CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table has awarded Kate Stewart the 2014 Justin Winsor Prize. Stewart, an archivist at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, received the award for her essay "The Man in the Rice Paddies Had Something to READ: Military Libraries and Intellectual Freedom in the Vietnam War."
The award, $500 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history. The winning essay will be considered for publication in Information & Culture: A Journal of History. The award is named in honor of the distinguished 19th century librarian, historian and bibliographer who was also ALA's first president.
The award committee especially appreciated the creative, effective use of primary sources and the focus on an understudied area, library services to the military. Stewart also brings attention to an important figure in library history, Ruth Rappaport. The author expertly weaves together aspects of social and cultural history in her exploration of the role of recreational reading during wartime. This essay appeals to those interested in histories of readership, military history and print culture as well as libraries and biography.
The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association exists to facilitate communication among scholars and students of library history, to support research in library history, and to be active in issues, such as preservation, that concern library historians. The round table sponsors conferences, publishes a newsletter and presents awards such as the Justin Winsor Award to promote excellence in library history research.
More information on the Library History Round Table is available at our website: http://www.ala.org/lhrt.