Robert L. Dawson is a professor of French language and literature in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 1975. He holds an undergraduate degree in French from Trinity College, Connecticut, and a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in French from Yale University. His major fields of interest are eighteenth-century French literature and culture, the history of the book, and descriptive bibliography. In addition to numerous papers and book reviews, some of which have appeared in Libraries & Culture, he is the author of The French Booktrade and the “Permission Simple” of 1777: Copyright and the Public Domain, with an Edition of the Permit Registers (Oxford University, the Alden Press, 1993) and Customs Confiscations and Banned Books in France during the Last Years of the Ancien Regime, currently under review by Oxford University Studies on Voltaire. Another work entitled Books Across the Channel: France, Great Britain and the International Trade in Books during the Long Eighteenth Century is in progress. In addition to serving on the editorial board of Libraries & Culture, he is active in professional organizations concerned with eighteenth-century studies, the Bibliographic Society of America, and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP).
Amanda Laugesen is a researcher at the Australian National Dictionary Centre, Australian National University in Canberra, where she is alsoa temporary lecturer in history in the School of Social Services. She earned a doctorate in library history from the Australian National University. The author of Convict Words: Language in Early Colonial Australia (Oxford University Press, 2003), she is currently conducting research on historical aspects of Australian English, including military slang and Australian soldiers’ culture during World War I. In addition, she is completing a book based on her Ph.D. dissertation that is tentatively entitled The History-Keepers: Historical Societies and Public Historical Culture, 1870-1910.
Brent D. Singleton is a reference librarian at the Pfau Library, California State University in San Bernardino. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is interested in all areas of library history, particularly African and Islamic libraries, and has conducted research on slavery and the [End Page 92] African Diaspora. His bibliography, entitled “The Ummah Slowly Bled: A Select Bibliography of African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas and the Caribbean,” appeared in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 22, no. 2 (October 2002): 401-12. He is also a reviewer for Choice.
Winton U. Solberg is professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he taught from 1961 to 1992. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and political science from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree and doctorate in American history from Harvard University. He has taught abroad as a visiting professor and as a Fulbright lecturer and is the author of a number of books, including The Constitutional Convention and the Formation of the Union (University of Illinois Press, 1990), Redeem the Time: The Puritan Sabbath in Early America (Harvard University Press, 1977), and The University of Illinois, 1894-1904: The Shaping of the University (University of Illinois Press, 2000).