Newton Collection Competition Past Winners
When the competition gained popularity under A. Edward Newton's patronage in 1930, winners were selected by Newton and granted a $50 award. Newton's original criteria stated that "an award of fifty dollars should be made annually to the student who, during an agreed-upon term, had:
- Formed the best, not the largest, collection of books in one or more departments in which the student was specializing, be it literature, chemistry, engineering, or what not.
- Given evidence by the selection and care of his books of his appreciation of the joy of ownership. It was recognized that few, if any, students can, while at college, afford the luxury of first editions, but well-edited editions printed by responsible publishers are always to be preferred to showy books made to sell rather than to be read.
- Could pass reasonably well an oral examination upon his library and who knew why the edition he had selected was to be preferred to some other."
Today, winners can receive up to $600.
Ben Goosen '13
Paul Cato '14
- 1st prize: Ben Goosen '13, The Hobbit: A Journey from Tolkien to Us... and Back Again (.pdf)
- 2nd prize: Paul Cato '14, Tales of American Royalty: An Exercise in American History (.pdf)
- Read more about these collections in this article from The Daily Gazette.
Ben Goosen '13
Joan Huang '15
Madeleine Booth '15
Miyuki Baker '12
- 1st prize: Ben Goossen '13, Faith and Family through Four Centuries: Books of Mennonite History
- 2nd prize: Joan Huang '15, Creator-Owned Comics: A Labor of Love and Madness
- 3rd prize: Madeleine Booth '15, Past and Co.
- Honorable mention: Miyuki Baker '12, Legibly Queer
Ben Goossen '13
Chris Geissler '13
- 1st prize: Ben Goosen '13, Art and Illustration: The Art of N.C. Wyeth (.pdf)
- 2nd prize: Chris Geissler '13, Tolkien's Middle Earth: Its History and Interpretation
- 3rd prize: Mackenzie Pierce '11, Music and Philosophy: A Friendship
Meredith Firetog '10
- 1st prize: Meredith Firetog '10, Tangled Up in Bob Dylan (.pdf)
- 2nd prize: Myles Dakan '10, Notes Almost Divine: American Shape Notes Hymody
- 3rd prize: Ben Goossen '13, History of the Future: The Literary Evolution of Science Fiction (.pdf)
Julian Chender '09
- 1st prize: Julian Chender '09, Humor: Jews, Soldiers, and Other Suffering People
- 2nd prize: Stephan Graf '09, Post-1945 Art and the Politics of Identity
- 1st prize: Jake Brunkard '08, Collecting the Underground: Black Sparrow Press
- 2nd prize: Mark Kharas '08, Quakerism: An Academic and Devotional Analysis of a Religion
- 3rd prize: Trude Raizen '08, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend: Assorted Baseball Books
- 1st prize: Micaela Baranello '07, Opera: History, Performance, Theory (and Humor) (.pdf)
- 2nd prize: Bradford Taylor '07, The Bird Watchers' Way of Life
- 1st prize: Mai Pucik '06, Identity Crises (and the Lack Thereof) in Sequential Narratives (.pdf)
- 2nd prize: Smita Ghosh '06, Past and Future: A Collection of Bengali Literature (.pdf)
- 3rd prize: Elsa Trimble '06, Experiencing Art in the Soviet Union (.pdf)
Anna Torres '07's Yiddishkeit collection on display in McCabe
- 1st prize: Bridges'05, Printing, Typography, and Book Arts (.pdf)
- 2nd prize: Eliza Anderson'05, Classic Texts of Christian Theology and Spirituality (.pdf)
- 3rd prize: Anna Torres '07, Yiddishkeit (.pdf)
- 1st prize: Micah Horwith '06, Evolution of the Epic
- 2nd prize: Benjamin Kabak '05, Collection of Works Relating to Baseball
- 3rd prize: Sarah St. Vincent '04, Books on Asian Arts, History, Literature, and Religion
- 1st prize: Hollis Easter '03, Celtic Books
- 2nd prize: Gabriel Hankins '03, In-Between Books and Classics
- 1st prize: Jonah Volk '03, Graphic Novels
- 2nd prize: Michelle Siu-Ching Lee '02, Books on Modern French Art
- 3rd prize (tie): Kaysha Corinealdi '02, Looking at History Through Novels, and Chirag Chotalia '04, Macaulay’s Indian Children
- 1st prize: LiErin Probasco '04, Fairy Tales
- 2nd prize: Jill Bean '02, Books Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
- 3rd prize (tie): Rashelle Isip '03, Books on the Subject of Doctor Who, and Kellam Conover '03, Classical Texts Collection
Entries from 1979-2000 coming soon!
1978: 1st prize: David Crow '80; 2nd prize: Anne MacDowell '78; 3rd prize: Gregg Davis '80
1977: 1st prize: James Polk '79; 2nd prize: Kay Naquin '78; 3rd prize: Todd Kennedy '78
1976: 1st prize: Pieter Judson '78; 2nd prize: Robert Neufeld '76; 3rd prize: Thomas Quinn '76
1975: 1st prize: Chris Plum '75; 2nd prize: David Sewell '76; 3rd prize: Julie Eades '75
1974: 1st prize: Deborah Kogan '74 ; 2nd prize: Wallace Harrington Jr. '74
1973: 1st prize: Richard Kuhta '73; 2nd prize: William Hawkins '75 and Chris Atinson '73
1972: 1st prize: Robert C. May '73
1971: No prizes awarded
1970: 1st prize: Richard Welsh '70
1969: 1st prize: Francis Randolph '73
1968: No records found. This is likely due to the completion of McCabe Library in 1968.
1967: 1st prize: Marc Hofstadter '67
1966: 1st prize: Thomas Wolf '68
1965: 1st prize: Leonard Barkan '65
1964: No records found. The Libraries at this point were in flux due to shifting college librarians.
1963: 1st prize: Edward H. Allen '64
1962: 1st prize: Judith Markham Hughes '62
1961: 1st prize: T. Paul Schultz '61
1960: 1st prize: James L. Perkins '60
1959: 1st prize: David J. Klingener '59
1958: 1st prize: Edwin V. Bishop '68
1956-1957: No records found.
1955: 1st prize: Jerrold N. Moore '55
More past winning entries are available in the Librarian's Office.