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Ronald D. Patkus Associate Director of the Library for Special Collections

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). His teaching and research interests focus on the history of books and printing. He serves on the Media Studies Steering Committee.

  • BA, Boston College; M.L.S., Simmons College; MA, University of Connecticut; PhD, Boston College
  • At Vassar since 2000

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Research and Academic Interests

  • History of the book
  • History of private and fine press printing
  • History of the Bible

Courses

  • 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

Selected Publications

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)

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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). His teaching and research interests focus on the history of books and printing. He has produced and edited a number of books and articles, including bibliographies of the Thornwillow Press and Shirley Jones and the Red Hen Press. Most recently Oak Knoll Press published his book The Privately Printed Bible: Private and Fine Press Editions of Biblical Texts in the British Isles and North America, 1892-2000 (2017)He is currently expanding this study by focusing on Europe. Mr. Patkus has received grants for study from the British Council, the Rotary Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University. He presently offers a course on The Book in America (Media Studies) and co-teaches The Book as Medium (Media Studies), Detectives in the Archives: Reading Medieval and Renaissance Texts (Medieval and Renaissance Studies), and Homer's Odyssey: From Oral Composition to Digital Editions. Previously he co-taught The Reformation Era and The Bible as Book (Media Studies). Mr. Patkus serves as Associate Director of the Libraries for Special Collections, and Liaison to the Departments of Italian, and German; he regularly offers classes on primary sources in the library to students in a variety of courses.