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George Modlin Book Award

For 50 years, student bibliophiles at the University of Richmond have been receiving prizes for their book collections. Once again, Boatwright Memorial Library is delighted to award an annual prize of $1000 for an outstanding book collection conceived and built by a senior student at the University of Richmond.

Interested senior students should submit their entry via email to ModlinAward@richmond.edu by Friday, 9 April, 2021.

Entries must include:

  • Personal information: your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
  • An essay of no more than 1500 words describing the objective, history, and direction of your collection.
  • A bibliography of at least 20, but no more than 50, items in the collection arranged by author, date, or another principle of your choice. Entries should follow a standard citation format.
  • A wish list of the three books you would most like to add to your book collection, explaining your reasoning.

The winning collection must be more than a list of texts: it will be a chosen group of printed or manuscript items, creatively put together. The collection must have been started by the student, and all items in the collection must be owned by them. A collection may include printed books, manuscripts, zines, and/or ephemera; it may be organized by theme, author, illustrator, publisher, printing technique, binding style, or another clearly articulated principle.

The prize will be a check for $1000.00 and a certificate of recognition. Sample items from the winning collection, curated by the student, may be exhibited in Boatwright Library. The recipient will be acknowledged in the Commencement Program, and their name will also be added to the George Matthews Modlin Award for Student Book Collections winners list on display in Boatwright Memorial Library.

The essay has the honor of representing the University of Richmond in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, organized by The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), the Grolier Club, and the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division (Library of Congress). Please note that per the ABAA's contest rules, the winning essay will be entered exactly as submitted to the George Matthews Modlin Award for Student Book Collections contest, without possibility of revision.

For more information, please contact Lynda Kachurek, Head Rare Books and Special Collections, Boatwright Memorial Library at (804) 289-8458 or email ModlinAward@richmond.edu.

The George Matthews Modlin Award for Student Book Collections was established by the faculty of the University of Richmond in 1971 to honor Dr. George M. Modlin upon his retirement as president of the University of Richmond and to encourage undergraduate students to develop focused collections of books pertaining to their particular areas of interest. Collections are eligible for the award only during the student's senior year.

Past Modlin Recipients

Year

Recipient Name

Collection Title

1973

Sandra Lee Snidow

Classical Music Library

1974

William Rust Norris

Science Fiction & Fantasy

1976

Elizabeth Rhodes Brimm

Hispanic-Related Books

1977

Rhett McPherson

Scottish Highland Bagpipe Music

1978

James Edward Cumbie

Medieval European History

1979

Howard Franklin Crotzer, Jr.

English Literature

1981

Elizabeth W. Andrews

Horses & Horsemanship

1982

Judith G.Suben

Language & Thought

1984

Christopher K. Smith

Theater & Directing

1984

Edward C. Cleary

Postmodernist Fiction

1985

John Scott Hudgins

Jewish History

1986

Peter S. Kirkpatrick

French Politics

1987

Michael Bruce Compton

Understanding Biblical Language

1988

James R. Luck, Jr.

A Search For God

1989

Louis T. Manarin

The Roman Empire

1990

Mark H. Danley

Military History

1991

James H. Carter, IV

Intellectual Development of Modern China

1992

Cynthia Paces

Czechoslovakia's Cultural Heritage

1993

Michael T. Williams

French Philosophy

1994

Kristina M. Thomas

Dogs In Fact And Fiction

1995

Sonia J. Banerji

South Asian Culture & History

1996

Kelly E. Broxton

Social Change of Education & Women Studies

1997

Wesley C. Kelly

Classics And Philosophy Minor Focus On Linguistic Philosophy

1998

Lee A. Scott

Books My Passport - The Journey To The East

1999

Steven Pate

A Literature Francais: An Education Through Literature

2000

Josh J. Clough

The American Indian and U.S. Western History

2001

Thomas A. Calder

A Collection For The Study of

East Asia From Its Roots to Today

2002

Barrett Matthew Emerick

Search For Truth

2003

Amy Robin Hoffman

Edward Gorey and the World of the Gothic

2004

Erin Bartels

Reclaiming and Reinventing the South & Southernness

2005

Chase Rowan

Politics, Plato and Pinot Noir: my library as an independent liberal arts education

2006

Patrick Elgin

Military Leadership - Personal and Universal

2006

Patrick Salland

The World of Pharaohs

2007

Carmen del Valle Hermo

Hispanic Heritage: Hispanic and Latino Art

2008

Jacob Neal

What's the Use of Truth? Queering the Face of Philosophy by Way of Richard Rorty

2009

Rebecca Frazier

Making Connections: A Collection Exploring the Intersections of Psychology, Gender, and Leadership

2010

Robert Lindstrom

Why Do I Collect Golf Books?

2010

Daniel Rudary

European and Early American History

2011

Abigail S. Novak

Evaluating Education Reform: The Importance of Race, Class, and Gender in Understanding America's Education Crisis

2011

Schuyler Swartout

The Order of Things

2012

Caroline Cobert

Ancient Egyptain Mummies

2013

Katie C. Freeman

The Evolution of Knowledge: A Curious Literary Journey in Understanding Life from Neurons to Nebulas

2013

Sam Crusemire

The New Yorker in a Virginian

2014

Brian Guay

Bridging the Gap between Political Science and Psychology Using Tibetan Studies

2015

Kassie Andreadis

Female-Led Speculative Fiction

2015

Melissa Diamond

Middle East Peace and Conflicts

2016

Marissa Parker

Sustainability & the Environment

2017

Damian Hondares

Understanding Cuba, Then and Now

2018

Aheema Gazi

2019

Azin Bahari