Library Trends 62 (2) Fall 2013: Essays in Honor of W. Boyd Rayward: Part 1

 

Library Trends 62 (2) Fall 2013: Essays in Honor of W. Boyd Rayward: Part 1. Edited by Alistair Black and Charles van den Heuvel.

In presenting this collection of essays in honor of W. Boyd Rayward—“Boyd” to those who are on first-name terms with him—we are not simply drawing attention to the work of a consummate historian but also celebrating someone who is deeply respected for his approachability, humility, and genuine interest in the lives of the many friends he has gathered around him over the years. Not all academics, by any means, combine intense intellectual labor with a human touch, but Boyd does this in spades. He is a true gentleman scholar (in applying the word “gentleman” in this context, we relieve it of its use to designate a person of leisure from the privileged classes; rather we emphasize that part of its connotation that signifies someone who is well-mannered, sociable, and considerate—in short, someone who manifests a true gentillesse d’esprit).

In this collection, we have brought together colleagues of Boyd from eight countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, and, as one would expect, his native Australia. This geographical diversity maps well onto Boyd’s own academic travels to, and sojourns and appointments in, Europe and the United States over the decades. Authors were permitted to address any topic they wished, as long as their essays had a historical perspective. Apart from those who charged themselves with the task of describing and discussing Boyd’s impact, authors were not asked to frame their contributions in Boyd’s work—although quite a few nonetheless referred directly to his outputs and an even larger proportion cited them as a matter of course, as one would expect given the huge influence he has had on the areas of study the authors represent. (From the introduction)


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