After Bowers's death in 1991, the editorship passed to another member of the Virginia English department and a prominent bibliographical scholar, David L. Vander Meulen, who had helped Bowers edit the journal beginning with the 1985 volume. Under Vander Meulen, Studies has continued to flourish and to display the characteristics that have always made it distinguished. Some new interests have also appeared, such as greater attention to the history of bibliography and to the study of books in society. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the journal, the text of its entire run was placed on the World Wide Web by the University of Virginia Library's Electronic Text Center making it the first scholarly journal with an extensive back file to become fully available on the Internet free of charge. The permanent value of the entire contents is now evident to a wide audience, as are the reasons that make the appearance of each new volume a signal event in the bibliographical world.
1948 - University of Virginia professor Fredson Bowers founds Studies in Bibliography, a journal dedicated to the study of books as physical objects and to textual criticism and scholarly editing; Bowers serves as the journal's editor until his death in 1991.
1991 - The editorship of Studies in Bibliography passes to David L. Vander Meulen, a professor of English at the University of Virginia.
1997 - The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia celebrates its fiftieth anniversary by placing the full run of Studies in Bibliography on the Internet, thereby making Studies the first scholarly journal there that is completely searchable and available free of charge.
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