October 11, 2012 National Collegiate Book-Collecting Contest Winners Announced

Ceremony on Oct. 19 to Honor Winners

Press Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Center for the Book (202) 707-9217; Susan Benne, Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (212) 944-8291
Public Contact: Center for the Book (202) 707-5221

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 Bibliographic Societies have announced the winners of the National Collegiate Book-Collecting Contest. The organizations assumed leadership of the contest in 2010 with support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

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

The winners will receive their awards during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room of the Library of Congress Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or registration are required. The guest speaker will be Earl Havens of Johns Hopkins University, who will deliver an illustrated talk, “How to Build the World’s Most Comprehensive Rare Book and Manuscript Collection of Literary and Historical Forgery.”

The winners are:

  • First Prize: Jordan Haug, University of California at San Diego, for the book collection project “Mormon Fundamentalism & Polygamy”
  • Second Prize: Jessica Anne Kahan, University of Michigan, for “Romance Novels in DJ, 1925-1935”
  • Third Prize: Andrew Ferguson, University of Virginia, for “Bibliography & Puzzle of R.A. Lafferty”
  • Essay Prize: Kevin Baggot Roberts, Johns Hopkins University, for “Cheap Thrills: Sex in American Publishing, 1924-1970”

The prizes, generously underwritten by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, will be awarded both to the students and to the libraries of their respective institutions.

In 1815, the Library of Congress acquired the personal library of Thomas Jefferson, the basis of its future development. 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 are conserved and made available in 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. The reconstructed library of Thomas Jefferson and selections from the Kislak collection are on view in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.

The Center for the Book was established by Congress in 1977 “to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading.” A public-private partnership, its educational projects reach readers of all ages. Through its affiliated state centers and its key role in the Library’s National Book Festival, the center has become a national force for promoting reading, literacy and book culture. It also oversees the Library’s Read.gov website and administers its Young Readers Center in the Jefferson Building.

The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) is a trade association of more than 450 professionals who specialize in fine and rare books, maps, documents, autographs, illuminated manuscripts, ephemera and prints that span the economic spectrum. Its members are united in their passion for books and related material and are bound by a code of ethics. ABAA sponsors three antiquarian book fairs each year.

The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS) is an association of collecting organizations whose mission is to communicate, share and support bibliographic activities, experience and ideas among member clubs for mutual benefit and pleasure.

The Jay I. Kislak Foundation, based in Miami, is engaged in the collection, conservation, research, and interpretation of rare books, manuscripts, maps and cultural artifacts.


PR 12-186
ISSN 0731-3527