Symposium on Women in the Book Arts

Keynote Lecture by Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, Artist and Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University

January 21, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grolier Club, New York, NY

This symposium explored women’s contributions to printing, publishing, and the book arts, as well as the contributions of women collectors and book dealers.

Symposium Schedule

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sign in and coffee

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Keynote Lecture

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch on your own

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Remarks by Lisa Unger Baskin

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Panel One (details below)

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Panel Two (details below)

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks


Panel One: Women in Book History: Women as Creators and Consumers of Texts

  • Peter Stallybrass, Director of Seminar in the History of Material Texts and Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania
  • Deborah Coltham, Owner, Deborah Coltham Rare Books
  • Elizabeth Cumming, Honorary Fellow, History of Art, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Moderator: Esther M. Terry, retired president of Bennett College, co-founder of the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Panel Two: The Future is Female and so is the Past: Revealing Women's History

  • Caroline Duroselle-Melish, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints and Associate Librarian for Collection Care and Development, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Elizabeth Denlinger, Curator, Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, New York Public Library
  • Ann D. Gordon, Research Professor Emerita, Department of History and Editor-Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Papers Project, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Moderator: Rebecca Romney, Co-Founder, Type Punch Matrix

The event was broadcast live online.

February 28, 2019 – June 15, 2019
Duke University Libraries

December 11, 2019 – February 8, 2020
Grolier Club, New York City