Student awards presented by Libraries

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives recently presented the fourth annual Emily Silverman Book Collecting Award and the fifth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA).
The first place recipient of the Emily Silverman Book Collecting Award in the undergraduate category was senior Sonia McCallum of Ashby, for “Vampires Don’t Sparkle: Vampires Outside the Romance Genre.” McCallum received $750 and a $250 gift certificate to the Brattle Book Shop in Boston.
The recipient of the FLURA first place prize of $750 was senior Ken Lefebvre of Holliston, for “A Wise Conservator”: The Life and Times of Henry Hill Goodell. The recipient of the honorable mention award of $250 was senior Daniel Stein of Hingham, for “David versus the State: Refusal to Serve in the Israeli Defense Forces during the Lebanon War and the First Intifada: 1982-1993.”
To promote scholarship at UMass Amherst and encourage original research in tSpecial Collections and University Archives, the Libraries sponsor two annual awards open to the 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 undergraduate 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 website and added to the University Archives.
For more information, contact Rob Cox, head of Special Collections, at or 545-6842.