Bibliographical Society of America

aka BSA   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  bibsocamer.org

Mission

The Bibliographical Society of America is an international, interdisciplinary scholarly organization that fosters the study of books and other textual artifacts in traditional and emerging formats. BSA pursues this mission by hosting public programs, funding scholarly research, conferring awards, issuing publications, and collaborating with related organizations.

Ruling year info

1951

Executive Director

Erin McGuirl

Main address

67 West St. STE 401 Unit C17

Brooklyn, NY 11222 USA

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EIN

13-1632509

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Printing, Publishing (A33)

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Monographs

The Society maintains an active publishing program and is responsible for many landmark bibliographical publications. Among these are Joseph Sabin’s Bibliotheca Americana, continued by Eames and Vail (1936), Margaret Stillwell’s second and Frederick Goff’s third census of Incunabula in American Libraries (1940, 1964), as well as the Supplement to Goff (1972), and C. U. Faye’s and W. H. Bond’s Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (1962). The Society also supervised preparation and publication of the Bibliography of American Literature (1955–1991).

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Adults

Since 1907 the Society has published the distinguished quarterly journal Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. PBSA features articles and reviews on a rich variety of bibliographical and book history topics, including printing, binding, publication, distribution, collecting, and textual analysis. Individual subscriptions to the journal are available only through membership in the Bibliographical Society of America.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In accordance with its identity as “an international, interdisciplinary scholarly organization that fosters the study of books and other textual artifacts in traditional and emerging formats,” the Bibliographical Society of America pursues its mission by hosting public
programs and collaborating with related organizations. The BSA maintains an active supports bibliographical teaching, learning, and scholarship by sponsoring and co-sponsoring sessions at conferences, talks at book fairs, other public events, as well as initiatives by other organizations, societies, and institutions whose interests align with those of the BSA.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

To support the mission of the Society to foster the study of books and other textual artifacts in traditional and emerging formats, and in keeping with the value which the Society places on the field of bibliography as a critical interpretative framework for understanding such artifacts, the BSA funds a number of fellowships designed to promote bibliographical inquiry and research. Bibliographical projects may range chronologically from clay tablets and papyrus rolls to contemporary literary texts and born-digital materials. Topics relating to books and manuscripts in any field and of any period are eligible for consideration as long as they include analysis of the physical object – that is, the handwritten, printed, or other textual artifact – as historical evidence.

Population(s) Served
Academics

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In 2020 the Council passed our Equity Action Plan. The Equity Action Plan (EAP) is intended to address some long-term issues of inequality within our Society and other learned societies in the United States and internationally, and also issues of diversity and inclusion within the practice of bibliography. Issues of inequality have resulted in members of under-represented groups having had fewer opportunities for advancement and support. The scholarship they produce and bibliographical studies of their textual cultures have been overlooked, unpublished or actively discouraged.

For the full text of the EAP please visit our website at https://bibsocamer.org/about-us/the-society/equity-action-plan/

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Bibliographical Society of America

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2021
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Board chair

Barbara A. Shailor

Yale University

Term: 2019 - 2022

David Meulen

University of Virgina

G. Scott Clemons

Brown Brothers Harriman

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