The University of Virginia hosts an annual five-week summer program dedicated to the study of rare books. Founded in 1983 at Columbia University, the Rare Book School moved to Charlottesville in 1992.
July 26, 2011 Per Henningsgaard, left, an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, and Rachel Hendrick, right, use a Nouvir Transilluminator to look at watermarks on paper samples in the "Paper Museum" as part of the Rare Book School the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The program is dedicated to the study of books, from seventh-century papyrus fragments to calfskin-bound books from the 1700s. Stephanie Gross/For The Washington Post Buy Photo