Rossell Hope Robbins Library

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THE ROSSELL HOPE ROBBINS LIBRARY
& KOLLER-COLLINS CENTER FOR ENGLISH STUDIES

416 RUSH RHEES LIBRARY     (585) 275-0110
Director: Anna Siebach-Larsen, PhD
Section Supervisor: Katie Papas

ABOUT THE ROSSELL HOPE ROBBINS LIBRARY

The Rossell Hope Robbins Library is a non-circulating medieval studies library at the University of Rochester. The Library contains comprehensive holdings across medieval history, literature, art, and culture, with particular strength in the British Isles. It has significant holdings in vernacular literatures, Arthurian studies, material culture, the medieval Mediterranean, medieval history, the history of science, art and stained glass, philosophy, theology, manuscript studies, the history of the book, witchcraft, critical theory, and medievalism. It also has a substantial collection of rare books and incunabula, as well as artist books. The Robbins Library is open to all users.

 

The core collection was donated by noted Middle English scholar Rossell Hope Robbins and his wife, Helen Ann Mins Robbins. Helen Ann, Rossell and his sister, Marjorie Hope Robbins, have endowed ongoing acquisition of material.

The Robbins Library is also home to the Koller-Collins Center for English Studies, a reference collection for literary study. This collection comprises major reference materials and handbooks for literary history, critical theory, the history of the book, and the digital humanities. You can learn more about this collection here.

ROBBINS LIBRARY DIGITAL PROJECTS

arthurian image on a tile, next to the link for The Camelot Project

The Camelot Project

Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information

image of TEAMS or METS edition of John Gower, next to the link to TEAMS METS

METS (Middle English Texts Series)

Online full text of Middle English works, with glosses and notes

image of Robin Hood,  next to the link for The Robin Hood Project

The Robin Hood Project

Texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information

Map of Jerusalem

The Crusades Project

The Crusades in English Literature

The Cinderella Bibliography

Annotated bibliography of Cinderella and Beauty & the Beast

Visualizing Chaucer

Images illustrating Chaucer's works and a bibliography of illustrated editions

USEFUL LINKS

Medieval Studies LibGuide
Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection
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Helen Ann Mins Robbins Fellowship
Helen Ann Robbins Lecture Series

ROBBINS LIBRARY PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

UPCOMING EVENTS

Weekly Events

Tuesdays (5-6): Paleography Working Group

 

Lectures, Workshops, and Seminars

April 16: Helen Ann Mins Lecture: Dr. Maureen Miller (University of California, Berkeley)

 

Fall 2019

September 27 (1 - 4 pm): Primary Source Workshop, "Medieval Charters: what they are and how to use them" (Dr. Megan Welton, Utrecht University)

October 10 (5 pm): Lecture by Dr. Kara McShane (Ursinus College)

October 11 (10 am): Graduate student seminar with Dr. Kara McShane

November 8: Medieval Gaming (all-day event, iZone)

November 14 (5 pm): Lecture by Dr. Nancy Bradley Warren (sponsored by the Premodern Cluster)

November 15 (10 am - 4:30 pm): "Time Bound: A Workshop on Computus in Medieval Manuscripts" (Dr. Danielle Joyner, Lawrence University, & Dr. Megan McNamee, Warburg Institute)

December 12 - 19: CNY Humanities Corridor Codicology Workshop with Dr. Ilya Dines (Library of Congress)

 

Medieval Movies and Discussions

Medieval movies and discussion nights are held on Tuesdays at 5 pm, and are open to the University of Rochester community.

January 28: The Seventh Seal

February 25: TBD

March 31: TBD

April 28: TBD

 

Coffee Hours

Our monthly coffee hours are Thursdays, 11-12, and are open to all:

January 23

February 13

March 19

April 23

 

CURRENT EXHIBIT

"SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT: THE EXPERIENCE OF ADOLESCENCE IN THE MIDDLE AGES"

Curated by Ada Wightman, B.A. History and International Relations (Class of 2021)

Smells like Teen Spirit explores the unique experience of lower and middle class adolescents during the late Middle Ages. The concept of adolescence as we know it today did not exist until the early modern period, and legally, adolescents were labelled adults beginning at age twelve to fourteen during the Middle Ages. This exhibit paints a picture of the parallel and divergent social structures that shaped the progression from childhood to adulthood in the western medieval world and today.

 

     

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