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Department of History
Department of History

Kim Bell

MA Candidate
History of the Book



B.A. (Hons), Queen’s University


My interest in book history stems from a long working career at the Queen’s University Library, currently in W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. Beyond the text itself, books make strong rhetorical statements by their very design and aesthetic format – statements about the cultural, social and intellectual circumstances in which they are produced. Under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey McNairn, I will be studying one such aesthetic format – the publisher binding – and examining what this specific design genre reflects of Canadian culture between 1890 and 1920.


Bell, Kimberley. “Bound to be beautiful: Publishers’ bindings in the 19th century.” Book Arts arts du livre Canada 8:2 (2017): 32-36


Kim Bell and Jillian Sparks, “Prison Sentences: Recovering the Voices of Prisoners through Exhibition, Instruction and Outreach,” in Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation, ed. Mary Kandiuk (Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2019).