Faculty and students work closely with the Libraries in support of scholarship and research. The holdings of the Special Collections at NYU include the Fales Library of English & American Literature; the Downtown Collection, documenting SoHo and Lower East Side arts, 1970s-1990s; and the radical political focus of the Tamiment collections. Special Collections curators and librarians organize a robust series of events, exhibitions and lectures related to these materials. The annual Fales Lecture, co-sponsored by the English Department and the Fales Special Collections Library, brings to campus distinguished specialists in Book History and related fields, who offer workshops for graduate students during their visit.
Amanda Watson, the Librarian for English and Comparative Literature, and Charlotte Priddle, Director of NYU Special Collections, have compiled a research guide for the history of the book with links to many of the Library’s resources and some recommended books from the main collection. With research interests in print culture and book history, both can speak to students about how the Libraries can support their research at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Priddle, Charlotte. “Eliza Giffard and Her Books, 1797-2015: The Legacies of a Regency Library.” Libraries: Culture, History and Society, vol. 1, no. 2, 2017, pp.153-180.
Watson, Amanda. “‘Each Woman’s Own Piece-Bag’: Patchwork Formats and the Circulation of Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America.” Nineteenth Century Studies, vol. 30, Penn State University Press, 2018, pp. 7–24.
Watson, Amanda. “Shared Reading at a Distance: The Commonplace Books of the Stockton Family, 1812–40.” Book History, vol. 18, no. 1, 2015, pp. 103–33.