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Visiting Committee Announces 2003 Prizes for Undergraduate Book Collecting

The Overseers' Committee to Visit the University Library has announced the winners of the 2003 Visiting Committee Prizes for Undergraduate Book Collecting. Phoebe Kosman '05 and Roland Lamb '06 will share first prize. Finding overwhelming merit in both Kosman's entry, "To Arlie: An Intergenerational Collection of Early 20th-century Boys' Books," and Lamb's entry, "A Personal Encounter with Philosophy," the jury chose to give two first-place awards. Anna Harkey '04 won third prize for her entry, "Out of Thin Air: A Collection of Old Time Radio Books and Memorabilia."

Applicants were asked to submit annotated bibliographies and essays on such issues as early collecting efforts, the influence of mentors, experiences in searching for particular items, organization and care of books, and future directions for collecting. Applications were reviewed by a jury comprising Heather Cole, librarian of Hilles and Lamont Libraries; Mary Beth Clack, research librarian in Widener Library; and Suzanne Kemple, associate librarian and head of reference in Hilles.

The Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting was established in 1977 to recognize and encourage book collecting by Harvard undergraduates. According to Dudley Fishburn '68, chair of the Library Visiting Committee, "Book collecting expresses a passion for knowledge and a commitment to scholarship. It is a rewarding, civilized, lifelong pursuit that the Library Visiting Committee is honored to encourage among Harvard students."

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