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September 30, 2010

National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest Winners Announced

Ceremony to Include Winners’ Awards and Illustrated Talk by Noted Book Collector

The Center for the Book and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies have announced the winners of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. They jointly assume leadership of the contest with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

The winners will receive their awards during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The winners are:

  • First Prize: Andrew Fink, University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Wash.), for "An Interdisciplinary Survey of 20th Century Propaganda"
  • Second Prize: Ryan Julian, University of Chicago, for "The History of Mathematics"
  • Third Prize: Philipp S. Penka, Harvard University, for "‘Temporary Spiritual Sustenance’: The Print Culture of Russian Displaced Persons in Postwar Germany (1945-1951)"
  • Essay Prize: Bailey N. Pike, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for "The Mythology of Mozart"

The event will include an illustrated talk by noted bibliophile, collector and author Carol Fitzgerald, who will speak about "Collecting Mid-Twentieth-Century Regional Americana." Fitzgerald is the author of "The Rivers of America: A Descriptive Bibliography" (2001) and "Series Americana: Post Depression-Era Regional Literature, 1938-1980: A Descriptive Bibliography" (2009), both two-volume works co-published by Oak Knoll Press and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections magazine to recognize outstanding book-collecting efforts by college and university students, the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles. The magazine conducted the annual competition program before turning over leadership to the new collaboration of institutional partners.

In 1815, the Library acquired the personal library of Thomas Jefferson. Later collectors such as Lessing J. Rosenwald, John Boyd Thacher and Otto H. Vollbehr, among many others, conveyed their book collections to the Library, where they continue to be conserved by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. More recently, the Library received the gift of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of rare books, manuscripts and other early American materials. Selections from the Kislak Collection are on view in the "Exploring the Early Americas" exhibition in the Thomas Jefferson Building, as well as online at myloc.gov/Exhibitions/EarlyAmericas/.

The Center for the Book (www.loc.gov/cfbook/) was established by Congress in 1977 "to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries." With its many educational programs that reach readers of all ages, through its support of the National Book Festival and through its dynamic state centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Center for the Book has developed a nationwide network of organizational partners dedicated to promoting the wonders and benefits of reading. The center also oversees the Read.gov website, with its exclusive "Exquisite Corpse Adventure" serialized story.

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PR 10-216
09/30/10
ISSN 0731-3527

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