The OSU Valley Library is proud to announce the third year of
our sponsored Book Collecting Contest. The collection can focus on any
subject, and the contest is open to all full-time students who are
sole owners of their book collection.
Generously sponsored by the Himes and Duniway Society, a group
of book collecting enthusiasts in Oregon, this contest is intended:
to encourage students in the collection and enjoyment of their
own personal libraries,
to aid students in developing an appreciation for the special
qualities of printed or illustrated works, and
to encourage students to read, research and preserve these works
for pleasure and scholarship.
Three prizes will be awarded to student winners:
1st prize: $1,000
2nd prize: $500
3rd prize: $250
Applications are due by Friday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m.
What’s a “Collection?”
Consists of items that a student has come to own following a
particular interest, or passion, which may be academic or not.
May consist of all books or a combination of books and other
formats. For instance, a collection on a geographical topic may include a map
or a collection on a playwright may include a poster or playbill.
Consists of not less than 15 items or more than 30 items of which the majority
should be books, but related materials such
as photographs, illustrations, maps, ephemera, CDs, music scores, posters etc.
may be included.
Can be on any topic; subjects can be contemporary or historical
and may stress bibliographical features such as bindings, printing processes,
editions, illustrations, etc. Rare books are not expected. Comic books and
graphic novels are acceptable; ephemera alone if of historical interest is
acceptable; historical — not current — textbooks
may be included.
How Do I Win?
Criteria for selection:
Clearly state the purpose or unified theme of the collection;
Explain the extent to which the collection represents the stated
Evidence of creativity in building the collection;
Originality, innovation and uniqueness;
Quality of the collector’s essay describing the collection.
A team of judges from campus and the Himes and Duniway Society
will determine the contest winners.
How Do I Enter?
The application package should include the following:
Essay, which should be at
least two and no more than four pages in 12-point type with lines double-spaced
describing how and why the collection was assembled.
Bibliography of the collection
preferably using the MLA bibliography format with each individual title
numbered and annotated. The annotations should reflect the importance of each
item to the collection as a whole.
Annotated wish list of up to five other
book titles that you would like to add in the future to complete or enhance
your existing collection.
Digital images of at least five representative items in the
collection, with 10 or more images being preferable.
You can submit your application in one of two ways:
1. Email your application package to Anne Bahde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Drop off your application package to the Special Collections
and Archives Research Center on the fifth floor of the Valley Library.
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you have questions about book collecting or this contest, contact Anne Bahde
at email@example.com or 541-737-2083.