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[BKARTS] Barbara A. Shailor to lecture at Wells College



The Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that Barbara A.
Shailor will present the 18th Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Book
Arts Lecture at Wells College.

Ms. Shailor's lecture, entitled "Bibliophile or Biblioclast: The Unusual
Career of Otto Ege," will focus on the extraordinary life of Otto Ege,
educator, book collector and rare book dealer. Otto Ege (1888-1951) was
chair of the Department of Teacher Training and instructor of Lettering,
Layout, and Typography at the Cleveland Institute of Art and instructor of
History and Art of the Book for the School of Library Science at what is now
Case Western Reserve University.Today, students and scholars of medieval
manuscripts and early printed materials can find numerous "Otto Ege
Portfolios" and individual leaves from manuscripts and printed books in
libraries, archives, and private collections across the United States. Egešs
practice of buying volumes (usually incomplete) and then dismembering the
volumes into separate leaves is as controversial now as it was during his
lifetime. Was he a true lover of books who wished to share his passion for
the history of the book, or was he a destroyer of our cultural heritage?

The lecture will be given at 8:00 pm on Monday, September 8 in the Art
Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus. The event is
free and open to the public. A reception in Morgan Hall will follow the
lecture to view an exhibit of manuscripts from the Long Library Rare Book
Room. This exhibit will be on display from Monday, 8 September until Friday,
3 October 2003.

Barbara A. Shailor is the Deputy Provost for the Arts and the former
Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale
University. She served as Dean of Douglass College and Professor of Classics
at Rutgers University, and as Professor of Classics for 21 years at Bucknell
University. She is the author of the three-volume Catalogue of Medieval and
Renaissance Manuscripts at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
Yale University (1984-1993) and of the frequently reprinted The Medieval
Book: Catalogue of an Exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript
Library (1988). She has published extensively in the area of Visigothic
paleography and monastic book production in medieval Spain. Dr. Shailor has
received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American
Philosophical Society, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She
serves as Trustee for the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. She also teaches the
popular The Book in the Manuscript Era at Rare Book School at the University
of Virginia. 

The lecture series is made possible through the Heiland-Garretson Book Arts
Lecture Fund, established by Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 and sustained
through the generosity of her family.

Inspired by Victor Hammer, founder of the Wells College Press and an
internationally-renowned calligrapher, painter, printer and type designer,
the Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas
of book arts and technologies. Students in Wells book arts classes learn the
history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills in the
fabrication of books. They gain international perspective on book arts with
visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field
trips to the area's remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills
and binderies. Current classes teach design, typography, the evolution of
letterforms, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and the history of the book.
Though it embraces historical arts and technologies, the Center is not an
atavistic curiosity; it actively investigates and incorporates
innovations of our digital age. The Wells Book Arts Center supports the
mission of the College by revealing the essential role of the book in
Western culture and the liberal arts.

Wells College was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of the Wells
Fargo and American Express companies. Wells had a vision of creating an
institution to advance women through liberal arts education. Today, Wells
College continues this tradition by offering quality academic programs to
women from across the United States and several foreign countries. Wells
College is dedicated to preparing women for the challenges and opportunities
of the 21st century. The college is located in the beautiful village of
Aurora, on Cayuga Lake, between Ithaca and Auburn, New York.

For more information about this event, please contact the Wells Book Arts
Center by phone at 315-364-3420 or by email at bookartscenter@wells.edu, or
visit us on the world-wide web at http://www.wells.edu/bookarts

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Wells Book Arts Center
Wells College
170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026

315-364-3420
bookartscenter@wells.edu



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