The Friends of the Duke University Libraries were proud to present the 2015 Andrew T. Nadell Book Collectors Contest on February 24, 2015. 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|
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.
2015 Andrew T. Nadell Book Collectors Contest Winners
- Look Homeward: A Girl's Journey Homeward through 20th Century Southern Literature — Anne Steptoe (first place tie, graduate)
- Masculinity, Race, and Southern University: An Exploration of the Role of Fraternities in College Life — Andrew Patty (first place tie, graduate)
- A British Homecoming: Growing Up Alongside Austen, Dickens, and Dahl — Claudia Dantoin (first place, undergraduate)
2013 Andrew T. Nadell Book Collectors Contest Winners
- New Orleans' Nourishing Networks: Foodways and Municipal Markets in the Nineteenth Century Global South — Ashley Young (first place, graduate)
- Oxford University: Two Centuries of Magical History — Kenny Gould (first place, undergraduate)
The Friends of the Duke University Libraries would like to congratulate Ashley Young on placing second in the 2013 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest!