2017 Andrew T. Nadell Prize for Book Collecting

The contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate/professional students who are regularly enrolled in a degree program at Duke.  Cash prizes are awarded as follows: 

FIRST PRIZE SECOND PRIZE
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL $1,000 $500
UNDERGRADUATE $1,000 $500
All students who are interested in participating will receive a copy of ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter.  Please contact Megan Crain if you are interested in participating or have questions about the contest. 

Submission Requirements

  1. Annotated bibliography of the collection (50 item maximum), with each title numbered
  2. Collection statement describing how and why the collection as a whole was assembled (1 page maximum)
  3. Wish list of materials to be added to the collection (5 item maximum)
  4. Completed application form

Submissions must be entered by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, February 14.  Entries that do not have all required materials will not be considered. 

Final Judging

Contestants must display a representative sample of their collection at a final judging on February 28, 2017 from 1:30-2:30 PM.  Judges will do their best to accomodate any conflicts with the time of the final judging.  The collection display provides an opportunity for contestants to showcase their collection to the Duke community. 

Rules and Guidelines

See the complete rules and guidelines for more information about submission materials and judging criteria. 

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Past Prizes

Since 1947, the Duke University Libraries have presented the contest in alternate years to promote reading for enjoyment and the development of students' personal libraries.  See our previous prize recipients for sample entries and photos of collection displays. 

National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

Winners of the 2017 Nadell Prize will be eligible for entry into the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.  First prize in the national contest is awarded $2,500 and a trip to the awards ceremony at the Library of Congress. 

About Andrew T. Nadell

The Nadell Prize for Book Collecting is named for Dr. Andrew T. Nadell M'74, who began collecting rare books when he was a student at Duke.  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.  A special thanks to Dr. Nadell for his generous support of the Prize.