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.

This program is open to students in all departments and programs. All costs of instruction and ticket fees and lunches will be covered by Columbia and Barnard through the generosity of the Pine Tree Foundation. The program is run by Teresa Harris, Curator of Avery Classics at Columbia's Avery Art & Architecture Library; Karla Nielsen, Curator of Literature in Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library; and Shannon O'Neill, Associate Director of Archives & Special Collections at Barnard College.

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10/2/15 — Introductory Lunch on campus

10/16/15 — Papermaking at Dieu Donne (Chelsea)

10/30/15 — Typesetting and Printing at the New York Center for Book Arts (Midtown)

11/13/15 — Digital Copying & Manipulation on campus

12/4/15 — Holiday Party on campus

2/5/16 — Papermarbling off campus; location TBA

2/19/16 — Calligraphy on campus

3/11/16 — Bookbinding on campus

4/8/16 — Lunch and visit to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair (Upper East Side)

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 by Monday, September 21, 2015.  Please note that we receive many more applications to this program than there are spaces so while it's always good to be succinct do make sure to clearly and enthusiastically explain why this program interests you. Also, out of thoughtfulness to others please do not apply to this program unless you are confident that you can make all sessions. If you anticipate weekend travel or an internship commitment that will interfere with your attendance, please don't take a space that could go to somebody else!
Degree program and year:
Email address and UNI:
 What previous experience do you have with book arts and crafts? What about with rare books or rare book libraries?
In 3-5 sentences, why are you interested in this program?

We will notify applicants of their admission on Friday, September 25, 2015. All attempts will be made to accommodate students whose academic work relates to book history or the book arts. Please submit your application to the gmail address above but direct any time-sensitive questions to Karla Nielsen at Thank you!