Snyder Book Collecting Contest icon

Snyder Book Collecting Contest icon,
originally uploaded by librarykatja.

This little guy appears on the header of the University of Kansas’ Snyder Book Collecting Contest web page. After I heard about this contest yesterday, I just had to post about it…it’s such a neat idea, and of the kind that is near and dear to my archivally-oriented heart.

The contest’s premise: currently enrolled KU students (one category for undergraduates and one for graduates) submit one collection, focused around a particularly collecting interest (ex: A.A. Milne, North American Mammals, etc.). The students also submit a collection bibliography and a brief (2-6 pg.) essay detailing the collector’s “purpose and method in building the collection. This year, there is a prize of $800….yes, $800.

Imagine getting that kind of prize for a collection that you’ve nurtured and grown and cherished as a hobby! Amazing.

This year is the 50th anniversary; although the original benefactor of the competition, Elizabeth Snyder, passed in 2004, she ensured that the contest would continue to be supported with an endowed fund.