We instruct students in proper handling methods and guide them in directly handling and examining rare books.
History and Materiality of the Book
- Students handle and explore rare books to learn how to interpret evidence within the pages and binding of books to understand how books were printed, bound, collected, and used.
- Examining collections materials, students learn about the main periods of book production in the West: the transition from manuscript culture to hand-press printing and later mechanized printing.
Subject-specific rare books sessions
- Students will engage with rare books and collections materials chosen by the archivist and/or course instructor that enhance learning around a particular subject.