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MHC Library: Nicole Basbanes Contest

Nicole Basbanes Student Book Collecting Contest

Nicole Basbanes Student Book Collecting Contest


First Prize: $500 - - Second Prize: $300 - - Third Prize: $200

1. Entries normally will be limited to a selection of no less than 25 nor more than 50 books or similar material (for example, pamphlets, periodicals), regardless of the size of the student's total collection. Books must be owned and collected by the student alone.

2. Students will submit a brief (less than five pages) statement of the purpose of her collection and ideas for the collection's future development, together with a bibliography of the collection that includes at least 10 annotated entries describing each volume and its special interest to the collection and/or the collector. This contest is open to all Sweet Briar College students currently enrolled as full-time students. Previous winners are ineligible.

3. Statements and bibliographies must be submitted to Joe Malloy, Library Director by the deadline March 12, 2018. These will be used for preliminary judging. Finalists may be asked to bring their collections for final judging. Winners will be announced at the Friends of Library Spring Meeting.

Winners of the Nicole Basbanes Student Book Collecting Contest will be eligible to enter the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.

The Contest is sponsored by Mr. Nicholas Basbanes and the Sweet Briar College Friends of the Library. Winners do not need to have large or expensive collections. Judges will focus on the collector's stated purpose and goals and how well the collection meets them.

Judges:  Mr. Nicholas Basbanes, Ms. Nicole Basbanes Claire '04, and TBA.