ Through a Clouded Lens: The Bibliography of 19th-Century Books Illustrated with Mounted Photographs.”

48th Annual RBMS Preconference

June 19-22, 2007. Baltimore, MD

BSA was a cosponsor of the 2007 RBMS Preconference, officially sponsoring the keynote address, “The Long-Term Significance of Printed Ephemera,” delivered by Michael Twyman (Emeritus Professor, Centre for Ephemera Studies, University of Reading). The preconference was devoted to ephemera, collections of which have been traditionally neglected by libraries and underutilized by scholars.

Birth of the Bestseller: The Nineteenth-Century Book in Britain, France, and Beyond

March 29-31, 2007. New York, NY

Co-sponsored by BSA, the Grolier Club, and the Fales Library at New York University, this conference was one element in the “Festival of 19th-century Illustration” held in New York between January and April 2007. The festival included exhibitions at the Morgan Library & Museum (“Victorian Bestsellers”), the Grolier Club (“Illustrating the Good Life: The Pissarros’ Eragny Press, 1894-1914”), and the Fales Library (“Nothing New: The Persistence of the Bestseller”). Related exhibitions and events were held during Spring 2007 at Bard Graduate Center, Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University, Museum of Biblical Art, New-York Historical Society, and New York Public Library.

Plenary presenters and their papers included:

  • Petra ten-Doesschate Chu (Seton Hall University), “‘Packaging’ and Marketing the Bestseller.”
  • Marie E. Korey (Massey College, University of Toronto), “Speculative Ventures: The Activities of the House of Vizetelly.”
  • Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware), “The Victorian Book Goes to Hollywood.”
  • John Sutherland (University College, London), “The True Birth of the Bestseller.”
  • Michael Winship (University of Texas at Austin), “Two Early American Bestsellers: Rowson’s Charlotte Temple and Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Terry Belanger (University of Virginia) provided closing remarks. In addition, twelve short papers (chosen from approximately 55 proposals received) and separate presentations at the Museum of Biblical Art and the Grolier Club were delivered. Receptions were held at the Grolier Club, Fales Library, and the Morgan Library & Museum.

The Books of Venice: A Conference on the Book in Venice

March 9-10, 2007. Venice, Italy

BSA was a cosponsor of a SHARP-organized conference concerning the history of the book in Venice from the sixteenth century to the present. Keynote addresses were delivered by Lilian Armstrong (Wellesley College), Neil Harris (Università di Udine), and Marino Zorzi (Biblioteca Marciana). There was also a half-day lecture and workshop entitled “Printing in the Shadow of Aldus Manutius” led by Peter Koch of Editions Koch. Other cosponsors of this conference included the Biblioteca Marciana, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti; the event was been generously supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.


33rd Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies at Saint Louis University

October 13-14, 2006. St. Louis

Sponsored by the Vatican Film Library

The annual conference addresses topics in medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies, including paleography, codicology, diplomatics, illumination, book production, papyrology, library history, reading and literacy, textual criticism, and manuscript cataloguing.

The BSA-sponsored panel this year, organized by Laura Light, was entitled “The Bible in the Thirteenth Century: Beyond the Paris Bible.” It consisted of the following speakers and papers:

  • Sabina Magrini (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence), “Production and Use of Latin Bible Manuscripts in Italy during the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.”
  • Paul Saenger (Newberry Library) and Laura Bruck (Northwestern University), “The English Origins of the Modern Chapter Divisions of the Bible.”
  • Laura Light (Independent Scholar), “Classroom, Pulpit, or Private Collection: Non-Biblical Texts in Thirteenth-Century Bibles and the Problem of How the Bible was Used.”

14th Annual SHARP Conference

July 12-14, 2006. The Hague

BSA-sponsored a panel devoted to “Emblem Books: Text and Image,” which included the following speakers:

  • Katherine D. Harris (Assistant Professor, Department of English & Comparative Literature, San Jose State University), “Continuing the Relationship: Literary Annuals as Nineteenth-Century Emblematic Forms.”
  • Mark Van Vaeck (Catholic University of Leuven), “Emblematic Versatility as a Strategy of Self-Representation: Poirters’ Emblematic Verses in the Dutch Version of the Imago Primi Saeculi Societatis Jesu (Antwerp 1640).”
  • David Brafman (Curator of Rare Books, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles), “Alchemical Atalanta and Hermetic Hippomenes: The Esoteric Emblems of Michael Maier”

Ezra Greenspan, University of South Carolina, served as moderator of this session for BSA.

47th Annual RBMS Preconference

June 20-23, 2006. Austin, TX

BSA was a cosponsor of the 2006 RBMS Preconference, officially sponsoring a plenary session. This Preconference brought together professionals from both the library and museum fields to investigate common concerns relating to their shared missions to acquire, preserve, and make accessible the world’s cultural artifacts and historical documents, and to explore ways in which they can work more closely in the future.

The BSA-sponsored plenary session focused on issues of curatorship and collection development in museums and libraries. The session included the following speakers:

  • Andrew Robison, Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art
  • Gerald R. Beasley, Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
  • Bruce Whiteman, Head Librarian, William Andrews Clark Library


32nd Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies

at Saint Louis University, October 14-15, 2005

Sponsored by the Vatican Film Library

This year’s conference included a BSA-sponsored panel organized and chaired by Gregory Pass on the subject of codicology. The theme of this session was devised to complement the topic of the conference’s guest speaker, Albert Derolez, who spoke on “The Codicology of Italian Renaissance Manuscripts: Twenty Years After.” The following speakers contributed to the codicology session:

  • J. P. Gumbert (Universiteit Leiden), “The Quire as a Working Unit.”
  • Marilena Maniaci (Università degli Studi di Cassino), “Words within a Frame of Words: Layout Stategies in Some Glossed Manuscripts of the ‘Ilias.’”
  • Robert G. Babcock (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University), “The Codicological Reconstruction of a Fourth-Century Papyrus Poetry Book.”

The session began with an introduction of the Bibliographical Society of America, its history and mission, reference to its support of medieval manuscript studies (including Faye and Bond), and a brief description of its fellowships, citing titles of medieval manuscript projects that had been supported in the past. The session was received with great interest and engendered lively discussion. All the papers were of importance. Robert Babcock’s paper, in particular, gave the first public notice of the only original Greek epigram codex know to survive, now in the collections of the Beinecke Library. The speakers have been invited to publish their papers in Manuscripta.

13th Annual SHARP Conference

July 14-17, 2005. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

“Navigating Texts and Contexts”

BSA sponsored a panel at the 2005 Annual SHARP Conference in Halifax. The session, entitled “New Scholarship in Book History and Print Culture,” was organized and moderated by Patricia Fleming, University of Toronto. This session presented the work of doctoral students in the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture (BHPC) at the University of Toronto. As a former director of the Toronto program and a current member of the BSA council, Pat Fleming introduced the work of the following three BHPC students:

  • Shelley Beal (University of Toronto), “Commerce or Culture?: Re-situating the Ninteteenth-Century Literary Agent.”
  • Eli MacLaren (University of Toronto), “’The Knights of the Cross’: Bibliographic Evidence of Copyright Law in Early Twentieth-Century Canada.”
  • Greta Golick (University of Toronto), “Mapping Print Culture: A Study of Late Nineteenth-Century Guelph, Ontario”

46th Annual RBMS Preconference

June 21-24, 2005. St. Louis, Missouri

“Bridging the Gap: Education and Special Collections.”

BSA was a cosponsor of the 2005 RBMS Preconference, held in St. Louis June 21-24, 2005. The third plenary session, officially sponsored by BSA, was entitled “Programs and Prospects: Education and Training of Special Collections Librarians and Archivists in the United States.” The plenary, organized and moderated by Daniel J. Slive, BSA Program Committee Chair, included the following speakers:

  • Alice Schreyer, Director, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
  • Bill Landis. Metadata Coordinator, California Digital Library
  • Beth Yakel, Associate Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor


31st Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies at Saint Louis University

October 15-16, 2004, St. Louis

Sponsored by the Vatican Film Library and Manuscripta

In honor of the BSA Centennial Conference in St. Louis, the annual manuscript studies conference this year included special papers focusing thematically on the transition from script to print. BSA sponsored the first session, entitled “Illumination and Illustration in Late Medieval Manuscripts and Early Printed Books,” organized by Hope Mayo. The speakers, and their papers, were:

  • Lillian Armstrong (Wellesley College), “The Hand-Illumination of Venetian Law Incunables in the Late Fifteenth Century.”
  • Mary Beth Winn (State University of New York, Albany), “Paint, Pen, and Print: Royal Presentations in France, 1495-1520.
  • Martha Driver (Pace University), Vérard in England: French Influence in English Printed Books.

In conjunction with both the BSA and Manuscript Studies conferences, a reception was held at the St. Louis Art Museum celebrating the opening of an exhibition of manuscripts from The Pierpont Morgan Library entitled Painted Prayers: Medieval and Renaissance Books of Hours. Participants in both the Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies and Roughing It were offered a 20% discount on cross-registration for both conferences.

BSA Centennial Conference

October 14, 2004, St. Louis, Missouri

The Centennial Conference was a joint meeting with the St. Louis Rare Book Librarians Group, cosponsored by the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Washington University Libraries Department of Special Collections, with additional support generously provided by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The conference marked the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of The Bibliographical Society of America at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis on October 18, 1904. The program included papers on Western printing, publishing, and book distribution and the book culture of early St. Louis. Moderated by Nicolas Barker, the concluding session featured remarks on the history and future of BSA by past presidents Marcus McCorison, William Barlow, and Hope Mayo. The proceedings of this final session, along with remarks by other Past Presidents not able to attend the St. Louis conference, will be published in an upcoming issue of PBSA.

Participants in Roughing It were invited to attend the guest lecture of the 31st Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies at Saint Louis University delivered on October 15 by Paul Needham (Scheide Librarian, Princeton University). They were also invited to attend a reception on October 16 held at the Saint Louis Art Museum in conjunction with the Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies for the exhibition Painted Prayers: Books of Hours from the Morgan Library. This reception was made possible through the generous support of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

12th Annual SHARP Conference

July 20-23, 2004, Lyon, France

BSA sponsored a panel at the 2004 SHARP conference. The session, “Form and Function of Scientific Illustration, 1500-1900,” was chaired by Hope Mayo, Past President, who discussed the history and current activities of BSA. Mayo also introduced the three speakers, all BSA members, and their papers:

  • Caroline Duroselle-Melish, “Images of Monsters in Early Scientific Literature.”
  • John Bidwell, “The Publishing Strategies of Pietro Andrea Mattioli, Botanist and Physician.”
  • Daniel J. Slive, “Extending the Boundaries: Illustrated Science Books with Movable Parts.”

45th Annual RBMS Preconference

June 21-24, 2004. New Haven, CT

“Ebb and Flow: The Migration of Collections to American Libraries”

BSA was a cosponsor of the 2004 RBMS Preconference, held in New Haven, Connecticut June 21-24. The third plenary session, held on June 23, was officially sponsored by BSA, and the session began with a brief announcement by Daniel J. Slive, BSA Program Committee Chair. The speakers, and their papers, for this session were:

  • Tom F. Staley (Director, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin), “Between Scylla and Charybdis: Navigating the HRC through the New Century.”
  • Anthony Rota (Bertram Rota Ltd., London), “Building a Fence Round a Cloud: or How to Define a Collection.”



Claremont, California, July 9-12, 2003

At the annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing, held in Claremont, California, July 9-12, 2003, the Bibliographical Society of American sponsored a session on “Three Bibliographic Projects.” Organized and moderated by Daniel J. Slive, Rare Books Librarian at UCLA and a member of the BSA Program Committee, the session was designed to present information about three large bibliographical compilations of potential use to book historians. The presenters and their topics were:

  • Melissa Conway (University of California, Riverside) and Lisa Fagin Davis, The UMCC Project: Progress Report
    A product of this project, the Directory of North American Institutions with Pre-1600 Manuscript Holdings, is in the final stages of preparation for publication by BSA. This represents the first comprehensive effort to provide an update to Seymour De Ricci’s Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (1935-1940) and the Supplement by W. H. Bond and C.U. Faye, the latter published by BSA in 1962.
  • John Goldfinch (The British Library), Twenty Years and More of the Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue (ISTC): Retrospect and Prospect
    ISTC, developed at the British Library and now the most comprehensive listing of incunable editions and holdings world-wide, was built, with BSA’s cooperation and support, on the foundation provided by Frederick R. Goff’s Incunabula in American Libraries: A Third Census of Fifteenth-Century Books Recorded in North American Collections, published by BSA in 1964.
  • John Bloomberg-Rissman (University of California, Riverside), The ESTC: A New Phase in Its History
    Although BSA can claim no direct responsibility for the development of the Eighteenth-Century Short-Title Catalogue, now the English Short-Title Catalogue, many BSA members have worked on the project over the years and the Society welcomes the opportunity to disseminate information about it.

This program marks the third year of successful collaboration between BSA and SHARP at SHARP’s annual conference. In addition to the persons named above, thanks are owed to Marie Korey, chair of the BSA Program Committee, and James Green, BSA liaison to SHARP, for their part in arranging the panel.

44th Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries of the American Library Association

Toronto, Canada, 17-20 June 2003

The BSA sponsored the opening, two-part plenary session of this conference, attended by ca. 200 people during a week of beautiful spring-like weather in Toronto. David Levy, Professor at the Information School, University of Washington, and author of Scrolling Forward, spoke of the enthusiastic reaction of students introduced to research using original written or printed artifacts in his course “Introduction to the History of Recorded Information.” Richard Landon, Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, a long-time member and supporter of BSA, spoke on “Literary Forgeries and Mystifications: Causes and Effects.” Analyzing several historical examples of literary forgery and the probable motives of the forgers as well as the circumstances of discovery, he referred his hearers to the exhibition and catalogue of the same name at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, where a reception was held later in the conference. Professor Landon was introduced by Hope Mayo, President of BSA, who described the range of BSA activities, spoke of the common interests shared by BSA and RBMS, and welcomed the opportunity for cooperation between the two organizations. Both Richard Landon and Marie Korey, of Robertson Davies Library, Massey College, University of Toronto, who is also Chair of the BSA Program Committee, contributed substantially to the success of the conference, as members of the Local Arrangements Committee, and as sponsors of tours in their respective libraries.


History of Libraries in the United States

Library Company of Philadelphia, April 11-13, 2002

Sponsored by the BSA, The Center for the Book (Library of Congress), The Council of Library and Information Resources, and Princeton University.

Trevor Howard-Hill spoke on “Bibliography and the History of the Book” at the SHARP Conference in London, July 10-13, 2002.


Round Table on Book Trade Archives: Problems and Promises

Williamsburg, July 2001

“Round Table on Book Trade Archives: Problems and Promises” at the SHARP Conference in Williamsburg, July 2001. Session sponsored by the BSA.

How Were the Earliest European Printing Types Made?

Grolier Club, January 22, 2001

Paul Needham and Blaise Agüera y Arcas spoke at the Grolier Club on “How Were the Earliest European Printing Types Made?”, January 22, 2001. Sponsored by the BSA and the American Printing History Association.


Marks in Books

Yale University, 27 January 1997

“Marks in Books” conference held at Yale University, 27 January 1997. Sponsored by the BSA and Yale University. [Papers published in PBSA 91:4 (December 1997).]


Book Catalogues

Grolier Club, January 24, 1995

Conference on “Book Catalogues” held at the Grolier Club, January 24, 1995. Co-sponsored by the BSA, with assistance from the Grolier Club, the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, and the Center for the Book. [Papers published in PBSA 89:4 (December 1995).]


Exhibiting Rare Books

March 1993

Meeting on “Exhibiting Rare Books” in March 1993.


Completion of the Bibliography of American Literature

Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2 May 1992

Lecture co-sponsored by the BSA and the Syracuse Library Association.

Conference organized by Trevor Howard-Hill

University of South Carolina, 6-8 March 1992

Sponsored by the BSA, the Thomas Cooper Library, the University of Carolina Southern Studies program, the Caroliniana Library, and the Department of English. [36 papers over three days, some of which appeared in PBSA]


Houston Conference on Forged Documents

Houston, Texas, on 2-4 November 1989

The BSA also acted as one of the participating sponsors of the Houston Conference on Forged Documents held at Houston, Texas, on 2-4 November 1989.

Independent Research Libraries, Scholarship, and the Nation

St. Louis Mercantile Library Association, February 7, 1989

Marcus McCorison spoke on “Independent Research Libraries, Scholarship, and the Nation” at the one hundred and forty-third election and annual meeting of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association, February 7, 1989. Sponsored by the BSA and the St. Louis Area Rare Books Librarians’ Group.