Rossell Hope Robbins Library
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 texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information
Texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information
The Crusades in English Literature
Medieval Studies LibGuide
Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection
Helen Ann Mins Robbins Fellowship
Helen Ann Robbins Lecture Series
ROBBINS LIBRARY PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES
- Beowulfiana: Modern Adaptations of Beowulf
- Children's Literature and Medievalism
- The Crusades & Western Cultural Imagination
- Death and Dying in the Middle Ages
- Joan of Arc's Brief Life and Long Afterlife
- Malory's Morte d'Arthur
- Medieval Alexander Bibliographies
- Medieval English Literary Manuscripts
- Robin Hood: Development of a Popular Hero
- Sex, Society and Medieval Women
- Witchcraft Bibliography
- Women Writers of the Middle Ages
UPCOMING EVENTSWeekly Events
Tuesdays (5-6): Paleography Working Group
Lectures, Workshops, and Seminars
September 27 (1 pm): Primary Source Workshop, "How to Use Medieval Charters" (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 15 (10 - 4:30): "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 Wednesdays at 5 pm, and are open to the University of Rochester community.
September 25 (5 pm): Throne of Blood
October 16 (5 pm): The Eternal Return
November 20 (5 pm): TBD
Our monthly coffee hours are Mondays, 12 - 1, and are open to all.
Picturing Women in the Global
King Arthur Tradition:
A Showcase of the Barry Gaines
This exhibit explores how women in Camelot are visually presented to a modern global audience, bringing together images of central female characters found in foreign language translations of Malory’s Morte Darthur, or one of its many adaptations, published in the last 50 years or so. These images adopt particular constructions of femininity that affect our interpretations of what powerful women should look like in Camelot. They also allow us to explore the effects that reprinted and repurposed images have to that of new, original artwork accompanying translations and adaptations.
All items on display are from the Barry Gaines Malory Collection, donated to the Rossell Hope Robbins Library in the spring of 2017. This monumental collection contains 600+ editions, adaptations, and retellings of stories of Camelot in over 30 languages.
This exhibit is curated by Steffi Delcourt, a PhD student in the Department of English.