Winter 2021

Female Imprimatur: Women in the Lawbook Trade

This current BC Law Library exhibit was inspired by the 100th anniversary in August 2020 of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted suffrage to some—though certainly not all—American women. In the summer before the anniversary, Rare Books Curator Laurel Davis, Professor Mary Bilder, and Associate Law Librarian Helen Lacouture went digging into our special collections to find lawbooks with imprints featuring women printers and booksellers. The exhibit covers around twenty female printers and booksellers and reaches back 500 years. You’ll learn about entrepreneurial widows, women in printing families, the law patent, the Stationers’ Company, the great law printer Elizabeth Nutt, and more.

To view the Female Imprimatur exhibit catalog, click here.

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