The OSU Valley Library is proud to announce the third year of our sponsored Book Collecting Contest. The collection can focus on any subject, and the contest is open to all full-time students who are sole owners of their book collection.


Generously sponsored by the Himes and Duniway Society, a group of book collecting enthusiasts in Oregon, this contest is intended:

▪    to encourage students in the collection and enjoyment of their own personal libraries,

▪    to aid students in developing an appreciation for the special qualities of printed or illustrated works, and

▪    to encourage students to read, research and preserve these works for pleasure and scholarship. 



Three prizes will be awarded to student winners:

1st prize: $1,000

2nd prize: $500

3rd prize: $250


Applications are due by Friday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m.

What’s a “Collection?

A collection:

▪    Consists of items that a student has come to own following a particular interest, or passion, which may be academic or not.

▪    May consist of all books or a combination of books and other formats. For instance, a collection on a geographical topic may include a map or a collection on a playwright may include a poster or playbill.

▪    Consists of not less than 15 items or more than 30 items of which the majority should be books, but related materials such as photographs, illustrations, maps, ephemera, CDs, music scores, posters etc. may be included.

▪    Can be on any topic; subjects can be contemporary or historical and may stress bibliographical features such as bindings, printing processes, editions, illustrations, etc. Rare books are not expected. Comic books and graphic novels are acceptable; ephemera alone if of historical interest is acceptable; historical —  not current — textbooks may be included.


How Do I Win?

Criteria for selection:

▪    Clearly state the purpose or unified theme of the collection;

▪    Explain the extent to which the collection represents the stated purpose;

▪    Evidence of creativity in building the collection;

▪    Originality, innovation and uniqueness;

▪    Quality of the collector’s essay describing the collection.

A team of judges from campus and the Himes and Duniway Society will determine the contest winners.


How Do I Enter?

The application package should include the following:

▪    Application form.

▪    Essay, which should be at least two and no more than four pages in 12-point type with lines double-spaced describing how and why the collection was assembled.

▪    Bibliography of the collection preferably using the MLA bibliography format with each individual title numbered and annotated. The annotations should reflect the importance of each item to the collection as a whole.

▪    Annotated wish list of up to five other book titles that you would like to add in the future to complete or enhance your existing collection.

▪    Digital images of at least five representative items in the collection, with 10 or more images being preferable.


You can submit your application in one of two ways:

1. Email your application package to Anne Bahde at

2. Drop off your application package to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center on the fifth floor of the Valley Library.


For more information, go to



If you have questions about book collecting or this contest, contact Anne Bahde at or 541-737-2083.

Posted - February 02, 2016