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Student Awards 2012



DATE: April 26, 2012



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

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

The first place recipient of the Emily Silverman Book Collecting Award of $750 and a $250 gift certificate to the Brattle Book Shop in the undergraduate category is Jonah Vorspan-Stein ’13 of Cambridge, Massachusetts for “Gordon Lish and His Influence: An Examination of the Literary Contributions of Editor, Publisher, Teacher, and Author Gordon Lish.” In the graduate category, Philip S. Palmer ’08, G’12, of Northampton, Massachusetts, won the first place award of $750 and a $250 gift certificate to the Brattle Book Shop for “The World Inscribed: A Collection of Travel Books and Guides, 1788-2006.”

The recipient of the FLURA first place prize of $750 is Justine DeCamillis ’12 of Littleton, Massachusetts, for “Liminal Spaces and Identities: The Transitional and the Juxtaposition of Opposites Within the Prologue, Bisclavret and Lanval of Marie de France’s Lais.” Recipient of the Honorable Mention award of $250 is Peter Arsenault ’12 of Burlington, Massachusetts, for “Poetic Liminality in the Middle Ages: The Case of Thomas Hoccleve.”

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 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: 24 October 2012