The Philip Hofer prize is awarded each year to students at Harvard whose collections of books or works of art best exemplify the traditions of breadth, coherence, and imagination represented by Philip Hofer, A.B. '21, L.H.D. '67, founder and first Curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library and Secretary of the Fogg Art Museum. The prize, which is to encourage student interest in collecting, was established in 1987 by Melvin R. Seiden, A.B. '52, L.L.B. '55. Students competing for the prize submit an annotated list or bibliography and an essay describing the scope, contents, and goal of the collection.

On exhibition are samples of this year’s prize-winning entries: first prize, “Learning My ABC’s: Carter Collected,” by Luke Kennedy Kelly, Harvard College '19; first prize, “Constructing the City: National Narratives and Cultural Tourism in Tbilisi, 1950-Present,” submitted by Angela Wheeler, second-year student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; second prize, “Searching for My Identity: Teaching Myself Theravada Buddhism and Folk Traditions in Myanmar,” by Khin-Kyemon Aung, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School '20. More information about the winners and their collections is available in this Houghton Library blog.