History of Libraries Research Seminar

Copyright Literature in St Andrews University Library

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Tue, 3rd Mar 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

This series of research seminars, which are freely open for anyone to attend, has been organised by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research and CILIP's Library and Information History Group.

Seminar convenors: Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library); Dr. Keith A. Manley (National Trust); Professor Simon Eliot (Institute of English Studies); Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary).

Speaker:  Dr Matthew Sangster (University of Birmingham)

During the eighteenth century, the university library at St Andrews was transformed by the accessions of thousands of books, plays and pamphlets sent under the aegis of the 1710 Copyright Act.  This paper will explore the ways that these publications were used and valued by examining the contents of the library's accession records, considering samples from its extensive and detailed borrowing registers and presenting some of the revealing marginalia preserved in surviving books.

Room 104 (First Floor), Senate House

Malet Street
WC1E 7HU London

United Kingdom