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 2021

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, Volume Twenty-Two, Number 1, Spring 2021

Research Article

Spring 2021

Silences in the LAMs: Digital Surrogacy in the Time of Pandemic, an Introduction

Beth Lander

In 2018, seven partners within the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL)—the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Pennsylvania Hospital, The Library Company, and the American Philosophical Society—received funding through the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Digitizing Hidden Collections program to digitize all extant records documenting early medical education in Philadelphia. This project, For the Health of the New Nation ...

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DBQ: Document-based Quarantine

Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

This paper presents how one school and one special library handled the first months of quarantine and remote teaching and learning as COVID-19 hit the United States in spring 2020. While teaching with archives has long been a part of the professional discourse ...

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Treating the Digital Disease: The Role of Digital and Physical Primary Sources in Undergraduate Teaching

Melissa Grafe

In early 2019, a Yale University research team composed of librarians and staff from the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning engaged in an Ithaka S+R study investigating the teaching needs of instructors using primary sources at the undergraduate level in the humanities and social sciences. ...

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Chronicling Resistance while Cloistered: Overcoming Erasure, Omission, and Alienation in the Archive

Mariam I. Williams

This paper examines the ways the Philadelphia-based Chronicling Resistance project is breaking down or reinforcing the silencing of historically marginalized populations in the archives and the ways the shuttering of archives during the coronavirus pandemic has affected those populations’ access to ...

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Curating History in the COVID19 Era: Philadelphia Epidemics and Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Medical Education

Anne Ricculli

Physician and educator Henry Hartshorne’s manuscript medical school lecture notes serve as a remarkable record of the response by faculty and women students in Philadelphia to transitions from post-bellum education to scientific, laboratory-based curriculum. ...

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