Entries now being taken for the Harris Fletcher Book Collecting Award & T.W. Baldwin Prize for Book Collecting.
To foster the love of books, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign holds annual book collecting contests. The competition, co-sponsored by the University Library and The No. 44 Society, includes separate judging and prizes for undergraduate (Fletcher Award) and graduate (Baldwin Prize) student collections.
The prize for undergraduate collectors is named for Harris Francis Fletcher (1892-1971), professor of English (1926-62), whose John Milton collection is a jewel of the University. The graduate prize honors T.W. Baldwin, who put together a remarkable collection of imprints from the age of Shakespeare, with strengths in Elizabethan drama, pedagogy, religion, and social history.
First prize for each category is $1000. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to the Library's "Friendscript" newsletter, produced by the Friends of the University of Illinois Library.
Entries Due April 8, 2011