The Pine Tree scholars program introduces Columbia and Barnard graduate and undergraduate students to the crafts associated with fine book production, such as typography, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking, as well as to the rare and art book trades. Most of these sessions include a hands-on component but no prior experience is necessary.  All sessions will take place on Friday afternoons. Limit of 12-15 people per event.

This program is coordinated by the Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library and open to students in all departments and programs. All costs of instruction and ticket fees and lunches will be covered by Columbia through the generosity of the Pine Tree Foundation.

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9/26/14 — Lunch and excursion to Art Book Fair at PS1 (Long Island City, Queens) for Pine Tree Scholars only

10/10/14 — Visit to Woodside Press, hot metal print shop (Brooklyn Navy Yards) for Pine Tree Scholars only

11/7/14 — Typesetting at the New York Center for Book Arts (midtown Manhattan)

12/5/14 — Holiday tea and Favorite books in the Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library (on campus) for Pine Tree Scholars only OPTIONAL

2/20/15 — Bookbinding in the Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library with Susan Mills (on campus)

3/6/15 — Papermaking session at Dieu Donne (Chelsea)

4/10/15 — Lunch and visit to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair (Upper East Side) for Pine Tree Scholars only

For fuller descriptions of each session's offering, please follow this link.


To apply, please email the information requested below in the body of an email to Karla Nielsen at by Monday, 9/15/14 with Pine Tree Program in the subject line.
Degree program and year:
Email address and UNI:
Do you want to enroll in the Pine Tree Scholars program for the entire year—6-7 sessions? If not, which sessions do you want to attend?
What previous experience do you have with book arts and crafts? What about with rare books or rare book libraries?
In 2-3 sentences, why are you interested in this program?

Preference will be given to students who can commit to being Pine Tree Scholars for the entire year and attend all six mandatory sessions, but we will reserve several spots in each hands-on session (typesetting, bookbinding, papermaking) for people who want to register for a single event. All attempts will be made to accommodate students whose academic work relates to book history or the book arts. Please direct any questions to Karla Nielsen at