Seymour Adelman Book Collector's Prize

Seymour Adelman, who was Honorary Curator of Rare Books at Bryn Mawr College, gave his own collection of books and manuscripts to the Bryn Mawr College Library in 1976. Adelman believed that students are often collectors without realizing it, and he established the Seymour Adelman Book Collector's Prize in 1979 in order to encourage students to think about their books in a new way. The prize was first awarded in 1980.

Contest Rules

The annual contest takes place during the spring semester and is open to all registered Bryn Mawr College undergraduates. Each contestant submits a statement no longer than 500 words explaining the collection and how it was begun, and an annotated bibliographic list of the collection. Each entrant is asked to give a presentation to the judges and to show five examples from her collection.

The collection must be owned by the student. It may be on any subject, a single author or group of authors, and may include manuscripts and graphics. Evaluation is based on motivation, coherence of the collection, originality, accomplishment, and condition of the works entered. Monetary value is not a determining factor.

A previous winner may enter again only if a different collection is submitted. A previous non-winning entry may be submitted again, although the collection must show growth since the first entry.

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Prizes

The awards are presented at the Student Awards Ceremony. First prize includes a $500 award, and second prize includes a $250 award. Both prizes also include a copy of John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. All contestants receive a student membership in the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Libraries.

In addition, the top prize winner of the Adelman contest will be eligible for the National Collegiate Book Collecting Championship, with a first place prize of $2500. See http://hq.abaa.org/books/antiquarian/abaapages/contest for additional details

For further information, please contact the Curator of Rare Books, Marianne Hansen.

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A Short Selection of Books about Book Collecting

Adelman, Seymour. The Moving Pageant: A Selection of Essays. Lititz, Pennsylvania: Sutter House, 1977. Canaday PS3551.D42 M6

Bernard, Phillipa, with Leo Bernard and Angus O'Neill. Antiquarian Books: A Companion for Booksellers, Librarians, and Collectors. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994. Canaday Ref Z326 .B47 1994

Carter, John. ABC for Book Collectors. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 1995. Canaday Z1006 .C37

Iacone, Salvatore J. The Pleasures of Book Collecting. New York: Harper & Row, 1976. McCabe Z987 .I15 1976

Michaels, Carolyn Clugston. Children's Book Collecting. Hamden, Conn.: Library Professional Publications, 1993. Canaday Z987.5.U6 M53 1993

Newton, A. Edward. The Amenities of Book-Collecting and Kindred Affections. Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1918. Canaday Z992 .N38 1924

Peters, Jean, editor. Book Collecting: A Modern Guide. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1977. Canaday Z987 .B68

Quayle, Eric. The Collector's Book of Books. New York: C. N. Potter,1971. Canaday f Z987 .Q34

The Collector's Book of Children's Books. New York: C. N. Potter,1971. Canaday f Z987 .Q342

Willmarth, Lewis. Collector's Progress. London: Constable & Co., 1952. Canaday Z989 .L5

Wilson, Robert A. Modern Book Collecting. New York: Alfred A.Knopf, 1980. Canaday Z987 .W49 1980

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Past Winners

 

Year

Prize

Name and Class Year

Subject of Collection

 

1980

1st Prize

Catherine E. Du Beau (1980)

Eclectic

1st Prize

Leslie Victoria Kurke (1981)

Classical Studies

 

1981

1st Prize

Pamela Carter (1982)

Penguins

1st Prize

Artemis Hionides (1982)

Modern Greece

 

1982

1st Prize

Ruth Herold (1982)

Herman Melville

2nd Prize

Saba Bahar (1984)

Alexandria

2nd Prize

Sara Baughman (1982)

Illustrated Works

 

1983

1st Prize

Eva Posfay (1984)

Hungarian Poetry

1st Prize

Hanna Rubin (1983)

Classic Children's Books

 

1984

1st Prize

Marion M. Gartner (1985)

King Arthur

 

1985

1st Prize

Anne J. Brownstein (1985)

Poetry

 

1986

1st Prize

Alice Elizabeth Krinsky (1988)

Lewis Carroll

 

1987

1st Prize

Genevieve Bell (1990)

Australian Literature

 

1988

1st Prize

Robin Bernstein (1991)

Bibles and Religious Literature

1st Prize

Heather Harwood (1988)

Classical Studies

 

1989

1st Prize

Elizabeth Knapp (1990)

Folklore

 

1990

1st Prize

Catherine Barriger (1990)

Spanish Novels by Women

1st Prize

Lorrie Kim (1990)

Female Authors

 

1991

1st Prize

Charlotte Troyanowski (1994)

Historical Etiquette

2nd Prize

Ina Warriner (1991)

Souvenir Books about Finland

 

1992

1st Prize

Leili Towfigh (1992)

Baha'i Faith

2nd Prize

Sara Rubin (1992)

African and African-American Writers

 

1993

1st Prize

Catherine C. Hoffman (1995)

Lucy Maud Montgomery

2nd Prize

Carrie LaSeur (1993)

American West

2nd Prize

Gretchen Maxeiner (1994)

Latin Literature

 

1994

1st Prize

Jennifer K. Jackson (1994)

Preserving the Past

2nd Prize

Melanie Evans (1997)

Children's Books

2nd Prize

Joanna Reiner (1995)

Tea

 

1995

1st Prize

Melissa Cohn (1997)

Autograph Books

2nd Prize

Gabrielle Costanzo (1997)

Eclectic

 

1996

1st Prize

Brenda Fishman (1998)

Learning Languages

2nd Prize

Jane J. Park (1996)

Asian-American Literature

2nd Prize

Sara Wakefield (1997)

Fairy Tales

 

1997

1st Prize

Robin Brenner (1999)

Picture Books

2nd Prize

Heather McLees (1998)

Scottish History and Culture

3rd Prize

Astrid Cook (1997)

20th Century Books by Women

 

1998

1st Prize

Virginia Hutton (2000)

2nd Prize

Rebecca Silverman (2001)

3rd Prize

Jill Baron (2000)

 

1999

1st Prize

Elizabeth Scanlon (1999)

Poetry

 

2000

1st Prize

Ada Palmer (2001)

Distopia

2nd Prize

Virginia Hutton (2000)

Ghost Stories

 

2001

1st Prize

Elaine Massung (2004)

Modern Fiction (firsts)

2nd Prize

Jenny Lentz (2002)

19th Century Writers

2nd Prize

Amanda Pegg (2001)

Science Fiction

 

2002

1st Prize

Jenny Lentz (2002)

Nancy Drew

2nd Prize

Susannah Smith (2003)

Edward Gorey

2nd Prize Sally Lemmon (2003) Hawai'i
 
2003 1st Prize Susan Howson (2003) Young Adult Classics
2nd Prize Laura Nuffer (2005) Anthropology
 
2004 1st Prize Lawral Wornek (2004) Ballet
2nd Prize Molly Tamulevich (2007) Unexplained Phenomena
 
2005 1st Prize Elizabeth Kestler (2008) Science Fiction / Fantasy
2nd Prize Joanna Karpinski (2005) The Titanic
 
2006 1st Prize Melody Brandston (2008) Juvenile Series Fiction
2nd Prize Meridel Newton (2006) Anne McCaffrey
 
2007 1st Prize Vanessa Poggioli (2007)    New York, NY
2nd Prize Christen Gore (2007)   Scottish Country Dance
 
2008 1st Prize Helen Cosgrove-Davies (2010)

Fashion

 

 

2009

1st Prize

Anna Van Brookhoven (2009)

Children's Books

2nd Prize

Megan Clark (2011)

19th-Century Costume

2nd Prize Jessica Schwartz (2009) Seeing America
 
2010 1st Prize Madeline Birkner (2010) Photography
2nd Prize Helen Cosgrove-Davies (2010) Knitting
 

2011

1st Prize

Maggie Stack (2011)

Men and Women at Sea

2nd Prize

Nicole Yulo (2011)

 

Contemporary Picture Books

2nd Prize Anne Harding (2012) Books on Books
 
2012 Prize Stephanie Trott

Food Studies

 

 
2013 1st Prize Katherine Littrell  (2014)  Early Modern Theater  
2nd Prize Lauren Malamed (2015)       Zines
 

 

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