About the Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award
The Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association annually to recognize the best essay written in English on library history. The award is named in honor of the distinguished nineteenth-century librarian, historian, and bibliographer who was also ALA's first president. It consists of a certificate and a $500 cash award, as well as an invitation to have the winner's essay considered for publication in Information & Culture: A Journal of History. If the winning essay is accepted for publication, additional revisions may be required.
"Boots Book-Lovers' library, the Novel, and James Hardy's The Furys (1935)"
Wilson received the award for her essay "Boots Book-Lovers' library, the Novel, and James Hardy's The Furys (1935)." The award committee especially appreciated the creative, effective use of primary sources, and the focus on an understudied type of library: the subscription library of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The author expertly weaves together aspects of social and cultural history and touches on an advancing area of research in LIS history, LGBT issues and censorship. This essay appeals to those interested in histories of readership, authorship and print culture as well as libraries.