Welcome to BHPC

Histoire du livre, History of the Book, Textual Studies, Print Culture, Sociology of the Text: all these names have been used to describe an international academic movement that rose to prominence in the late twentieth century and continues to expand today. Book History creates and applies knowledge of the material, …

Toronto Centre for the Book

The Toronto Centre for the Book was established at the University of Toronto in 1994 by Michael and Jane Millgate (Department of English), Patricia Fleming (Faculty of Information), and others in order to bring together faculty, librarians, students, and members of the general public who are interested in the past, …

Massey College

Massey College was built and furnished by the Massey Foundation in 1963 to house graduate students pursuing advanced studies or professional degrees at the University of Toronto. It provides a congenial intellectual environment for the exchange of opinions and ideas. Members of the College form a multidisciplinary and diverse community …

Student Projects

A requirement for the doctoral program in Book History and Print Culture, the Practicum is an individual project involving the use of primary sources, approved for academic credit by the Program Committee, undertaken under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty, and intended to serve as a bridge …

Recent Articles:

Exploring letterpress typography on campus and in the city

March 13, 2015 News Comments Off on Exploring letterpress typography on campus and in the city

“In a city as massive and concentrated as Toronto, people find themselves bombarded with typography at every turn. From the innumerable books students are expected to read for class to the billboards and advertisements that cover Yonge Street, typography is inescapable. It’s no surprise, then, that many are interested in the process of letterpress. There are numerous presses spanning the city that offer a variety of services for education in the art of letterpress.” You can read more here.

Professor Pamela Klassen wins major German grant for project on public memory

February 1, 2015 News Comments Off on Professor Pamela Klassen wins major German grant for project on public memory

“As Canada comes closer to its sesquicentennial in 2017, what kinds of stories and memorializations of the nation’s past will take centre stage? And what role does religion play in these projects of public memory when today’s public is made up of people from many different countries, cultures and religions?” You can read more here.

New BHPC printing apprentices at Massey College named for 2015

January 28, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on New BHPC printing apprentices at Massey College named for 2015

“iSchool student Julia King has been named the Book History and Printing Culture (BHPC) Apprentice at Massey College for 2015. Julia is a first year Master of Information (MI) student, pursuing Library and Information Sciences (LIS) and BHPC. Joining Julia is the second BHPC Printing Apprentice, Amy Cote, who is a doctoral student in the English department. Since September, Julia and Amy have been volunteering on a regular basis in Massey College’s Bibliography Room, assisting the College’s Printer, Nelson Adams, with the library’s collection of 19th century printing presses and offering other general help around the Robertson Davies Library.” You can read more here.

BHPC director Tom Keymer profiled in U of T News

January 12, 2015 News Comments Off on BHPC director Tom Keymer profiled in U of T News

“As a newly minted citizen, Thomas Keymer takes pleasure in the Canadian symbolism on view from his University College office windows: birch trees, Convocation Hall and the CN Tower.” You can read more here.

BHPC alumnus Eli McLaren to co-organize and co-host SHARP 2015

December 29, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC alumnus Eli McLaren to co-organize and co-host SHARP 2015

“The 23rd annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Longueuil/Montreal (Canada), Tuesday, 7 July, to Friday, 10 July 2015. Hosted by the Groupe de recherches et d’études sur le livre au Québec, the University of Sherbrooke, McGill University and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, SHARP 2015 is a bilingual event. The program will include lectures, keynote addresses, a digital projects showcase, roundtables, lightning papers presented by doctoral students, a poster exhibition featuring the work of master’s students, as well as workshops and excursions.” You can find out more here.

BHPC alumna Alex Kordoski and BHPC student Lauren Williams win SHARP-RBS Scholarships

December 15, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC alumna Alex Kordoski and BHPC student Lauren Williams win SHARP-RBS Scholarships

“Rare Book School [at the University of Virginia] is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Scholarship Committee awards, as well as the first winners of the Buice Scholarships for returning RBS students. Congratulations!” You can read more here.

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library holds diary, drawings of surgeon Owen Stanley

October 7, 2014 News Comments Off on Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library holds diary, drawings of surgeon Owen Stanley

“What do the University of Toronto Library and the discovery of a wrecked ship in the cold waters off Nunavut have in common? More than you would imagine, says Anne Dondertman, associate librarian for special collections and director of U of T’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.” You can find out more here.

Massey News item on BHPC activities in 2013-2014

October 1, 2014 News Comments Off on Massey News item on BHPC activities in 2013-2014

“Based at Massey College since its foundation in 2000, Book History and Print Culture is a collaborative program in which the rich material and human resources of U of T are brought to bear on all aspects of the creation, transmission, and reception of the written word. BHPC has grown to involve sixteen participating departments, faculties and centres across the university, and is internationally renowned as a leading forum for the multidisciplinary investigation of manuscript, print, and digital text and cultures.”You can find out more (see p. 32) here.

BHPC director Tom Keymer to give Oxford’s Clarendon Lectures on literature and censorship

September 26, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC director Tom Keymer to give Oxford’s Clarendon Lectures on literature and censorship

“The Clarendon Lecture series is run across the University of Oxford. The next series will be given by Professor Thomas Keymer, Chancellor Jackman Professor of English at the University of Toronto, in November 2014, and all are welcome. The theme of the 2014 series is ‘Poetics of the Pillory: English Literature and Seditious Libel, 1660-1820’.”  You can read more here.

Back to School: U of T library system ranked in top three with Harvard and Yale

September 12, 2014 News Comments Off on Back to School: U of T library system ranked in top three with Harvard and Yale

“Students entering the University of Toronto this fall have access to the top-ranked library system in Canada, according to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The ARL recently ranked the U of T library system one of the top three in North America, after Harvard and Yale. The only Canadian university in the top 10, U of T has placed among the ARL’s top five research libraries since 2002-2003.”  You can read more here.

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