Expand your understanding of book history during a Rare Book School course this spring or summer. Our five-day, intensive courses on the history of manuscript, print, and digital materials will be offered at the University of Virginia, The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amherst College, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Indiana University, Bloomington.

Among our thirty-five courses, we are pleased to offer several pertinent to the UVA arts community. The following is a sample of the breadth of the RBS offerings:

  • “The History of Artists’ Books since 1950,” taught by Tony White (of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • “The Identification of Photographic Print Processes,” taught by Alice Carver-Kubic (of the Image Permanence Institute)
  • “The History of 19th- & 20th-Century Typography & Printing,” taught by John Kristensen (of Firefly Press) and Katherine McCanless Ruffin (of Wellesley College)
  • “Book Illustration Processes to 1900,” taught by Terry Belanger (founding Director of Rare Book School)
  • “American Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1800–1900,” taught by Todd Pattison (of the Northeast Document Conservation Center)
  • “The Photographic Book since 1844,” taught by Richard Ovenden (of Oxford University)

Apply by 19 February to be considered in the first round of admissions. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit our website at www.rarebookschool.org for course details, instructions for applying, and evaluations by past students. Contact us at rbsprograms@virginia.edu with questions.

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