New Issue: RBM

RBM Vol 21, No 2 (2020)

Editor’s Note
Richard Saunders

Research Articles

The Past, Present, and Future of Special Collections Library Literature
Melanie Griffin

No Mere Culinary Curiosities: Using Historical Cookbooks in the Library Classroom
Kathryn G. Matheny

Picking Up the Pieces: Library Processes and the Theft of Rare Materials
Greg Seppi, Dainan Skeem

Book Reviews

Bernard Meehan. The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin, fully revised and updated edition.
Diana La Femina

Kathy Peiss. Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe.
Joshua C. Youngblood

Michael Vinson. Bluffing Texas Style: The Arsons, Forgeries, and High-Stakes Poker Capers of Rare Book Dealer Johnny Jenkins.
Brian Shetler

New Issue: RBM

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage Vol 21, No 1 (2020)

Editor’s Note (this is to you)
Richard Saunders

Research Articles

Toward Inclusive Outreach: What Special Collections Can Learn from Disability Studies
Kevin M. O’Sullivan, Gia Alexander

Early Book Collections and Modern Audiences: Harnessing the Identity/ies of Book Collections as Collective Resources
Leah Tether, Laura Chuhan Campbell

Book Reviews

A Companion to the History of the Book, 2nd edition. Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose, eds.
Jessie Sherwood

Nicholas S. Paliewicz and Marouf Hasian Jr. The Securitization of Memorial Space: Rhetoric and Public Memory.
Lena Newman

Participatory Archives: Theory and Practice. Edward Benoit, III and Alexandra Eveleigh, eds.
Lauren Goss

Peter Botticelli, Martha R. Mahard, and Michèle V. Cloonan. Libraries, Archives, and Museums Today: Insights from the Field.
Greta Reisel Browning

Laura A. Millar. A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age.
Laura J. French

Trusting Records in the Cloud.
Tamara E. Livingston

New Issue: RBM

Vol 20, No 2 (2019), Fall
Table of Contents

Editor’s Note
Richard Saunders

Research Articles
Teaching Creative Writing in Special Collections
Alison Fraser

The Positive Side of Eliciting Negative Emotions: Survey Results of Visitor Responses to a Library Exhibit
Meg Frost, Caitlyn Towne-Anderson, Kendal Ferguson

An Independent Study Course by an Academic Library Department: Teaching with the Gems of Special Collections
Judy L. Silva, Barbara McIntosh

Book Reviews
Trevor Owens. The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation.
Dan Noonan

Gerald Vizenor. Native Provenance: The Betrayal of Cultural Creativity.
Ricardo L. Punzalan

Recent Issue: RBM

Spring 2019
Editor’s Note
Richard Saunders. “Editor’s Note.”

Research Articles
Maggie Gallup Kopp. “Internships in Special Collections: Experiential Pedagogy, Intentional Design, and High-Impact Practice.”

Sarah Wilkinson. “Who Owns these Records? Authority, Ownership, and Custody of Iraq’s Baath Party Records.”

Book Reviews

Cassie Brand. Eric Marshall White. Editio Princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible.

Katherine Fisher. Michèle Valerie Cloonan. The Monumental Challenge of Preservation: The Past in a Volatile World.

Tamara E. Livingston. Paul Conway and Martha O’Hara Conway. Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective: Proceedings of Symposium, November 3 and 4, 2016, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Richard L. Saunders. John Carter’s ABC for Book Collectors, 9th edition. Nicholas Barker and Simran Thadani, eds. and Sidney E. Berger. The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others.


New Issue: RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage

Vol 19, No 2 (2018)

Editor’s Note

Richard Saunders. “Editor’s Note.”

Research Articles

Cyndi Shein, Hannah E. Robinson, and Hana Gutierrez. “Agility in the Archives: Translating Agile Methods to Archival Project Management.”

Michael L. Taylor. “Special Collections Exhibitions: How They Pay Dividends for Your Library.”

Ryan Prendergast and Kristen Totleben. “Course Design, Images, and the Class-Curated Exhibit.”

Book Reviews

Amy Hildreth Chen. The Pioneer Americanists: Early Collectors, Dealers, and Bibliographers. J. Kevin Graffagnino, Terese M. Austin, Jayne Ptolemy, and Brian Leigh Dunnigan, eds

Jillian Sparks. Debbie Lee and Kathryn Newfont. The Land Speaks: New Voices at the Intersection of Oral and Environmental History.

Michelle Urberg. Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives by Aaron D. Purcell. Developing Digital Scholarship, Alison MacKenzie and Lindsey Martin, eds.

New Issue: RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage

Vol 19, No 1 (2018)
(open access)

Editor’s Note (read it this time, please)
Richard Saunders


Rare Book and Special Collections in Overview: Producing a National Directory
Karen Attar

References to Archival Materials in Scholarly History Monographs
Kris Bronstad

Touch Tables for Special Collections Libraries: Curators Creating User Experiences
Anna Dysert, Sharon Rankin, Darren N. Wagner

Making Book History: Engaging Maker Culture and 3D Technologies to Extend Bibliographical Pedagogy
Courtney Jacobs, Marcia McIntosh, Kevin M. O’Sullivan

Book Reviews

Peter Devereaux and Carla Diane Hayden. The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures.
Kathy Marquis

Alison Cullingford. The Special Collections Handbook, Second Edition.
Keith Phelan Gorman

Freda Matassa. Valuing Your Collection.
Colleen Barrett

David Thomas, Simon Fowler, and Valerie Johnson. The Silence of the Archive.
Tamara E. Livingston

Recent Issue: RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage

RBM, Vol 18, No 1 (2017)
(open access)

Editor’s Note
Jennifer K. Sheehan

Research Articles

Distortion of Content and Endangered Archives: A Case Study of a Donation to the American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Mariette Atallah

“It’s Not Human!”: Another Example of Anthropodermic Bibliopegy Discredited
Gerald Chaudron

Social Media as Entrée into Special Collections Reference Works
Jason W. Dean, Emily Grover

Spies in the Archive: Acquiring Revolutionary War Spy Letters Through Community Engagement
Kristen J. Nyitray, Sally Stieglitz

Book Reviews

Kate Vieira. American by Paper: How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy.
Mary A. Caldera

Forging the Future of Special Collections, edited by Arnold Hirshon, Robert H. Jackson, and Melissa Hubbard.
Jolie Braun

G. Thomas Tanselle. Portraits and Reviews.
Daniel J. Slive

New Issue: RBM

Fall 2016, Volume 17, Issue 2


Editor’s Note
Jennifer Sheehan


Collaborative Social Media Campaigns and Special Collections: A Case Study on #ColorOurCollections
Anne Garner, Johanna Goldberg, and Rebecca Pou

In the Flesh? Anthropodermic Bibliopegy Verification and Its Implications
Jacob Gordon

From Peshawar to Kabul: Preserving Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage during Wartime
Laila Hussein Moustafa

A Constructivist Approach for Introducing Undergraduate Students to Special Collections and Archival Research
Silvia Vong

Book Reviews

A Great Library Easily Begets Affection: Memories of the William L. Clements Library 1923–2015. Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Cheney J. Schopieray, Emiko Hastings, and J. Kevin Gaffagnino, eds. Ann Arbor: William L. Clements Library University of Michigan Press, 2015. 169p.
Libby Hertenstein

Wolfgang Ernst. Stirrings in the Archives: Order from Disorder. Translated by Adam Siegel. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. vi, 102p.
Simran Thadani


RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (RBM), a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, seeks submissions pertaining to special collections and cultural heritage topics for its spring 2017 issue.

RBM is ACRL’s journal covering issues pertaining to special collections libraries and cultural heritage institutions. Those writing for RBM may include special collections librarians, archivists, preservation officers and conservators, artists, museum professionals, collectors, dealers, filmmakers, performance artists, faculty, students, researchers, and anyone interested in and working to preserve cultural heritage.

RBM represents a wide range of cultural heritage collections, especially the theory and practice of working in and with those materials,” said Editor Jennifer K. Sheehan of The Grolier Club. “I hope that students, practitioners, and academics all feel free to submit their relevant manuscripts for consideration.”

Topics covered in recent issues include:

  • the printing press as living history,
  • online discoverability of collections,
  • successful social media campaigns,
  • preserving cultural heritage during wartime,
  • interlibrary loan of special collections materials, and
  • embracing the future as stewards of the past.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge, and experiences. To be considered for the spring issue, submissions are due to RBM Editor Jennifer Sheehan at by January 1, 2017. Submissions will also be considered on a rolling basis for future issues. Additional information is available on the journal’s website:

CFP: RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage

The Fall 2016 issue of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage is still in-process, but it’s already time for me to start nudging you for Spring 2017. There’s no special theme for this issue, so we’ll take a look at everything (within reason). Here’s a link to the type of content we usually include, in case that’s helpful: Please remember that our journal isn’t just restricted to rare books–we’re interested in content related to working in and with all sorts of cultural heritage collections.

We always need time to peer review and request revisions if necessary, so I’m setting the deadline for the spring issue as the beginning of January. If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can email your submissions and/or questions to me

I hope to see lots of interesting content coming our way. I know that there’s plenty of great research, writing, and exploration going on out there, and I hope you’ll consider sending some of it RBM‘s way.

Jennifer K. Sheehan, Ph.D.
Editor, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage
Exhibitions Manager
The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY  10022
phone: 212/838-6690 ext. 2