Well kind of – at least according to this post in the Guardian.
Actually, the alba amicorum were friendship books written by “Renaissance youngsters, especially German and Dutch ones. They “would go around collecting autographs and tokens of affection from the people they met and liked in these beautifully embossed books. A cross between a diary, a commonplace book and an autograph book, they created a permanent record of some key period in a young person’s development, often their time at uni.”
And in February 2019, “the British Library is putting much of its collection of 500 or so alba amicorum” on display for interested visitors. Click here for a little Q&A about the show and this unique collection.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.