Friday, January 20, 2012

Libraries announce archives research contest winners!

Penn State's Special Collections Library recently conducted its local version of the Society of American Archivists “I Found it in the Archives” contest ( contest gave researchers an opportunity to submit an essay describing their quest for information within the Special Collections Library. Several superb entries were received and blind-reviewed by an expert panel of judges. The first place winner’s entry will be submitted for the national contest to be judged by the Society of American Archivists.

The Penn State winners will be acknowledged by the University Libraries Dean Barbara Dewey and presented with their prizes by Special Collections Library Head Tim Pyatt at a special ceremony at 2 p.m. on Jan. 18 in Foster Auditorium, 101 Paterno Library. This ceremony is open to the public.

The contest winners are:

First Place (Recipient of a $100 Barnes and Noble gift card):
Mark Dyreson, kinesiology
Essay topic: 1940s “Fair Play” movement to integrate intercollegiate athletics

Second Place (Recipient of a Penn State fleece jacket):
Deryck Holdsworth, geography
Essay Topic: Cambria House Hotel Ledger

Third place (Recipient of a copy of the Penn State Press’ "Ice Cream U" with a $10 Berkey Creamery gift card):
Dr. Dean Snow, anthropology
Essay topic: Bishop James Ussher Medieval Manuscripts

Fourth place tie (Recipients will choose either of a copy of "The Nittany Lion: An Illustrated Tale" or "Penn State: Then and Now"):
Michelle Kennedy, undergraduate student, medieval studies
Essay Topic: Medieval Facsimiles
Ronald A. Smith, emeritus kinesiology
Essay Topic: State College Memorial Field, “the Sinkhole”

For more information, contact Jackie Esposito at 814-865-1793.

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