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Historical study of the book: production techniques, design, publishing and the booktrade, libraries, cultures of collecting, books becoming heritage. Bibliographical description of historical book collections. Opening up of historical book collections to a broad public through publications, exhibitions,...

BOF Sabbatical Leave - Pierre Delsaerdt. 15/09/2017 - 15/07/2018

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The aim of this sabbatical leave is to do research on the 'patrimonialisation' of the book in the Southern Low Countries during the revolutionary years 1790–1830. Research will focus on two case studies: (1) the considerable transfer of books from monastic libraries towards Parisian depots such as the Bibliothèque nationale during the French regime in the Southern Low Countries; (2) the preservation of heritage documents that had been collected by the abbey of Tongerlo and that were bought by the Dutch King William I in 1827, in order to deposit them in the Royal Library in The Hague. These case studies are complementary, both chronologically and geographically. The research objectives are: 1. To identify and describe the (often hidden) provenance of substantial quantities of literary and scientific heritage documents from the Southern Low Countries in foreign (French and Dutch) libraries. 2. To analyse the ways in which new owners appropriated these books, e.g. by having them rebound, by adding new provenance marks and/or by removing earlier ones. 3. To interpret the authorities' discourse behind the transfer of books and to look at the ways in which the previous owners of the books reacted to it. Guiding questions are concerned with the following phenomena: 1. Patrimonialisation: which types of documents were granted 'heritage value', and how was this motivated? 2. Institutionalization: how did authorities substantiate their commitment to the preservation of literary and scientific 'book heritage', and how did they understand the responsibilities of 'national' libraries in this context? 3. Centralization vs. periphery: can the actions mentioned above be interpreted as cases of transfer of cultural goods from the periphery (Tongerlo, the Southern Low Countries) towards centres (a metropolis, The Hague, Paris), and if so, how explicitely is this argument used in the documents that resulted from these transfers?

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Research Tongerlo abbey library. 01/01/2012 - 28/02/2013

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This research project aims at defining the several subcollections that constitute the general library collection of Tongerlo abbey, and at determining their main contents and cultural significance. This feasability study will lead to a report with recommendations regarding the priorities to be followed in cataloging the books in an online library system. The results of this survey will also be of use in preparing preservation and conservation matters.

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Needs and requirements on conservation/preservation, retrieval and digitization of heritage collections in four conservatory libraries in Flanders and Brussels. 24/05/2011 - 15/10/2011

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Resonant. UA provides Resonant research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Master plan preservation-conservation and accessibility-digitization. 01/02/2011 - 31/08/2011

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Vlaamse Erfgoedbibliotheek. UA provides Vlaamse Erfgoedbibliotheek research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Printing press production and publishing strategies in Antwerp (1585-1648). 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2011

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This project represents a research contract awarded by the University of Antwerp. The supervisor provides the Antwerp University research mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions stipulated by the university.

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A research into the education and training needs concerning preservation, conservation and restoration in libraries with special collections. 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2009

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This project investigates how a better education and training of library staff and of conservators and restorers can lead to a more professional management of special collections in libraries. Interviews will reveal the specific needs of library staff and management in this respect. Some well-established foreign training programmes will be examined.

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Educational historico-cultural project "Cornelis Kiliaan and the naissance of the Dutch dictionary". 01/03/2007 - 30/11/2007

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Printing Press Production and Publishing Strategies in Antwerp (1585-1648). 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2010

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This study wants to investigate what role printers and booksellers played in the transfer of early modern culture. The printer-bookseller is here not that much presented as a literate idealist who saw the printing press as a means to distribute knowledge, but as a pragmatic craftsman and trader, driven primarly by business motives. A better understanding of this business aspect can clarify the role the printer/publisher/bookseller played in the communication process.

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Constructing a platform for heritage libraries in Flanders. 01/04/2005 - 30/09/2006

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    Heritage of centuries. An exhibition and a publication on abbey libraries in the province of Antwerp (Belgium). 01/01/2004 - 31/12/2004

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      The Establishment of a Short-Title Catalogue, Flanders (STCV) 01/01/2000 - 31/12/2003

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