ffiliations with other societies and associations around the world broadens our resources and allows scholars to share information. The organizations listed below are just a few of those which may be of interest. The descriptions are drawn from their websites, where more complete information can be found. To add or correct information on this page, contact the
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American Antiquarian Society. An independent research library whose collections document the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.
American Printing History Association. Encourages the study of printing history and its related arts and skills, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing. APHA is especially, but by no means exclusively, interested in American printing history.
aaDH: Australaisan Assocaition of Digital Historians. The professional association acts to support and extend links between digital humanities researchers, improve professional development opportunities and provide international leverage for local projects and initiatives.
Bibliographical Society (UK). Founded in 1892, the Bibliographical Society is the senior learned society dealing with the study of the book and its history. The Society aims to promote and encourage study and research in the fields of historical, analytical, descriptive and textual bibliography and the history of printing, publishing, bookselling, bookbinding and collecting; to hold meetings at which papers are read and discussed; to print and publish a journal and books concerned with bibliography; to maintain a bibliographical library; and to support bibliographical research by awarding grants and bursaries.
Book History Research Network (formerly the Book History Postgraduate Network). Established in 1998 by the former Book Trade History Group in co-operation with the Institute for English Studies at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. Aims to bring together book history researchers through Study Days, conferences and email contact, and create a register of researchers.
Center for the Book, Library of Congress. Using the resources of the Library of Congress, its mission is to stimulate interest in books and reading, including literacy and library promotion and encouraging the historical study of books, reading, and the printed word.
Dictionary Society of North America. With more than 400 members in 40 countries, the Society brings together people interested in dictionary making, study, collection, and use.
Early Book Society. Formed to bring together all those who are interested in any aspect of the study of manuscripts and early printed books.
Edinburgh Bibliographical Society. Encourages study in the fields of bibliography, the book trade, the history of scholarship and libraries, and book collecting, particularly as they relate to Scottish interests.
Printing Historical Society, London. Fosters interest in the history of printing and encourages both the study and the preservation of printing machinery, records, and equipment of historical value.
Society for Book Research in Austria. Promotes in-depth research on the book trade in Austria and co-ordinates study in the field, keeping a running bibliography of new publications and points to deficits in book history scholarship.
Society for Textual Scholarship. An international organization of scholars working in textual studies, editing and editorial theory, electronic textualities, and issues of textual culture across a wide variety of disciplines.
Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies. (WAGPCS) aims to provide a regular, monthly forum for those interested in book history and print culture studies and welcomes the participation of everyone interested in print culture (of any period or place).
Asociación Española de Bibliografía (Spanish Bibliographical Association) Encourages the study of the history of the book, bibliography, and national bibliographical production.
Bibliographical Society (Great Britain). Founded in 1892, the Bibliographical Society is the senior learned society dealing with the study of the book and its history. The Society aims to promote and encourage study and research in the fields of historical, analytical, descriptive and textual bibliography and the history of printing, publishing, bookselling, bookbinding and collecting; to hold meetings at which papers are read and discussed; to print and publish a journal and books concerned with bibliography; to maintain a bibliographical library; and to support bibliographical research by awarding grants and bursaries.
Melbourne Museum of Printing. Australia's working and teaching museum of typography and printing, specializing in retention of traditional printing, both the equipment and the knowledge.
The National Print Museum of Ireland. Collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of printing craft and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland.
Printing Museum, Tokyo. Its primary objective is to explain the value and potential of printing as a form of communications media, and deepen the general public's understanding and interest in printing.
British Association of Paper Historians. Aims to bring together those interested inpaper, papermaking, conservation, mill and company histories, papermakers, machinery manufacture and development, and watermarks
International Association of Paper Historians. Facilitates communication between paper historians, archivists, librarians, conservators, art historians, specialists in books, printing and technology, associations of the paper and publishing industries, and handicrafts and art dealing with paper.
IFLA Library History Special Interest Group. Part of the international body representing the interests of library and information servicesand their users, this group concentrates on themes of library history, and experience of general significance, and theoretical foundations of the field.
Library History Roundtable. Part of the ALA, to encourage research and publication on library history and promote awareness and discussion of historical issues in librarianship.
Stationers' Hall and Stationers' Company, London. A Livery Company of the City of London, connected with the communication industries derived from the original trades, including printing, papermaking, packaging, office products, advertising, design, photography, film and video production and publishing of books, newspapers, periodicals and electronic media.
SHARP works in concert with a number of scholarly organizations around the world to encourage the study of book history, broadening our resources and allowing us to share information. As part of this scholarly outreach, many SHARP members serve as liaisons to scholarly organizations. Their role is to facilitate communications between the organizations in a variety of ways. A list of current liaisons is available online.