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 mandatory sessions will take place on Friday afternoons; two optional sessions take place other times.

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 Morgan Adams, Conservator for Special Collections, Columbia University Libraries; Teresa Harris, Curator of Avery Classics at Columbia's Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library; Karla Nielsen, Curator of Literature in Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library; and Shannon O'Neill, Director of Archives & Special Collections at Barnard College.

9/22/17 — Information session (on campus) followed by a visit to the Art Book Fair @PS1 optional

10/13/17 — Typesetting and Printing at the New York Center for Book Arts (Midtown)

10/20/17 — Visit to the Woodside Press, a hot-metal type shop and Papermaking at Dieu Donne (Brooklyn Navy Yards)

11/3/17 — Calligraphy and Lettering (on campus)

11/17/17 — Tour of the Conservation Lab and Party (on campus)

Tues 1/23/18 — Columbia Bibliography Week talk (on campus) optional

2/23/18 — Papermarbling at the Textile Art Center (downtown Manhattan)

Sat 3/10/18 — Lunch and visit to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair (Upper East Side) optional

3/23/18 — Bookbinding (on campus)

4/13/18 — Zine-making and Party (on campus)


To apply, please email the information requested below in the body of an email to by Monday, September 25, 2017.

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 of the mandatory sessions. If you anticipate holiday or 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?