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:

Professor Heather MacNeil receives Talman Award from Archives Association of Ontario

June 10, 2015 News Comments Off on Professor Heather MacNeil receives Talman Award from Archives Association of Ontario

“The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) has chosen iSchool Professor Heather MacNeil as the 2015 recipient of its James J. Talman Award. According to the AAO awards committee, the honour is given to ‘an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding level of imagination and innovation in contribution to the profession, his/her institution, or the archival community, or pioneered in any aspect of archival work.’” You can read more here.

Professor Peter Blayney becomes Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers

May 12, 2015 News Comments Off on Professor Peter Blayney becomes Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers

“There were only two people to make free of the Company this morning; Peter Blayney who wrote the two volume work The Stationers’ Company and the Printers of London, 1501-1557 and who had travelled all the way from Canada with his wife Leslie Thomson for the Freedom Ceremony … Peter Blayney will be matching his research trips to the UK with events at the Hall and has managed to make this one cover his Freedom Ceremony and the Archive Evening next week.” You can read more here.

New book about publication and reputation by former BHPC director Heather Jackson

April 19, 2015 News Comments Off on New book about publication and reputation by former BHPC director Heather Jackson

Those Who Write for Immortality is part of a larger genre of literary criticism. It’s sometimes called book history, or (if we’re being formal) the history of the book. Sometimes, book history focusses on the physical aspects of reading. Often, though, the history of the book is actually the history of the people who work with books—publishers, editors, reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and so on. Literary fame, Jackson writes, is not a disembodied process; it’s created by people who, sometimes without knowing it, coöperate across time in a vast reputational enterprise.” You can read more here (New Yorker) and here (Times Higher Education).

Guggenheim Fellowships deliver a hat-trick for the Humanities

April 18, 2015 News Comments Off on Guggenheim Fellowships deliver a hat-trick for the Humanities

“From turning points in pre-Nazi Germany and the rise of eugenics in Bolshevik Russia, to traces of libel and sedition in 18th-century British literature, three promising humanities projects at the University of Toronto are getting a boost from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. James Retallack of the Department of History, Nikolai Krementsov of the Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology, and Thomas Keymer of the Department of English were among 175 scholars, artists and scientists from across the United States and Canada recently named fellows of the foundation, chosen from over 3,100 applicants.” You can read more here.

Former BHPC director Will Robins appointed thirteenth president of Victoria College

April 13, 2015 News Comments Off on Former BHPC director Will Robins appointed thirteenth president of Victoria College

“At a time when universities are attempting to respond to the demand for ‘job-ready’ graduates with statistics proving their alumni’s skills, one university has gladly chosen a humanities teacher and learner as its new president. William Robins, a Chaucer expert whose research has focused on the development of medieval literature from popular story-telling to high art, will become the president of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.” You can read more here.

BHPC alumnus Joe Culpepper writes in The Walrus about magic posters at the McCord Museum, Montreal

March 18, 2015 News Comments Off on BHPC alumnus Joe Culpepper writes in The Walrus about magic posters at the McCord Museum, Montreal

“I am staring into the eyes of Harry Houdini. Here he stands, taller than me, with arms casually folded. I move closer to determine the colour of his irises. Our faces are just centimetres apart. Then it happens: he blinks.” You can read more here.

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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto), “What Was the Cost of Books in Chaucer’s Time?”

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  2. Jonathan Senchyne (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Slavery and the History of the Book in America”

    Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  3. 2018 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium

    Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  4. Annual General Meeting

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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