Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting
The Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting was established in the spring of 1977 to recognize and encourage book collecting by undergraduates at Harvard. It is sponsored by the Members of the Board of Overseer's Committee to Visit the Harvard Library. The Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Research, Teaching and Learning coordinates the annual competition and is responsible for selecting the jury with noted bibliographic expertise from among Harvard College Library staff.
Eligible collections may be of any kind — author, subject, illustrators, etc. — and three prizes are given: the first prize is $3,000, the second $1,500, and the third $750.
- The competition is open to undergraduates enrolled in Harvard College.
- To enter, each contestant first submits a written statement of intent to apply for the competition. The deadline for the statement is Friday, December 5, 2014. It should be sent via e-mail to Susan Fliss, Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Research, Teaching and Learning, and include: (a) the name and class of the contestant; (b) a brief description of the subject or scope of the collection in one to three sentences; and (c) the contestant's phone number, e-email address, and mailing address.
- The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 13, 2015. Each contestant must submit: (a) an essay of approximately 2,500 words describing the scope, contents, and goal of the collection, and (b) an annotated list or bibliography of approximately 30-50 items in the collection, selected to illustrate its nature.
- The judges may ask to examine the collection, or a representative part of it, and/or wish to speak with contestants about their collection. For this reason, the custom of making prize submissions under pseudonyms is not observed for this contest.
- To be eligible, collections must be personally owned and must have been formed by the contestant.
- Collections may be of any kind, whether they deal with authors, subjects, kinds of books, bindings, illustrations, printing processes and technology, etc. Collections may or may not be allied to the student's career or educational interests.
- The same collection cannot be submitted in the same year both to this competition and to the Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art. However, different collections may be submitted for the two prizes in the same year, or the same collection may be entered for the other prize in a different year.
- The first prize will be $3,000, the second $1,500, and the third $750. The judges reserve the right to divide the prize in other proportions if it seems appropriate, or to award no prizes if in their view no submissions warrant it.
- First place ($3000): Wilder Wohns,
Blank on My Map: Unraveling Asia’s Mystique
- Second place ($1500): Debbie Onuoha,
Novels, Poetry, Plays and Short Stories Written About Africa
- Third place ($750): Gillian Manley,
My Collection of Canadian Novels or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Country
- First place ($1500): Catherine Katz,
My Grandmother's Childhood Library: Collecting Early 20th Century
- Second place ($1000): Allison Gofman,
Tangible Flights of Imagination: Works of Science Fiction and Fantasy as Physical Objects
- Third place ($750): Victoria Baena,
An Innocent Abroad: Tales of the Foreigner
- First place ($1500): William White, Designing, Developing, and Drawing: Architecture, Planning, and the City.
- Second place ($1000): Caroline Weisman,
Oscar Wilde: Down from a Pinnacle
- Third place ($750): Joanna Behrman,
Why I believe in Fairy Tales
- First place ($1500): Peter Bernard, Flowers in a Mirror: Izumi Kyōka and his Contexts
- Second place ($1000): Alexander Konrad, Roots in Conflict: Family History and America’s Military Tradition
- Third place ($750): Meghan Cleary, Woman and Her Body, Me and Mine and
Samuel Milner, The Good Book Says, A Collection of Over Three Millennia of Jewish Culture, History and Thought
- First place ($1500): Charles Santiago Palau, Remembering the Pathways of Immigrant Identity: From Catalunya, to Mexico, to Los Angeles
- Second place ($1000): Zoey Orol, Transatlantic Novels of the Long 19th Century
- First place ($1500): John Sheffield, ¿Nunca Más? The Ideology of State Terrorism in Argentina
- Second place ($1000): Adam Singerman, The Modern Mayan Languages of Guatemala
- Third place ($750): Marykate Jasper, Robin Hood Revisited: A Collection of New Takes on an Old Outlaw
- First place ($1500): Gregory Scruggs, The Francophone Collection
- Second place ($1000): Trisha Pasricha, Finding P.G. Wodehouse: Catalytic Legacies of My Grandfather's India
- Third place ($750): Ming Emily Vandenberg, Representative Works in Science and the History of Science
- First place ($1000): Robin Worth Reinert, Songs that Never Die: Community Songbooks in America
Reinert was also recongized in 2007 with an Honorable Mention in the international Fine Books & Collections Collegiate Book Collecting Championship for her entry American Songbooks.
- First place ($1000): Harrison Greenbaum, A Uniquely Portable Magic: A Collection of Treasures from the Conjuring Arts
- Second place ($750): Alexis Kusy, The Peculiar Collection
- Third place ($500): Michael Sanchez, Collecting the French Avant-Garde
- First place ($1000): Loren Bienvenu, Shining Through the Ashes: A Collection of Beat Literature
- First place ($1000): Brian Distelberg, “An Interesting Trio of Writers”: Books By and About Edward Everett Tanner III
- Third place ($500): Kate Ward, Women’s Spaces and Social Safety: American Etiquette and Lifestyle Manuals, 1846 – Present
- First place ($1000): Matthew Gibson, Learning to Read Russia
- Second place ($750): Adrien Finlay, Untitled essay and bibliography exploring materials about opera
- Third place ($500): Amy Lee, Zines as Feminist Ephemera
- First place ($1000): Phoebe Kosman, ‘To Arlie’: An Intergenerational Collection of Early 20th Century Boys’ Books
- First place ($1000): Roland Lamb, A Personal Encounter with Philosophy
- Third place ($500): Anna Harkey, Out of Thin Air: A Collection of Old Time Radio Books and Memorabilia
- First place ($1000): David M. Orenstein, Untitled essay and bibliography on China
- Second place ($750): Jura Pintar, Praxis Philosophy and Book Collecting Practi(s)e: From Marxians to Martians?
- Third place ($500): Susan Long, Untitled essay and bibliography on family-owned books
- First place ($500): Max Hirsh, Untitled essay and bibliography on the Berlin transportation system
- Honorable Mention: Hourng Kaing, Unusual Females
- First place ($500): David Timothy Horn, French Colonialism in the 1920's and 1930's
- Second place ($400): David Mihalyfy, Autographed Books
- Third place ($300): Shawn P. Saler, All I Needed to Know, I Learned from Comic Books: My Collection of Graphic Novels