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Libraries celebrate student book collectors in 59th Annual Snyder Contest

Monday, April 27, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Four student winners of the 59th annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest were announced at an awards reception in Watson Library on April 16. Foremost scholar on Herman Melville and Professor Emerita of English Beth Schultz praised the collections on display and shared the personal history of her collection and book, highlighting Moby Dick and 20th century art.

Clarissa Nemeth of Gatlinburg, Tennessee won first place in the graduate division with her collection “Southern Appalachia: Historic and Imagined”.

In the undergraduate division, Alyssa Denneler of Lawrence won first place for her collection “Plotting my Archaeological Trajectory: A Journey Marked by Literary Exploration.” Daniel O’Keefe of Dubuque, Iowa took second place with “Star Wars’ Expanded Universe: From a 121 Minute Movie to 154 Books,” and Aubrie Schartz of Abilene, Kansas won honorable mention for her collection “Pressed Between Pages: The Therapy of Returning to the Past.”

The Snyder Book Collecting Contest was established by a gift from Elizabeth Snyder in 1957 to cultivate and recognize KU undergraduate and graduate students’ interest in collecting books. The winner of each division received a cash prize and a gift card from Jayhawk Ink, a division of the KU Bookstore and longtime partner in the competition. Judges for this year’s contest were Shultz, KU Libraries Assistant Dean of Distinctive Collections and Director of Kenneth Spencer Research Library Beth Whittaker and Katya Soll, a former Snyder contest winner and the winner of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.

The collections of each winner are on display through April 30 in an exhibition case outside of Jayhawk Ink on the second floor of the Kansas Union. Images from the awards ceremony are available in the Snyder online photo gallery. For more information about the contest and its history, visit the Snyder Contest website

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