Monday, November 3, 2014

Vesalius in St. Louis

Vesalius conference in February 2015

Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University are hosting a symposium to celebrate the life and work of Andreas Vesalius from February 26-28th, 2015. This interdisciplinary symposium will celebrate the 500-year anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), founder of the study of modern human anatomy. Saint Louis University and Washington University will jointly host three days of events especially inspired by the landmark publication of Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica (Basel, 1543 and 1555) and the new critical edition and translation of this work, the New Fabrica. The conference program will feature a roster of internationally-renowned speakers, including keynote speakers Daniel Garrison, Malcolm Hast, and Sachiko Kusukawa. In addition to the presentation of academic papers of leading research, the schedule will also include an anatomy demonstration, rare books workshops, and a publishers’ exhibit hall.

Information about the conference is available here: and registration is now available here: The base price for registration is $25, with the option to purchase lunch at an additional price. Registration CLOSES on February 20, 2015.

The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program

The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, 2015-16 Program Cycle

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards two stipends of up to $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to spend a month or more conducting research with our materials. 

The holdings of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library are substantial. Comprehensive collections support research in printing and printing history, Renaissance studies, Elizabethan and Stuart life and letters, John Milton and his age, emblem studies, economic history, and works on early science and natural history. The library also houses the papers of such diverse literary figures as Carl Sandburg, H. G. Wells, William Maxwell, and W. S. Merwin.

For information about this program, how to apply, and to find out more about The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, please visit our Web site at:

Please contact the Public Programs Manager, Dennis Sears, with further questions about the program or the Rare Book & Manuscript Library:

Or email Dennis: dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu.   

Deadline for application: *1 February 2015*.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

University of St Andrews Library Visiting Scholarship Scheme

University of St Andrews Library Visiting Scholarship Scheme

To celebrate the opening of our new Research Library, the University of St Andrews instituted in 2014 a new scheme of visiting scholarships.  These scholarships are intended to underwrite the costs of a period of work with our library’s Special Collections.  Six scholars were chosen for summer residency in 2014 (for more information, click here), and it is intended to appoint a similar number in 2015.

St Andrews University has an outstanding collection of books, archives and photography, accumulated throughout the six hundred years since the University’s foundation.  The collection is especially rich in the History of Science, Theology and Church History, Literary Studies and Photography.  In addition to a substantial collection of incunabula and early printed books, the library has a significant eighteenth-century collection dating from its period as a Copyright Library (1710-1836).  The archives also include an exceptional collection of 15th -16th century materials relating to Fife and to the University and city of St Andrews.

The scholarships are open to all interested researchers, whether or not affiliated to a university.  Applications for 2015 should be submitted electronically on the attached application form by 10 January 2015.  A longer description of the research highlights of the St Andrews Special Collections can be downloaded here.  Further enquiries can be addressed to the Acting Head of Special Collections, Mrs Rachel Hart, at

Daryl Green
Rare Books Librarian
Special Collections Division
University of St Andrews Library
Library Annexe
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9WH

Tel: 01334 462325
Echoes from the Vault: a blog from the Special Collections of the University of St Andrews

The Reading Room of the Special Collections Division of the University Library is located in the Martyrs Kirk Research Library on North Street. Original material must be booked in advance, since the collections are not stored on site. Please contact us on or 01334-462339 .

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No SC013532