JRBS Stillwell Prize Ceremony for Undergraduate Book Collecting

April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

John Russell Bartlett Society Stillwell Prize Ceremony for Undergraduate Book Collecting

In order to stimulate the interest of students in books and printing, and in all the bibliographical concerns which motivate its members, the John Russell Bartlett Society has established this annual prize competition, open to undergraduates at any Rhode Island college or university. In so doing, the Society honors the memory of Margaret Bingham Stillwell, Brown University Class of 1909, the University’s first woman Professor of Bibliography and a renowned scholar of early printing, with the intent of encouraging students to share her lifelong pleasure in reading and book collecting.

A contestant’s collection may be in any field. It may emphasize some particular interest within a field, or exemplify certain bibliographical features such as edition, issue, and other conditions of manufacture and sale; illustration, type, calligraphy, binding, etc. All types of books, including paperbacks, may be included, as long as their place in the collection can be justified (the inclusion of textbooks is nevertheless discouraged, except in rare cases).

The final competition and judging will take place on Thursday April 24th, at the JCB as part of an evening event sponsored by the John Russell Bartlett Society and the Watts Program in the History and Culture of the Book. Student competitors are invited to set up their displays at 5:30 pm. The public is invited for 6 pm.

The deadline for applications is Monday, April 9, 2018. Find more information about the competition and instructions for submitting a book collection, click here.