IHRC Program Director Haven Hawley has been awarded a six-week professional development leave to work on a book-length manuscript titled "Bodice Rippers to Printing Grippers," focusing on printing technologies related to marginalized American publishers in the 19th century.
Hawley's research includes artifact analysis and the techniques of printers in the United States from the colonial period to the present. The College of Liberal Arts awarded her professional development leave from August 17 to September 25, 2009.
The title of her manuscript takes its name from linkages she has found between marks left by certain printing presses on examples of sensational fiction and street publications. Her previous work on printing grippers has contributed to the field of analytical bibliography by helping historians to trace the shop practices of printers, even when no business records documenting their work had survived.
She also is writing an article-length manuscript titled "Straw Into Gold: Yellow-Wrappered Books as Technologies of Color and Consumption." That article suggests that technological choice, economic efficiency and visual appeal helped to drive the prevalence of yellow wrappers among books sold by street vendors in antebellum America.
Since 2003, Hawley has demonstrated historical printing techniques and helped teach descriptive bibliography at Rare Book School, University of Virginia. In 2007, she curated an exhibition on American printing technologies at the Atlanta History Center (Atlanta, GA).
She received her PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005.