Deadline for Entries: Monday, December 2, 2013
The Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize is endowed from the estate of Elmer Adler, who for many years encouraged the collecting of books by Princeton undergraduates.
It is awarded annually to the undergraduate student or students who, in the opinion of the judges, have shown the most thought and ingenuity in assembling a thematically coherent collection of books, manuscripts, or other material normally collected by libraries. The rarity or monetary value of the student’s collection are not as important as the creativity and persistence shown in collecting and the fidelity of the collection to the goals described in a personal essay.
The personal essay is about a collection owned by the student. It should describe the thematic or artifactual nature of the collection and discuss with some specificity the unifying characteristics that have prompted the student to think of certain items as a collection. It should also convey a strong sense of the student’s motivations for collecting and what their particular collection means to them personally. The history of the collection, including collecting goals, acquisition methods, and milestones are of particular interest, as is a critical look at how the goals may have evolved over time and an outlook on the future development of the collection. Essays are judged in equal measures on the strength of the collection and the strength of the writing.
Essays should be submitted via e-mail, in a Microsoft Word attachment, to Regine Heberlein: by Monday, December 2, 2013 and should be between 9-10 pages long, 12pt, double-spaced, with a 1-inch margin. In addition to the ten-page essay, each entry should include a selected bibliography of no more than 3 pages detailing the items in the collection. A separate cover sheet should include your name, class year, residential address, email address, and phone number. Please note that essays submitted in file formats other than Microsoft Word, submitted without cover sheet, or submitted without a bibliography will not be forwarded to the judges.
Winners will receive their prizes at the annual winter dinner of the Friends of the Princeton University Library, which they are expected to attend. The first-prize essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicle. In addition, the first-prize essay has the honor of representing Princeton University in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. Please note that per the ABAA’s contest rules, the winning essay will be entered exactly as submitted to the Adler Prize contest, without possibility of revision.
DATE TO REMEMBER
Deadline for Entries: December 2, 2013
First prize: $2000
Second prize: $1500
Third prize: $1000
Suggested readings from Paul Needham, Scheide Librarian:
Michael Sadleir, preface to his XIX Century Fiction (1951). Firestone 3579.079
A.N.L. Munby, Essays and Papers (1977). Firestone Z992.M958
John Carter, Taste and Technique in Book Collecting (1970). Firestone 0522.214.171.1240
G. Thomas Tanselle “The Rationale of Collecting,” Studies in Bibliography. Online at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/bsuva/sb
Whenever a building gets turned inside out, unexpected mementos of its past inhabitants are sure to emerge. The renovation of Firestone Library, a project scheduled to continue to 2018, has involved the demolition of several areas and the discovery of diverse ephemera. “Found in Firestone,” a new exhibition in the main lobby of the University Library, shows some of the items left behind by the workers who built the Library and the students who have studied there.
Perhaps not unexpectedly, a fair amount of pornography lurked in study carrels. Newspapers from 1948, the year Firestone opened, were stuffed behind old walls.
Travel seemed to be another theme: an 1850s guide for visitors to Oxford was found behind a cabinet, and a brochure for tours to pre-revolutionary Havana turned up in a carrel.
Perhaps the strangest object was an origami bird discovered in the back of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s 1889 bronze sculpture of University President James McCosh’s head, with a note: “On March 20, 1969, 4:37 p.m. This particular paper was inserted in the orifice located posteriorally (to the subject’s face) so that you, the discoverer of this message, will be cognizant of its significance.”
These and other objects found by Ted Munz and his team from Massimino Building Company, the construction managers for the project, are displayed in a case beneath a rediscovered tapestry from the original faculty lounge. The exhibition, organized by Project Coordinator Margaret Kehrer and prepared by John Walako and Gretchen Oberfranc, is free and open to the public.
Egyptian Film Poster Designers and the Print Shops of Hassan Mazhar Gassour & Sayed Ali Ibrahim al-NasrEgyptian Film Poster Designers and the Print Shops of Hassan Mazhar Gassour & Sayed Ali Ibrahim al-Nasr
Main Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton University
21 September 2013 – 2 February 2014
Historical studies of the “golden age” of the Egyptian film industry, from the 1940s to the mid-1960s, have paid little attention to the colorful posters that advertised those films and the people who designed them. A new exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Princeton University Library, “Egyptian Film Poster Designers and the Print Shops of Hassan Mazhar Gassour & Sayed Ali Ibrahim al-Nasr,” highlights the artistic style, variation, and evolution of the artwork created by what became, by 1960, the most prominent film poster printing houses in Cairo. The dozens of posters and lobby cards on display, produced from the 1940s through the 1990s, are drawn from Princeton’s extensive Arabic Movie Posters and Lobby Cards Collection, acquired in Lebanon in 2008. The exhibition runs from 21 September 2013 through 2 February 2014. An opening lecture and reception will be held on 29 September 2013. Dr. Christiane Gruber (Class of 1998) of the University of Michigan will speak at 3:00 p.m. in McCormick Hall on “The Painterly ‘Still’ in Modern Egyptian, Iranian, and Turkish Visual Cultures.” A reception will follow in the Main Gallery of Firestone Library. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery tours will be offered by the exhibition curator, James Weinberger, Curator of Near Eastern Collections, on Sunday, October 13, at 1 p.m. and Sunday, November 17, at 1 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., closed holidays. For further information, please contact James Weinberger (609-258-3279 or email@example.com).
The Cotsen Children’s Library will host the conference “Putting the Figure on the Map: Imagining Sameness and Difference for Children” from Wednesday, September 11, through Friday, September 13, 2013. The Conference is geared to professionals and experts in illustrated children’s literature and librarians and K-12 teachers are welcome.
This interdisciplinary program about international illustrated children’s books, co-organized by Emer O’Sullivan and Andrea Immel, will draw on the approaches in imagology, history, anthropology, psychology, and literary criticism. It will focus on modes of expression arising within or outside the classroom that either target children or appropriate discourses for them that create competing, complimentary, or contradictory images of foreign nations and their peoples. The program will also feature a workshop featuring primary resources from the Cotsen collection.
Registration is free to Princeton University students, faculty and staff; $25 for all others. To register online, visit:
Visit the conference website for speaker biographies and abstracts at:
For more information, please contact Andrea Immel, Curator, Cotsen Children’s Library, at .
The Cotsen Children’s Library is a unit within the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in Princeton’s Firestone Library. The gift of Lloyd E. Cotsen, Class of 1950, Charter Trustee, and collector, Cotsen is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of international historical illustrated children’s books, prints, manuscripts, original artwork, and educational toys.
For directions to the Cotsen Children’s Library: http://www.princeton.edu/cotsen/aboutus/directions
COTSEN CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
11 September 2013
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Reception (Cotsen Children’s Library, Firestone Library)
12 September 2013 (All activities Thursday take place at Friend Center, William Street, Room 113, unless otherwise noted.)
9:30 am – 10:15 am: Registration and coffee
10:15 am – 10:30 am: Welcome
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Session 1 Ethnography on Display
- Emer O’Sullivan “Picturing the World for Children: Early Nineteenth-Century Images of Foreign Nations”
- Gillian Lathey “Figuring the World: Representing Children’s Encounters with Other Peoples and Cultures at the 1851 Great Exhibition”
- Silke Meyer (via Skype) “Politics in the Children’s Perspective: National Stereotypes in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Prints”
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Session 2 Images Instrumentalized
- Martina Seifert “Appropriating the Wild North: The Image of Canada and Its Exploitation in German Children’s Literature”
- Lara Saguisag “Foreign Yet Familiar: Theorizing the Immigrant Child in Progressive Era Comic Strips 1896-1912”
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm:
- Amanda Brian “Civilizing Children and Animals in Lothar Meggendorfer’s Moveable Books”
- Eric J. Johnson “Teaching How to Hate: Oncle Hansi’s Pedagogial Polemic and the Question of Alsatian Nationalism”
13 September 2013 (Venue to be announced.)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Session 3 Internationalism, Pacifism, and Tolerance, I
- Nina Christensen “Education to Tolerance: Citizens of the World in Eighteenth-Century Children’s Literature and Children’s Literature of Today”
- Cynthia Koepp “An Anthropologist Shows Children a World of Difference: The Pedagogical Imagination of Louis-François Jauffret”
- Minjie Chen “Foreigners Not (Yet) in One Box: Discourse on Race and Foreign Nationals in Chinese Children’s Reading Materials 1890-1920
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch
1:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Session 4 Internationalism, Pacifism, and Tolerance, II
- Farah Mendlesohn “National Characters, National Character: Children in Pacifist and Anti-Militaristic Publications for Children Between the Wars”
- Gabriele von Glasenapp “Information or Exoticization?: Constructing Religious Difference in Children’s Non-Fiction”
- Margaret R. Higonnet “No Child Is an Island”
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Session V Primary Materials Workshop (Cotsen Children’s Library, Firestone Library)
- Jill Shefrin “Pictures for Tarry-at-home Travellers”
- Setsuko Noguchi “Around the World in One Game: Japanese Picture Sugoroku”
5:00 pm: Closing words
In light of the library’s importance in teaching and research at Princeton, the University has committed to a comprehensive renovation of the Firestone Library that began in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in September 2018. With classes finished for the academic year, the renovation work will ramp up significantly this summer. A list of summer projects can be accessed on the Library’s Renovation Update page: http://libblogs.princeton.edu/renovations/renovation-update/.
Visiting Rare Books and Special Collections During the Construction
The current phase of summer construction includes work in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, and from the middle of June until the first week of September, there will be asbestos abatement and contractor work in areas of the Cotsen Children’s Library, the Main Exhibition Gallery and Reception Area. Accommodations will be made to assure continued reading room and paging services throughout the construction. The Department’s Dulles Reading Room will remain open during normal summer hours (Monday-Friday, 8:45-4:15).
Every effort is being made to schedule the most disruptive construction work during off hours, but some noise and minor inconveniences are to be expected. Ear plugs will be available and the doors to the Dulles Reading Room will remain shut to minimize disruptions. If you have questions or concerns regarding an upcoming visit to the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, please contact us at (609) 258-8497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Renovation Vision
The plans for the renovation of Firestone are focused on creating a building that is well-suited to support modern library services and contemporary approaches to scholarship while also providing the proper environment for one of the world’s great book and manuscript collections. For a master plan of the renovation, a photo gallery of completed and ongoing work, as well as renovation updates, see the Firestone Library Renovation website.