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Libraries Announce Student Award Winners

News Release: For Immediate Release
UMass Amherst Libraries
Contact Rob Cox (, 413-545-6842)
DATE: May 9, 2013


 Fourth Annual Book Collecting Contest
Fifth Annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award

Amherst, Massachusetts – The Department of Special Collections and University Archives at the UMass Amherst Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Emily Silverman Book Collecting Award and the fifth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA).

The first place recipient of the Emily Silverman Book Collecting Award in the undergraduate category is Sonia McCallum ’13 of Ashby, Massachusetts, for “Vampires Don’t Sparkle: Vampires Outside the Romance Genre.” McCallum received $750 and a $250 gift certificate to one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores in Boston, Massachusetts, the Brattle Book Shop.

The recipient of the FLURA first place prize of $750 is Ken Lefebvre ’13 of Holliston, Massachusetts, for “A Wise Conservator”: The Life and Times of Henry Hill Goodell. To read more visit: The Recipient of the Honorable Mention award of $250 is Daniel Stein ’13 of Hingham, Massachusetts, for “David versus the State: Refusal to Serve in the Israeli Defense Forces during the Lebanon War and the First Intifada: 1982-1993.”

To promote scholarship at UMass Amherst and encourage original research in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, the UMass Amherst Libraries sponsor two annual awards open to the University’s undergraduate and graduate student community.

The Emily Silverman Book Collecting Award recognizes achievement in assembling and writing about book collections. Collections may focus on any subject or field, on individual authors or genres, or may relate to features of the book such as illustration, binding, or typography.

The undergraduate research award recognizes excellence in the use of primary sources, creativity and originality, and clarity and effectiveness of writing. A primary source is a record of an event, an occurrence, or a time period produced by a participant or observer at the time. Some examples are documents or manuscript material (such as letters, diaries, journals, writings, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, etc.) or the historic records (archives) of an organization (such as correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports, etc.).

The book collection annotated bibliographies ( and the winning papers ( are available on the Special Collections web site and added to the University Archives.

For more information, contact Rob Cox, Head of Special Collections (, 413-545-6842).






Last Edited: 8 May 2013