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 2022

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, Volume Twenty-Three, Number 1, Spring 2022

Research Article

Spring 2022

Discursive Perpendicularity: Intersections of Black Print Culture Studies and Bibliography

Jesse R. Erickson

The summer of 2020 was a watershed moment in the United States. The brutal murder of George Floyd sparked a national conversation on racial politics that penetrated all aspects of American society. Both the private and the public sectors were forced to grapple with the impact that anti-Black racism has had on Black Americans; and many businesses and institutions were compelled not only to affirm a stated commitment to antiracist practice but also to bring about constructive change within their own organizational operations. ...

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Editor's Note

Richard Saunders

Because this issue has run short (sorry about that; editorial complications), I’ve indulged myself with a bit more of a reflective essay than what normally occupies this spot. COVID has sparked in me a fair bit of thought about the work we do and what we write about as working professionals. ...

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Writing Across the Color Line: U.S. Print Culture and the Rise of Ethnic Literature, 1877–1920

Reviewed by Alison Fraser

Dietrich’s Writing Across the Color Line is one of the most recent titles from the University of Massachusetts Press’ Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book series. Employing archival research to historicize the first major period of publication of “ethnic authors [by] well-known trade publishers” (3), Writing Across the Color Line explores the networks between publisher and book, editor and author, and critic and reviewer. In five case studies presented across four chapters ...

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Indigenous Textual Cultures: Reading and Writing in the Age of Global Empire

Reviewed by Julie K. Tanaka

Indigenous Textual Cultures is a cohesive, well-edited collection of twelve articles written by an international community of experts in indigenous cultures and colonialism. Its geographic scope includes indigenous cultures from Australasia, North America, and the Pacific and is further enhanced with the inclusion of Africa, which has not received the same attention as recent work on indigenous studies in these other areas. ...

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Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation

Reviewed by Bradley J. Wiles

In the LIS and Archival Studies disciplines, attempts to operationalize theoretical frameworks that bring to center critical interpretations of social justice, intersectionality, and EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) are frequently covered in professional literature focusing on institutional policies and programmatic enhancements in real world settings. ...

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