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University of Iowa Center for the Book

Thought this might be of interest to some. Peter

Date: Mon, 24 Jun 1996 14:01:03 -0500
From: David Schoonover <David-Schoonover@xxxxxxxxx>
To: exlibris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: karl-merker@xxxxxxxxx, timothy-barrett@xxxxxxxxx,
Subject: Institutionalization of Book History
Message-ID: <199606241901.OAA12050@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

During the last week or so there has been a good deal of discussion of
"Whither Book History?" and "Institutionalization of Book History" on
SHARP-L.  I realize that many members of exlibris also subscribe to Sharp
but I thought that information on our new graduate certificate program from
the University of Iowa's Center for the Book might be of interest. Please
pardon duplication on Sharp and the Book Arts lists.   If there are
questions, please contact:
Center for the Book Program Assistant Suzanne Micheau (
suzanne-micheau@xxxxxxxxx )
 other members of the Center, or me.

(The program information is also available on the Center's homepage at

About the Center for the Book

The University of Iowa Center for the Book is an interdisciplinary program
for the study and practice of the traditional and non-traditional arts of
the book as well as the study of the book as a cultural artifact. The
combination of specialists and facilities here at The University of Iowa
constitutes an exceptional environment for learning and for the exchange of
knowledge about the book as an aesthetic, historical, and cultural
As an interdepartmental program, the Center consists of a group of faculty
and specialists who teach classes, train apprentices, conduct research, and
practice the associated crafts of the book. Through their commitment to
excellence in artistry and scholarship, they have each gained favorable
recognition in the international book arts community. Faculty in history,
classics, communication studies, English, and other academic areas are also
available who teach courses and work with the academic curriculum relating
to the historical and cultural areas of book studies.

The Program

The Center offers a graduate certificate in Book Studies/Book Arts &
Technologies. Students in this program will take two core courses, and then
complete the certificate by taking courses either in academic Book Studies,
the Arts and Technologies of the Book, or a combination of the two.
Graduate-level students who do not feel the need for a regular degree will
be able to pursue the certificate as a special non-degree student.

*To place in an academic and aesthetic context the interdisciplinary study
of the History of the Book and of the Arts and Technologies of the Book.
*To provide graduate students in Art, English, History, Library &
Information Science and many other departments who are seriously interested
in Book Studies with a structured program to follow. For those who complete
the requirements, the Certificate, as a formal part of their academic
records, would add a distinction to their university graduate degree.
*To provide non-degree, graduate level students who desire to study the
Book at the University of Iowa a framework for their study, and, upon
completion, a credential on their permanent record.
Admission to the Certificate Program
A student has one of two options in pursuing the certificate: 1) graduate
students fully enrolled in a graduate degree program at Iowa may work
toward the certificate concurrently with their M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D., or,
2) students wishing to pursue the certificate, but not a graduate degree,
may do so with special status in the Graduate College.
Both tracks require active standing in the graduate college, and a
statement of purpose to the Center. Contact the Center for further details
about admission requirements.
Course Requirements
24 semester hours in approved courses in Book History, the Arts and
Technologies of the Book, or a combination of the two. Six hours of the 24
are two required introductory courses, which will be offered at least once
each academic year: History of the Book, and Arts & Technologies of the
Book (under development). Although it is not required that these two core
courses be taken prior to the other courses, it is recommended that they be
taken early in the program.
Students concentrate their studies in the area of their choice, by choosing
from a combination of courses already cross-listed with the Center, or from
courses the student or the Center have identified that may be related to
his or her particular area of emphasis.
A final project, either a research paper in Book Studies, the creation of a
physical object in the Arts & Technologies of the Book, or an approved
project combining these two in a way which reflects the student's main
interests and concerns in the study of the Book.

David E. Schoonover
Curator of Rare Books
The University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA.  52242

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