The Annual Meeting of The Bibliographical Society of America will be held on Friday 29 January 2010 at the Grolier Club 47 East 60th Street, New York City. An appeal from the Society:
Dear Member and Friend of the Society,
Our distinguished journal, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, has been in print now for over a century, and it is one of the oldest scholarly journals produced by a learned society in North America. Dedicated to the study of printed books and manuscripts as physical objects, it amply fulfills the founding objective of our Society to promote bibliographical research and issue bibliographical publications. It is read throughout the world by scholars, librarians, booksellers, and book collectors alike. It is the herald of our Society and a publication of which we may be proud. I write to you now to ask your help to ensure that this tradition of bibliographical excellence continues through your contribution to a fund that will strengthen and preserve the ongoing publication of our Papers.
Why is it necessary to establish a specially designated endowed fund for the Papers? Even as we read predictions of the end of the printed book and see the demise of print newspapers, these changes in communication technology only highlight the increasing need to understand how texts and ideas circulate and how they are transmitted through history, how they are affected by the physical and cultural circumstances in which they were produced and later read. As a member of the Bibliographical Society of America, you understand the importance of this knowledge, and our Society’s journal is your collective expression of commitment to promoting research and understanding in this field.
But even though our Papers may be recognized as one of the premier venues for bibliographical scholarship, we cannot rest content. Increases in printing and mailing costs are clearly here to stay. Color reproduction is more and more often a concern of scholars seeking to place their work with the best journals. It is our collective responsibility to maintain the health of our publication and ensure that it remains a leader in its field. Your elected Council has met regularly this past year, and continues to do so, in efforts to control costs, balance budgets, and raise new funds to protect the Society and its journal. In the face of these challenges the active engagement of all our members is much desired and appreciated. I hope you will give to the Preservation Fund for The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. Your contribution will help secure the ongoing heritage of our journal. Your gift is tax deductible, and your name will be listed as a generous donor to the Fund. As a graduate student years ago I recall how reading each new issue of PBSA gave me the sense—as I am sure it does to many of our longtime members—of belonging to a supportive and international bibliographical community. Your gift will provide the same sense to other new and continuing members of our community. Thank you for giving generously.
John N. Hoover, President