Events


Wednesday, December 14 at 6:00 pm251 Benefit Street, Providence A special viewing of new acquisitions, featuring the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and additional items acquired during the past few years. Highlights include: Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution (1838), inscribed by Emerson to Thoreau Autographed […]

Exhibition & Reception at the Providence Athenaeum


Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00pm The Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street, Providence Headquarters of the RI Historical Society Ten members brought books from their collection as discussion-starters, either recent acquisitions or old favorites. On display was the “old drop scene” (acquired in 1833) and the large “before” and “after” prints, […]

JRBS Show-and-Tell


The Annual Meeting of the JRBS will take place virtually on Monday, March 28, at 6:30pm. Our speaker will be Rebecca More, a member of the Hroswitha Club (and the JRBS) and a collector of many subjects, most notably gardening and French cookery. Professor More received her M.A. and Ph.D. from […]

JRBS Annual Meeting 2022




Our kickoff event will be a presentation and discussion on auctions by Spencer W. Stuart–how they have worked traditionally, how they have changed during the pandemic, and how they are affecting the rare book trade. Please save the date: Saturday, October 2 at 2:00pm (Zoom LINK) To enhance the conversation, the speaker encourages attendees […]

Welcome to the 2021-22 season of the JRBS!




Please join us on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 5:30pm at the Archives + Special Collections Reading Room, Fleet Library at RISD (15 Westminster Street). Claudia Covert will be presenting a report on last’s year activities (18/19) with a budget update.  Then we will be having a discussion about the […]

Bartlett Society Meeting



Lecture by Katherine M. Ruffin, Director of the Book Studies Program and Lecturer in Art at Wellesley College, and Vice President for Publications for APHA. Followed by an open house in the Book Arts Lab Saturday, March 9, 2019 2:00 pm Library Lecture Room, First Floor of Clapp Library Wellesley College […]

Books as Portals: Reading and Responding to Historical Collections in ...



Logo of the Boston International Book Fair
Open to all, Come with the John Russell Bartlett Society to Boston. Attend the book and ephemera fairs on November 17, 2018, 1pm-5pm. RSVP by Saturday, November 10, 2018 to bartlettsociety@gmail.com. The John Russell Bartlett Society is a group of Rhode Island book collectors, book crafts-people, and book readers who […]

Field Trip to the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair