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In accordance with our identity as an international, interdisciplinary scholarly organization that fosters the study of books and other textual artifacts in traditional and emerging formats, the Bibliographical Society of America pursues its mission by hosting public programs and collaborating with related organizations to do so. Some of these programs are developed internally by the Programs Committee, and others are developed in collaboration with external individuals, institutions, and organizations.

The Program Committee calls for proposals three times each year to invite collaborations between the Committee, BSA members, and a broader bibliographical public.

The BSA aims to sponsor a calendar of varied in-person and digital programs each year, which can include but are not limited to:

  • lectures,
  • workshops,
  • conference sessions,
  • and receptions following events which are bibliographical in nature.

In all BSA events, the material text – that is, the handwritten, printed, or other textual artifact, broadly conceived – as historical evidence, and/or the theory and practice of descriptive, historical, and/or critical bibliography, should be a central concern to participants and organizers.

Applications for support usually vary between $250 to $1000 per event. Funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to, venue rental, honoraria, travel expenses for an invited speaker.

How to Apply

Please click on the links below to review application guidelines and to apply.

You can preview the application form here.

Proposals for events taking place between January and April of 2021
are due October 23, 2020.

Proposals for events taking place between March and October of 2021 are due January 3, 2021, and also may be submitted earlier.

Proposals for events taking place between October and December of 2021 are due April 15, 2021, and also may be submitted earlier.


The call for proposals is open to the public. Successful applicants are required to become members of the Society if they are not already.