Established in 1977, the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting recognizes and encourages book collecting by undergraduates at Harvard. Students competing for the annual prize submit an annotated bibliography and an essay on their collecting efforts, the influence of mentors, the experience of searching for, organizing and caring for items, and the future direction of the collection.

On display are collection samples of this year’s prize-winning entries, along with personal commentary: first prize, “PT-109: Courage Profiled and Collected,” by Luke Kennedy Kelly, ’19; second prize, “History, Humor, and Hope: Considering Jewish Identity in the West after 1945,” by Richard Yarrow, ’19; third prize, “Prayer-Bees and Ethnographies: Books as a Ritual Symbol of the Liminal,” by Nick Colón, ’19. Learn more about the winners and their collections in this Library news article.