Julian Edison Department of Special Collections Wins Citation for Exhibit

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections at the Washington University Libraries has  earned a notable citation as part of the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s 2019 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards.

Illustration by Theodor von Holst from the frontispiece of the 1831 edition of “Frankenstein”

The Department of Special Collections was awarded a Division Three (inexpensive) notable citation for “The Monster’s Library: An Exhibition Curated by Students Enrolled in Frankenstein, Origins & Afterlives,” which was on view November 2017­—March 28, 2018. Amy Pawl, professor of English, and Corinna Treitel, professor of history, taught the course Frankenstein: Origins & Afterlives. They guided their students in the curation of the exhibit with assistance from Rare Books Curator Cassie Brand of the University Libraries. The exhibit can be viewed here.

“The committee felt that this entry deserves a citation for its clever and self-referential library-oriented thematic structure as a framework to explore Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a ‘book made of books,’” Anna Chen, chair of the awards committee, said. “In particular, the committee wishes to recognize the extensively collaborative work underpinning this joint project, which emerged from a student-curated exhibition as part of a university course.”

Supported by an endowment established by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, editors of American Book Prices Current, the Leab Exhibition Awards recognize outstanding printed exhibition catalogs and guides, and electronic exhibitions, produced by North American and Caribbean institutions.



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