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Philip Hofer Prize for Art and Book Collecting Winners Announced

Katharine K. Olson has been awarded first prize in the Philip Hofer Prize for Art and Book Collecting.

May 20, 2002 -- Harvard graduate student Katharine K. Olson has been awarded first prize in the Philip Hofer Prize for Art and Book Collecting for her essay and bibliography Collecting Welsh Books. Olson's essay documents her early interest in Welsh culture, piqued by reading works of fantasy, that has led to her formal study of Welsh language, culture, and history.

In a tie for second prize, Michael R. Canfield, G-3, is honored for his entry The Influence and Inspiration of Entomology, including scientific, historic, and literary books about insects; and Trevor Cox, '02, is honored for Philately Speaking, a stamp collection that focuses on stamps as objects of art and history.

An honorable mention was given to Patrick Hanley, G-5, for A Collection of Ecological Images, a collection that incorporates both verbal and visual representations of man's relationship with nature.

The prize is awarded jointly by the Houghton Library and the Harvard University Art Museums. It is given for thoughtful and organized collecting that shows purpose, consistency, and quality and that reflects the interest of the collector. The prize seeks to encourage and acknowledge students whose collection of books or works of art best demonstrate the traditions of breadth, coherence, and imagination exemplified by Philip Hofer, founder and first curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library and secretary of the Fogg Art Museum. Students submit an essay describing the scope, content, and goal of their collections and an annotated list of art works or bibliography of books.

The award was established by Melvin R. Seiden, A.B. '52, L.L.B. '55.

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