2015 Andrew T. Nadell Book Collectors Contest

The Friends of the Duke University Libraries are proud to present the 2015 Andrew T. Nadell Book Collectors Contest.  Since 1947, the Friends have presented the contest in alternate years to promote reading for enjoyment and the development of students' personal libraries.  The contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate/professional students who are regularly enrolled at Duke University. 

The contest is named for Dr. Andrew T. Nadell M'74, who began collecting rare books when he was a student at Duke University.  He now collects early books and manuscripts on the learned professions and skilled trades, an expansion of his earlier interest in medicine as a profession.  With his wife, Eleanore Edwards Ramsey, he also collects the nineteenth-century Gothic Revival.  He credits his interest in rare books to two of his mentors at Duke, Professor of Medical Bibliography G.S.T. Cavanagh and Professor of the History of Medicine Gert H. Brieger. 

The contest includes an undergraduate and a graduate/professional student division.  Cash prizes for each division are as follows:

First Place Second Place
Undergraduate $1,000 $500
Graduate/Professional $1,000 $500

Please read the Contest Rules and Guidelines before submitting your application

To Enter:

Submissions should include:

  1. A one-page statement describing how and why the collection as a whole was assembled
  2. An annotated representative bibliography of the collection with each title numbered (50 item maximum)
  3. A wish list of 5 books you hope to add to your collection
  4. A completed application form

Submissions must be completed and entered by February 10, 2015.  Entries that do not have all required materials will not be considered for the contest.  By submitting materials to the contest you authorize Duke University Libraries to use excerpts from your application online or in printed Libraries materials. 

Should you become a finalist, you will be contacted with information about the judging event to be held on February 24, 2015 from 1:30-3:00 PM.  You must participate in this event to be considered for final judging.  The collection display provides an opportunity for contestants to showcase their collection to the Duke community. 

Winners of the contest will be eligible for entry into the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, supported by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies, the Center for the Book, and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division from the Library of Congress.  First prize in the national contest is $2,500 and an invitation to the awards ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. 

2013 Andrew T. Nadell Book Collectors Contest Winners

The Friends of the Duke University Libraries would like to congratulate Ashley Young on placing second in the 2013 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest!