Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Awards

About the Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Awards These awards are given annually in recognition of excellence in the publication of catalogues and brochures that accompany exhibitions of library and archival materials, as well as for electronic exhibitions of such materials. They are administered by the Exhibition Awards Committee of the ALA/ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), whose operating expenses are covered by a generous endowment from Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, editors of American Book Prices Current.

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Division Five (electronic exhibition)

2015 Winner(s)

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University

for “Music, First and Last: Scores from the Sir Georg Solti Archive.”

“This online exhibition had a clean, uncluttered design, and it was easy to navigate,” stated Faulds. “The ability to access complete scores is good for scholarship, while the ability to easily access audio and video enhances the experience for the visitor.”


2015 Honorable Mention(s)

The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections
for “Gebhardt Mexican Foods Company Collection: A Virtual Exhibit.”

“This online exhibition merited an honorable mention for the quality of both its content and design,” remarked Faulds. “Based on the corporate archive of a local company, the colorful exhibition included fun audio and video clips and bilingual content brought together with a distinctive look and feel.”


Division Four (brochures)

2015 Winner(s)

The Bruce Peel Special Collections Library at the University of Alberta

for “‘Wow, open this!’: Paper Engineering in Books & Artists’ Books.”

“The brochure stood out as a true keepsake from the exhibition with an appeal for all ages,” stated Faulds. “It featured an innovative pop-up feature that tied it to the exhibition theme and was also educational.”


2015 Honorable Mention(s)

The Getty Research Institute
for “A Kid’s Guide to Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters.”

“The committee thought that this brochure deserved an honorable mention, as it was a creative and fun way to engage a younger audience than might normally visit such an exhibition,” noted Faulds.


Division Three (inexpensive)

2015 Winner(s)

Saint Louis University Libraries, Archives and Records Management

for “Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections Presents (Please Don’t) Steal this Poster! An Exhibition of Letterpress Prints by The Firecracker Press for the Billiken Club.”

“This well designed catalog features an eye-catching letterpress printed cover which derives from the featured posters’ aesthetic,” remarked Faulds. “The design of the catalog echoes the DIY, underground nature of the posters, and the glossary incorporates a clever use of icons.”


Division Two (moderately expensive)

2015 Winner(s)

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto

for “Vesalius at 500: An Exhibition Commemorating the Five-Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Andreas Vesalius.”

“The committee found this catalog to be well written and designed, and predicted that it will be used as a scholarly resource on Vesalius for years to come,” noted Faulds. “The unusual tall and narrow format and well reproduced images, including some on useful foldouts, helped showcase the famous illustrations from Vesalius’ most famous work, the landmark work on human anatomy “De humani corporis fabrica’.”


Division One (expensive)

2015 Winner(s)

The Groiler Club

for “Pop-Ups from Prague: A Centennial Celebration of the Graphic Artistry of Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992) from the Collection of Ellen G. K. Rubin.”

“The committee appreciated the unusual subject matter of this catalog, how it described the way Kubašta’s art changed over time, and the influence of politics and printing technology affected his career,” said David Faulds, chair of the RBMS Exhibition Awards committee and curator of rare books and literary manuscripts at the University of California-Berkeley. “As befitting such a visual subject, the catalog influenced beautiful color reproductions with the photography revealing the three-dimensional nature of pop-up books.”