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RBS 1998 summer session schedule
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- From: Terry Belanger <belanger@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 13:45:18 -0500
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I am pleased to attach the preliminary edition of the schedule of courses
for the Rare Book School 1998 summer session, 13 July - 7 August. New
courses include nos. 26 (Rare Book Cataloging for Curators), 33 (Japanese
Printmaking, 1615-1868), and 45 (Non-Book Media in Special Collections).
The schedule of courses and their accompanying Expanded Course
Descriptions will shortly be available on our Web site:
RARE BOOK SCHOOL 1998 Summer Session: cost per course: $595
Monday 13 July - Friday 17 July
11 LITHOGRAPHY IN THE AGE OF THE HAND PRESS. This course, which explores a
wide range of applications of lithography in Europe, is aimed at those
concerned with books, prints, and ephemera especially of the first half of
the c19. Topics: Senefelder and the discovery of lithography; lithographic
stones and presses; the work of the lithographic draftsman, letterer, and
printer; early lithographed books and other printing; the development of
particular genres, including music printing; chromolithography. Instructor:
12 PUBLISHERS' BOOKBINDINGS, 1830- 1910. The study of publishers'
bookbindings, chiefly in the US, but with frequent reference to England,
and occasional reference to Continental developments. Topics: the rise of
the edition binder; design styles and how they developed; new techniques,
machines, and materials introduced in the c19; the identification of
rarities; the physical description of bindings; the preservation of
publishers' bindings. The course will make extensive use of the Book Arts
Press's notable collection of c19 and early c20binding exemplars.
Instructor: Sue Allen.
13 PRINTING DESIGN AND PUBLICATION. In today's museums, libraries, and
other cultural institutions, the texts for instructions, announcements,
newsletters--even full-dress catalogs--are composed on microcomputers,
often by staff members with scant graphic design background. This course
stresses the creation of appropriate design using readily-available
software, covering products generated via laser printer and photocopier as
well as complex work involving commercial printers. Prime concerns are
institutional authority and clients' expectations. Instructor: Greer Allen.
14 INTRODUCTION TO RARE BOOK LIBRARIANSHIP. Overview of the theory and
practice of rare book librarianship. Topics include: the function of rare
books in libraries; the interpretation of rare book collections to their
publics; patterns of use; special collections reference materials;
security; environmental desiderata; exhibitions and publications; and
friends' groups. Instructor: Daniel Traister.
15 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ADMINISTRATION. Tactics special
collections librarians may use for interpreting needs and objectives to
their administrations; assuring an active role for special collections in
the research and curricular programs of their institutions; fund-raising,
including the most effective use of friends' groups; coping with tight
budgets; integrating digitization projects into daily operations; taking
part effectively in library reorganization and re-engineering projects; and
measuring the success of the strategies selected. Instructors: Samuel A.
Streit and Merrily E. Taylor.
16 IMPLEMENTING ENCODED ARCHIVAL DESCRIPTION (Session I). Encoded Archival
Description (EAD) provides standardized machine-readable access to primary
resource materials. This course is aimed at archivists, librarians, and
museum personnel who would like an introduction to EAD that includes an
extensive supervised hands-on component. Students will learn SGML encoding
techniques in part using examples selected from among their own
institution's finding aids. Topics: the context out of which EAD emerged;
introduction to the use of SGML authoring tools and browsers; the
conversion of existing finding aids to EAD. Offered again in Week 3 (see
no. 37). Instructor: Daniel Pitti.
Monday 20 July - Friday 24 July
21 HISTORY OF THE PRINTED BOOK IN THE WEST. Early printed books; printing
processes; bookbinding; typography and book design; publishing, reading,
and the book trade; the book in America and American books; book
illustration; c19 mechanization of the printing trades; c20 fine printing.
Intended for those with no prior course work or extensive reading in the
field. Instructor: Martin Antonetti.
22 BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO 1890. The identification of illustration processes
and techniques, including woodcut, etching, engraving, stipple, aquatint,
mezzotint, lithography, wood engraving, steel engraving, process relief,
collotype, photogravure, and color printing. The course will be taught
almost entirely from the extensive Book Arts Press files of examples of
illustration processes. As part of the course, students will make their own
etchings, drypoints, and relief cuts in supervised laboratory sessions.
Instructor: Terry Belanger.
23 COLLECTING THE HISTORY OF ANGLO- AMERICAN LAW. Intended for individual
book collectors who collect in some aspect of the history of the law and
for librarians who have custody of historical legal materials, this course
will survey printed and MS materials in Anglo-American law and introduce
its bibliography and curatorship. Topics include the history of the
production and distribution of law books; catalogs and reference books;
philosophy and techniques of collecting; and acquiring books, MSS, and
ephemera in the antiquarian book trade. Instructors: Morris L. Cohen and
24 RARE BOOK CATALOGING. Aimed at catalog librarians who find that their
present duties include (or shortly will include) the cataloging of rare
books and/or special collections materials. Attention will be given both to
cataloging books from the hand-press period and to c19 and c20books in a
special collections context. Topics include: comparison of rare book and
general cataloging; application of codes and standards; uses of special
files; problems in transcription, collation and physical description; and
setting cataloging policy within an institutional context. Instructor:
25 VISUAL MATERIALS CATALOGING. Aimed at librarians and archivists who
catalog published or unpublished visual materials. The emphasis will be on
c19 and c20 prints and photographs being cataloged either as single items
or as part of archival collections. Topics include: descriptive and subject
cataloging; form and genre access; special problems in physical
description; comparison of AMC and VIM cataloging; the relationship between
physical processing and cataloging; establishing institutional priorities.
Instructor: Helena Zinkham.
26 RARE BOOK CATALOGING FOR CURATORS. Aimed at curators and special
collections librarians with substantial bibliographical knowledge but
little or no cataloging background who find that their present duties
include (or shortly will include) the cataloging of rare books and/or
special collections materials. Participants will be introduced to _AACR_,
_DCRB_, the MARC format, and basic principles of online cataloging. Topics
include: comparison of library rare-book cataloging and traditional
bibliographic techniques; general library cataloging principles as applied
to rare materials; application of codes and standards. _Instructors_: Eric
Holzenberg and Suzy Taraba.
27 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC TEXTS AND IMAGES (Session I). A practical
exploration of the research, preservation, editing, and pedagogical uses of
electronic texts and images in the humanities. The course will center
around the creation of a set of archival-quality etexts and digital images,
for which we shall also create an Encoded Archival Description guide.
Topics include: SGML tagging and conversion; using the Text Encoding
Initiative Guidelines; the form and implications of XML; publishing on the
World Wide Web; text analysis tools; and the management and use of online
for detailed information about last year's course. Some experience with
HTML is a prerequisite for admission to the course. Offered again in Week 4
(see no. 46). Instructor: David Seaman.
Monday 27 July - Friday 31 July
31 INTRODUCTION TO CODICOLOGY. The principles, bibliography, and
methodology of the analysis and description of Western medieval and
Renaissance manuscripts. Survey of the development of the physical features
of manuscript books from the c5 to the c15. This is a course for non-
specialists, but applicants must have considerable background in the
historical humanities; in admitting students to the class, the instructor
will prefer those with at least an introductory knowledge of Latin and some
previous exposure to paleography. Instructor: Albert Derolez.
32 TYPE, LETTERING, AND CALLIGRAPHY, 1450-1830. The development of the
major formal and informal book hands, the dominant printing types of each
period, and their interrelationship. Topics include: the Gothic hands;
humanistic script; the Renaissance inscriptional capital; Garamond and the
spread of the Aldine Roman; calligraphy from the chancery italic to the
English round hand; the neo- classical book and its typography; and early
commercial typography. The course presupposes a general knowledge of
Western history and some awareness of the continuity of the Latin script
but no special knowledge of typographical history. Instructor: James Mosley.
33 JAPANESE PRINTMAKING, 1615-1868. A survey of Ukiyo-e, the art of the
Japanese woodblock print. _Ukiyo-e_ literally means _floating world art_,
and it is through an exploration of the Floating World that produced this
art that we come to understand it. The course considers how the Floating
World developed in the c17 out of the earlier court culture, how it created
an interest in the courtesans, actors, and famous places of Japan that
became the chief subject-matter of c17-c19 printmakers, and how it declined
and changed in the late c19. The course will take advantage of the
extensive collection of Japanese prints owned by UVa's Bayly Museum.
Instructor: Sandy Kita.
34 THE AMERICAN BOOK IN THE INDUSTRIAL ERA, 1820-1940. This course will
explore manufacturing methods, distribution networks, and publishing
patterns introduced in the US during the industrial era. The course will
include laboratory sessions in which students will examine, analyze, and
describe books produced during the period and will allow students the
opportunity to discuss their own research projects with the instructor. The
course will also introduce students to bibliographical practice and
conventions as they apply to these books. Instructor: Michael Winship.
35 BOOK COLLECTING. This course is aimed at persons who spend a fairly
substantial amount of time, energy, and money on collecting, but who feel
rather isolated from the national (and international) antiquarian book
communities. Topics include: the rationale of book collecting; developing
relations with dealers; buying at auction and via the Internet; evaluating
prices; bibliophile and friends' groups; preservation, conservation, and
insurance options; tax and other financial implications; what finally to do
with your books; and the literature of book collecting. Instructors:
William P. Barlow, Jr and Terry Belanger.
36 HOW TO RESEARCH A RARE BOOK. Strategies for the efficient identification
and interpretation of the bibliographies that are most useful for work with
rare and early printed books; aimed at reference and collection management
librarians, antiquarian booksellers, catalogers, and others who routinely
research rare books. Sources primarily in English and in the other major
Roman-alphabet languages, but some attention will be paid to non-Western
sources as well. Instructor: D. W. Krummel.
37 IMPLEMENTING ENCODED ARCHIVAL DESCRIPTION (Session II). This course will
be offered twice in RBS 1998; for a description of the course, see no. 16.
This session (Session II) is aimed at those who have already had some
formal training in EAD; Session I is aimed at those without previous
exposure to the subject. Instructor: Daniel Pitti.
Monday 3 August - Friday 7 August
41 EUROPEAN DECORATIVE BOOKBINDING. An historical survey of decorative
bookbinding in England and on the European Continent, concentrating on the
period 1500-1800, but with examples drawn from the late c7 to the late c20.
Topics include: the emergence and development of various decorative
techniques and styles; readership and collecting; the history of
bookbinding in a wider historical context; the pitfalls and possibilities
of binding research. Enrollment in this course is strictly limited to those
who have already taken Nicholas Pickwoad's RBS bookbinding course, European
Bookbinding, 1500-1800 (see no. 43). Instructor: Mirjam Foot.
42 THE USE OF PHYSICAL EVIDENCE IN EARLY PRINTED BOOKS. The use of a wide
variety of evidence--paper, type, rubrication and illumination, bindings,
ownership marks, and annotations--to shed light both on questions of
analytical bibliography and wider questions of book distribution,
provenance, and use. There will be a fairly detailed discussion and
analysis of both good and bad features in existing reference works on early
printing. The seminar assumes a basic knowledge of descriptive bibliography
and some familiarity with Latin. Instructor: Paul Needham.
43 EUROPEAN BOOKBINDING, 1500-1800. How bookbinding in the post-medieval
period developed to meet the demands placed on it by the growth of
printing: techniques and materials employed to meet these demands; the
development of temporary bindings (for example, pamphlets and publishers'
bindings); the emergence of structures usually associated with volume
production in the c19; the dating of undecorated bindings; the
identification of national and local binding styles. Instructor: Nicholas
44 INTRODUCTION TO DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY. An introduction to the
physical examination and description of printed books, especially of the
period 1550-1875. Designed both for those with little previous formal
exposure to this subject and for those with some general knowledge of the
field who wish to be presented with a systematic discussion of the elements
of physical description. A major part of the course will consist of small,
closely supervised laboratory sessions in which students will gain practice
in determining format and collation and in writing standard descriptions of
signings and pagination. In daily museum sessions, students will have the
opportunity to see a wide variety of printed books drawn from the extensive
Book Arts Press laboratory collections. Instructors: Terry Belanger and
45 NON-BOOK MEDIA IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. This course is directed at rare
book and preservation librarians whose responsibilities include the
management of non-print media housed in special collections environments,
including (but not limited to) photographs, motion-picture film, audiotapes
and videotapes, computer media, and collections of realia. Topics include:
environmental strategies; issues of storage, handling, and access; the use
of substitutional formats; lessons to be gained from the museum world.
Instructor: Paul N. Banks.
46 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC TEXTS AND IMAGES (Session II). This course
will be offered twice in RBS 1998; for a description of the course, see no.
26. Instructor: David Seaman.
RBS 1998 Summer Session Faculty
GREER ALLEN has designed publications for Colonial Williamsburg, the
Houghton, the Metropolitan, the Rosenbach, Stanford, the University of
Chicago, and many other libraries and museums. He was formerly Yale
SUE ALLEN is recognized as the foremost authority on 19th-century American
book covers. Her research, lectures, writings, and exhibitions guide
librarians and conservators in the selective preservation of English and
American bindings of the 19th and early 20th centuries. She has taught in
RBS since 1983.
MARTIN ANTONETTI became Curator of Rare Books at Smith College in 1997,
before which he was Librarian of the Grolier Club. Until 1990, he was head
of Special Collections at Mills College, where he regularly taught courses
in the history of books and printing.
PAUL N. BANKS founded the nation's first book conservation education
program at Columbia University in 1981, and he has continued to teach in
the program since its transfer to the University of Texas in 1992. Between
1964 and 1981, he was Conservator at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
WILLIAM P. BARLOW, JR is a partner in the Oakland, CA, accounting firm of
Barlow & Hughan. He has advised many individuals and institutions on
bibliographical tax matters both in a professional capacity and as an
officer of library friends' groups.
TERRY BELANGER founded RBS in 1983 at Columbia University. Since 1992, he
has been University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections
at the University of Virginia. Last year the Book Arts Press, which he
founded in 1972, celebrated its 25th anniversary. For further information, see
MORRIS L. COHEN was Professor of Law and head of the law libraries
successively at Harvard and Yale before his retirement as librarian in
1993. He is a well-known legal bibliographer and collector.
ALBERT DEROLEZ is a professor at the Free Universities of Brussels; he was
formerly Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Library of the State
University of Ghent. He is the author of _Codicologie des manuscrits en
e'criture humanistique sur parchemin_ (1984) and other books. He is
President of the Comite' International de Pale'ographie Latine.
MIRJAM FOOT is Director of Collections and Preservation in the British
Library. She is the author of many books and articles on the history of
bookbinding, including Studies in the History of Bookbinding_(1993) and
(with Howard Nixon) _The History of Decorated Bookbinding in England_
(1992). She delivered the 1997 Panizzi Lectures at the British Library.
ERIC HOLZENBERG is Director and Librarian of the Grolier Club in New York
City. He is the outgoing chair of the Bibliographic Standards Committee of
the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College &
SANDY KITA, Assistant Professor of Japanese Art at the University of
Maryland, is the author of articles and books on Ukiyo-e, including the
1996 catalog, _A Hidden Treasure: Japanese Woodblock Prints in the James
Austin Collection_. His book on Iwasa Katsumochi Matabei will be published
this year by the University of Hawaii Press.
D. W. KRUMMEL is Professor of Library Science and Music at the University
of Illinois at Urbana. His writings in music printing and the history of
bibliography include _Bibliographies, Their Aims and Methods_ (1984).
DEBORAH LESLIE is Rare Book Catalog Librarian at Yale University, before
which she worked at the Library Company of Philadelphia. For further
JAMES MOSLEY is Librarian of the St Bride Printing Library in London, the
largest library of its kind in the English-speaking world. He was the
founding editor of the _Journal of the Printing Historical Society_.
PAUL NEEDHAM became Curator of the Scheide Collection at the Princeton
University Library earlier this year, before which he worked at Sotheby's
and the Pierpont Morgan Library. He has given RBS Master Classes on early
printed books at the Morgan and at the Huntington
RICHARD NOBLE is Rare Books Cataloguer at the John Hay Library, Brown
University. He is co-author (with Joan Crane) of _Guy Davenport: A
Descriptive Bibliography 1947-1995_
NICHOLAS PICKWOAD is a book conservator in private practice. From 1992 to
1995, he was Conservator at the Harvard University Library, before which he
was Advisor to the [English] National Trust for Conservation. This will be
the 19th time he has taught his celebrated course at RBS.
DANIEL PITTI became Project Director at the University of Virginia's
Institute for Advanced Technology in 1997, before which he was Librarian
for Advanced Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was
the Coordinator of the Encoded Archival Description initiative.
DAVID SEAMAN is the founding director of the nationally-known Electronic
and on-line archive at the University of Virginia. He lectures and writes
frequently on SGML, the Internet, and the creation and use of electronic
texts in the humanities. For further information, see
SAMUEL A. STREIT is Associate University Librarian for Special Collections
at Brown University, where his duties have included renovating the John Hay
Library, developing public relations strategies, and undertaking a major
expansion of the Friends of the Library.
SUZY TARABA became University Archivist at Wesleyan University in 1997,
before which she worked in Special Collections at the University of Chicago
and at Duke University, where she was head of the Rare Materials Cataloging
MERRILY E. TAYLOR became University Librarian at Brown University after
working in libraries at Yale and Columbia Universities. Her duties have
required extensive involvement with planning, budgeting, public relations,
building projects, and fund-raising.
DANIEL TRAISTER is Curator of Research Services in the Department of
Special Collections at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published
important articles on rare book librarianship. He has taught annually in
RBS since 1983. His URL is
MICHAEL TWYMAN is Professor in the Department of Typography & Graphic
Communication at the University of Reading. He is the author of
_Lithography 1800-1850_ (1970), _Early Lithographed Books_ (1990), and
_Early Lithographed Music_ (1996), among other works on the history of
lithography and printing.
DAVID WARRINGTON, Librarian for Special Collections at the Harvard Law
School since 1986, has worked at the Lilly Library and in the antiquarian
MICHAEL WINSHIP is Professor of English at the University of Texas at
Austin. He edited the final three volumes of the nine-volume _Bibliography
of American Literature_. He is the author of _American Literary Publishing
in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Business of Ticknor and Fields_ (1995).
He has taught annually in RBS since 1983.
HELENA ZINKHAM worked as a reference and technical services librarian at
both the Maryland and New-York Historical societies before joining the
Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, where she is
head of the Technical Services Section.
Terry Belanger : University Professor : University of Virginia
Book Arts Press : 114 Alderman Library : Charlottesville, VA 22903
Tel: 804/924-8851 FAX: 804/924-8824 email: belanger@xxxxxxxxxxxx