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 One (expensive)

2016 Winner(s)

The Grolier Club

for “One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature”

“This landmark catalog represents a significant scholarly contribution to book history while also being accessible to a broad audience,” said David Faulds, chair of the RBMS Exhibition Awards Committee and curator of rare books and literary manuscripts at the University of California, Berkeley. “The committee commented that the volume was ‘immediately canonical’ while noting the impressive amount of work that went into the detailed bibliographical descriptions for each entry. In addition to the engaging subject matter, the catalog was well designed with the entries clearly laid out with additional flourishes to evoke the subject matter.”


2016 Honorable Mention(s)

Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica
for “The Writing on the Wall: A Catalogue of Judaica Broadsides from the Valmadonna Trust Library”

“The committee felt this catalog deserved an honorable mention as it represents a significant addition to scholarship,” noted Faulds. “The book highlights a largely unknown and unexplored subject area while also providing access to a unique, privately held collection. The entries are thoroughly described and illustrated with high quality reproductions as part of an overall handsome design.”


Division Two (moderately expensive)

2016 Winner(s)

University of Pennsylvania Libraries Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts

for “The Images Affair: Dreyfus in the Media, 1894-1906”

“This catalog takes an innovative approach to an historical event by examining it through the visual culture that surrounded it,” remarked Faulds. “The committee acknowledged the very high quality of scholarly production including apparatus such as a chronology and a selected bibliography. The catalog has high production values with the detailed bibliographic entries being divided into compelling categories. It also displays subtle but beautiful and unifying graphic design elements. Finally, the committee felt it significant that such an excellent catalog was the result of a student-curated exhibition.”


Division Three (inexpensive)

2016 Winner(s)

Yale University’s East Asia Library

for “Treasures from Japan in the Yale University Library”

“The committee felt this catalog, which was given away for free, demonstrated a strong combination of style and substance,” stated Faulds. “Befitting the subject matter, the text is in English and Japanese and the catalog was designed so that the two texts and images did not compete with one another on the page. The oblong format of the catalog helped present the content clearly while also evoking Japanese book design. Finally, the committee noted the high quality of the images which brought the subject to life.”


Division Four (brochures)

2016 Winner(s)

Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library L. Tom Perry Special Collections

for “Rose Marie Reid: Glamour by Design”

“This brochure deservedly won in its category for its flair and unusual but engaging subject matter which combines swimsuit design and religion,” Faulds said. “Text and image are well integrated and make effective use of the accordion fold format. The color scheme, typography and layout echo the time period of Reid and her clothing designs. The committee was also delighted by playful elements such as a ‘Dive in’ link to the online exhibition.”