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Award Citations, 1963

HI Archives collection no. 17
Portfolio on shelf

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This collection contains two Oberly Memorial Award Citations given to the Hunt Botanical Library and Allan Henry Stevenson (1903–1970) in 1963 by the Reference Services Division of the American Library Association “for the best bibliography submitted in the field of agriculture or the related sciences, 1961–1962” for the “Catalogue of Botanical Books in the Collection of Rachel McMasters Hunt, Vol. II, Parts 1 and 2, 1701–1800” (published by the Hunt Botanical Library, 1961). The catalogue provides a detailed bibliographic record of 800 rare publications, mostly botanical, in Mrs. Hunt’s collection.

Allan Henry Stevenson was born in Merlin, Ontario, and received a Ph. D. from University of Chicago in 1949. Stevenson’s major contribution to bibliography was using betaradiography to identify place and date of the manufacture of book paper. With his method he was able to prove that the “Constance Missal,” said to be the first printed book, actually was printed about 15 years after the Gutenburg Bible.  Compiled from obituaries in The New York Times (3 April 1970) and the The Book Collector 19(2): 238, 1970.

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