special collections

Our Bright Young Librarians series continues today with Aaron T. Pratt, the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.

What is your

New York — To counter the hate that has surfaced against Asian American Pacific Islanders due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) announces the establishment of the MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection (“OneWorld Collection”) documenting the proactive steps and incredible acts of generosity and support exhibited by the Chinese in America and the Chinese

Our Bright Young Librarians series continues today with Devin Fitzgerald, Curator for Rare Books and the History of Printing at the UCLA Library Special Collections in California.

Last month, the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, UK, launched a campaign to save the Boulton Baskerville Bible. This was in direct response to the forthcoming March 26 auction at Forum Auctions in London of fine books, manuscripts, and works

Prize Books and Politics, a digital exhibition on Instagram and Twitter that launched on March 5, looks at the history of inscriptions in books at the start of the twentieth century in Britain when a literate working class was making the most of two decades of compulsory education and a dramatic fall in the price of books.

“Book inscriptions offer a unique opportunity to

Florida — The FABS Study Tour of the Tampa Bay area April 22-26, 2020 is now open to all booklovers to sign up and enjoy. Tour participants will be given free one-year membership in the Florida Bibliophile Society. Membership in a FABS sister club is not required.
   
If you want to take a mini Florida vacation in addition to the Tour, the Hotel Indigo has extended its discount

London — UCL has opened submissions for the Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize, to encourage budding book collectors.
 
The prize is offered by UCL Special Collections and is open to any student studying for a degree at a London-based university.
 
Previously the prize was administered by Senate House Library and proved hugely successful. Eight previous winners found

San Marino, CA — The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it is establishing the Shapiro Center for American History and Culture at The Huntington, thanks to a generous gift from L. Dennis and Susan R. Shapiro. Along with financial support, the Shapiros, who make their home both in Los Angeles and Boston, are

New York — The New York Public Library has acquired by purchase and gift a collection of rarely seen Virginia Woolf material, including extensive correspondence, rare printed books, and unique material such as photographs, original artwork, and ephemera (including Woolf’s passport).

The collection of 153 items—which was assembled over five decades by

San Marino, CA — The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has acquired two collections related to abolition and slavery in 19th-century America, including an exceptionally rare account book from the Underground Railroad.

The first group of materials includes the papers of Zachariah Taylor Shugart (1805–