RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts & Cultural Heritage (formerly Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship, RBML) is the Association of College & Research Libraries' journal covering issues pertaining to the world inhabited by special collections libraries & cultural heritage institutions.

Current Issue: Spring 2017

Research Article

Spring 2017

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

Gerald Chaudron

In January 2016, the University of Memphis Libraries (UML) announced that the “human skin book” held in the Preservation and Special Collections Department for 30 years did not have an ...

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Editor's Note

Jennifer K. Sheehan

In some ways, this Spring 2017 issue is a natural continuation of what we found in Fall 2016. In these two issues, I’ve been pleased to see (can we call it a “trend” with only two points of reference?) more international content in RBM ...

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

Mariette Atallah

This paper aims to shed light on the challenges related to locating and accessing archival sources on Lebanon and tries to demonstrate the way political, administrative, and ethnic history can determine and justify their availability locally and regionally. ...

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Social Media as Entrée into Special Collections Reference Works

Jason W. Dean and Emily Grover

Librarians in our segment of the profession have an obligation to prepare not only the next generation of librarians, but also the next generation of collectors and scholars who engage with rare books and archival material. This preparation, in which librarians join with a community of scholars and teachers, can take many forms ...

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Spies in the Archive: Acquiring Revolutionary War Spy Letters Through Community Engagement

Kristen J. Nyitray and Sally Stieglitz

Special Collections, a division of Stony Brook University Libraries (SBU Libraries), acquired at auction two American Revolutionary War–era spy letters authored by George Washington. Significant to regional and national historical narratives, the letters document espionage activities in the Three Village area of Long Island, New York, the site of an important war effort known as the Culper Spy Ring. ...

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