Videos and Pictures Now Online

A selection of photos from the Fellows’ 50th is now available on the JCB’s Flickr Photostream here:

For edited videos of the keynotes and panel sessions, and highlights from the post-clambake performance/lecture, see the Fellows’ 50th playlist on Brown’s YouTube channel here: BrownYouTube


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African Music in Seventeenth Century Jamaica

Rich Rath has sent a mix of his lecture given after the clambake at the JCB Fellows’ 50th Conference. He has, he says, “cut the tech difficulties and cheated on the musical pieces, replacing them with versions that I re-recorded with the sampler behaving properly.” To listen and view the slide show (which will open as a powerpoint presentation), link to the following:

The Richard Rath African Music in Seventeenth Century Jamaica Show

Invitation to enjoy!

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Thank you and stay tuned!

Thanks to all JCB Fellows past, present, and future and other JCB friends who made it to Providence for the 50th anniversary celebrations — and to those who tuned in from afar! Link here for photographs and watch this space for follow-up news.

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Join us for the Fellows’ 50th from anywhere in the World!

Can’t make it back to Providence to help celebrate fifty years of Fellowships at the JCB? Then join us via live video streaming on Brown University’s Live Webcast channel, from Friday, June 8, 9 a.m. EST, through our closing “Business Meeting” at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 9:

We will be monitoring comments and questions sent by email:; and you can follow us via Twitter @JCBLibrary (#JCBFellows50th).

For a preview of all events, check out the up-to-date program here: JCBFellows50thProgramJune5


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One week to go until Bernard Bailyn opens the Fellows’ 50th!

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“I Found It at the JCB Live!”

UPDATE 5/31/12: The “I Found it at the JCB Live!” session has been cancelled, but we are always happy to have submissions to the online series, which can now be seen in our “JCB Books Speak” blog:


We have set aside one session of the conference (Saturday, June 9, 2 p.m.) for returning fellows to tell the story – out loud — of 1 or 2 items in the collection that spoke to them in unexpected ways or offered a surprise discovery that might or might not have been related to the work central to their time at the JCB.  The stories will be told in 5-10 minute slots in front of the books, maps, or manuscripts themselves (depending on condition) in small group settings in locations throughout the Library, with a JCB curator or other staff serving as host in each location. Continue reading

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Show off your recent book(s).

For the duration of the conference, we’ll be setting aside one of the Reading Room tables for a book display. If you’d like to have a recent publication represented there, please send or ask your publisher to send a display copy and 50 to 100 flyers with ordering instructions (preferably with a discount):

c/o Susan Newbury
John Carter Brown Library
Box 1894
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912

You may pick up your display copy at the end of the conference, or leave it to be donated to either the JCB reference book collection or the former fellows’ shelf at Fiering House.

P.S. You need not be present to send or have sent a display copy and flyers.

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Registration is now open!

Please, visit the Registration page for instructions and links to register for both the conference and the Sunday excursions. The registration deadline is May 1, 2012.

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The John Carter Brown Library prepares to celebrate 50 years of fellowships!

The JCB Fellowship Program turns 50 this year, and we’re celebrating with a reunion conference, June 7-10!

The first announcement of the event came in a holiday greetings from Director Ted Widmer last December. In case you missed it, we’ve included Ted’s letter below, and promise more updates as the plans are finalized in the next few weeks.


Dec. 22, 2011

Dear JCB Former Fellows,

The holiday season is traditionally a time for end-of-year greetings. I have nothing against that — indeed, I offer them enthusiastically to all of you!  But the purpose of this email is to ask you to focus on the middle of next year, and specifically June 7-9, when we will convene a gathering of former Fellows to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fellowship program at the John Carter Brown Library.  Bernard Bailyn, Rolena Adorno, and JCB board member David Rumsey (see have all agreed to give keynotes, and many other JCB alumni will be speaking. More information will be forthcoming from Margot Nishimura, our Deputy Director and Librarian, but in addition to the holiday greetings, I wanted to ask you to hold the date.  (For those who are eager to make arrangements, some preliminary information about lodgings appears below.) It should be a memorable get-together — a chance not only to celebrate our history, but to think about new directions for the program.

Best wishes for the new year,

Ted Widmer

Director and Librarian

Accommodation information can now be found here:

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