Jenny Gilbert is an MA student at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Her research interests are in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century printing technology, and typography and book design. She works on the history of printing technology as a research assistant at the Sablé Centre for Nineteenth Century French Studies, and through this position gets her hands dirty in the printing room at St. Michael's College, which houses six late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century printing presses.
University of Toronto
Personal Statement About Topic:
The scrapbook of job printing created by David Williams in the collection of the Thomas Fisher Rare book library was a fascinating research project that was thoroughly engaging from start to finish. I began the project knowing only that the scrapbook came from Collingwood, and the research was like a puzzle which I gradually pieced together to discover who made it, where, when, and how. Research on the scrapbook allowed me to synthesize much of the knowledge I gained in the Book & Media Studies program at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. My interest in book and print culture began well before I attended university, but this program offered interdisciplinary courses in the history of printing images and text, book making, reading and publishing and enhanced and formalized my interest and knowledge in printing.