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, Ph.D
Section Supervisor: Katie Papas
ABOUT THE ROSSELL HOPE ROBBINS LIBRARY
The Rossell Hope Robbins Library is a medieval studies library at the University of Rochester. The Library contains comprehensive holdings in all aspects of medieval English history, literature, art, and culture. 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. The Robbins Library is a non-circulating collection.
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
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
Lectures & Readings
Feb. 21 (5 pm): A Preview of the Middle English Roland and Otuel Romances:
- Susanna Fein: "Otuel's Cool Talk: Comic Insults in Fourteenth-Century Bro Lit"
- David Raybin: "No Politics, Little Violence: A Middle English Song of Roland"
- Elizabeth Melick: "Christian Women, Saracen Women, and Conversion Methods in Middle English Romance"
April 1 (5 pm): "Translating the Round Table: An Evening of Malory Readings"
April 18 (5 pm): Julie Chamberlin (Indiana University), Helen Ann Mins Robbins Dissertation Fellow: "Chasing Foxes, Fables, and Felons: A Year of Research in the Robbins Library"
April 25 (5 pm): Tamara Golan (Johns Hopkins): “Niklaus Knows Everything: Magic, Heresy, and the Limitations of Knowledge in Late Medieval Swiss Art”
Medieval Studies Research Workshops
(Topics subject to change)
Feb 15 (10-11.30): Literary tools
March 1 (10.30-12): Biblical / patristic / hagiographical resources
April 5 (10.30-12): Art History
April 26 (10.30-12): Liturgy 101
Wednesdays (2-3): Middle English Reading Group
Wednesdays (12-1): Old French Reading Group
Wednesdays (5-6): Paleography Working Group
Trial By Fury: The History of Witchcraft & Witch Trials
This exhibition documents our myths and fears about witches, as well as the history of witchcraft and witch trials in Europe and North America. Using the collections of the Robbins Library and the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, and drawing upon the Robbins Witchcraft Research Archive, it explores how religious and secular authorities exploited the power of the printed word and the tradition of juridical, philosophical, and theological writings to spread propaganda and inculcate fear and prejudice. The exhibit also highlights Rossell Hope Robbins' research methods and personal investment in the creation of his groundbreaking Encylopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology.