Dr Ruth Frendo , our Archivist, has been made aware of the following opportunity in the US:
This summer, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia will be offering 37 of its intensive, five-day courses focused on the history of manuscript, print, and digital materials. We are especially pleased to highlight H-80: The Stationers’ Company to 1775, taught by Ian Gadd (Professor of English at Bath Spa University and President of SHARP, 2013–17). The course runs 2–7 June at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts in Philadelphia.
Professor Gadd will survey the shifting role and character of the Company up to the Carnan court case of 1775, and will also provide a practical guide to using the Company’s key records in their manuscript and edited forms. Topics include the Company’s structure, regulatory powers, and membership; the Stationers’ Register and other records; the ‘English Stock'; the Company’s relationship with authors; its relationship with other London companies as well as city and national authorities; and its corporate identity.
Rare Book School at the University of Virginia provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and skill levels to study the history of written, printed, and digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. At various times during the year, RBS offers about 40 five-day courses on topics concerning book history, cultural heritage, digital initiatives and preservation, the curation of archives, and the care for and study of books and manuscripts. Most courses are limited to twelve students, who make a full-time commitment to any course they attend. The majority of courses take place in Charlottesville, Virginia, but courses are also offered elsewhere throughout the United States, including in New York City; Philadelphia; Bloomington, Indiana; New Haven, Connecticut; Cambridge and Amherst, Massachusetts; and Washington, DC.
Applications for H-80 are now being accepted on a rolling basis until each one fills; anyone who would like more information should visit www.rarebookschool.org for course details, previous student evaluations, and instructions for applying.