Ronald D. Patkus Associate Director of the Libraries for Special Collections and Adjunct Associate Professor of History on the Frederick Weyerhaeuser Chair
Ronald Patkus is a native of Connecticut. He received a BA from Boston College (1986), an MA and Certificate in Archival Management from the University of Connecticut (1987), an MS in Library Science from Simmons College (1993), and a PhD in History from Boston College (1997). Mr. Patkus serves as Associate Director of the Libraries for Special Collections and is a member of the History Department. He holds the Frederick Weyerhaeuser Endowed Chair in Biblical Literature and Bibliography. His teaching and research interests focus on the history of books and printing.
- BA, Boston College; MLS, Simmons College; MA, University of Connecticut; PhD, Boston College
- At Vassar since 2000
Research and Academic Interests
- GRST 289/MEDS 289. Homer's Odyssey: From Oral Composition to Digital Editions
- MEDS 280. The Book in America
- MRST 220. Detectives in the Archive: Reading Medieval and Renaissance Texts
- MEDS 317/RELI 317. The Printed Bible
- MEDS 250 The Book as Medium
The Privately Printed Bible: Private and Fine Press Editions of Biblical Texts in the British Isles and North America, 1892-2000 (2017)
“The Age of Alice: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Nonsense in Victorian England,” in The Age of Alice: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Nonsense in Victorian England, (2015)
“The Nuremberg Chronicle: Background, Production, Legacy,” in Never Before Has Your Like Been Printed: The Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493, (2014)
Shirley Jones and the Red Hen Press (2013)
“Building a Repository of Artists’ Books from the Women’s Studio Workshop,” Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from the Women’s Studio Workshop, (2010)
Ars Omnia Tuetur: 25 Years of Fine Printing at the Thornwillow Press (2010)
In the Media
A Map to Our Treasures
Special Collections is nearing the end of a six-year project to catalogue more than 25,000 books, folios, and other items, providing a digital record of the full contents of the Archives and Special Collections that will be available to faculty, students, and researchers around the world.
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