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Release: March 2, 1999
UI's Center for the Book wins national award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The American Printing History Association (APHA)
has awarded its 1999 Institutional Prize to the Center for the Book at
the University of Iowa.
The award was presented at the organization's annual meeting Jan. 30
in New York. It was given to the UI program because it advances the public's
knowledge of printing history, says David Zeidberg, Avery Director at the
Huntington Library in California.
The UI has made distinguished contributions to the study, recording,
preservation, and dissemination of printing history, Zeidberg says.
"We've admired the Center since its early beginning, and admired
as well, the evolution and development of its programs. Certainly one of
the Center's most notable achievements has been the creation of the first
academic certificate program in book history and book arts," Zeidberg
The award indicates that we're doing something significant here, says
Tim Barrett, director of the Center for the Book.
"It means a lot to be recognized by the APHA. We're determined
to make new contributions to the field of book studies by bringing the
academic study of the book in culture together with the study of the physical
The APHA is dedicated to preserving the history of typography and printing
and has previously awarded the prize to the Book Club of California, the
Pierpont Morgan Library and the Newberry Library.
The Center for the Book is a nationally known program committed to various
forms of creative book production and the history and future of the book
and its impact on culture.
The award is the second major recognition in the last year. Last August the
National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Center a $25,000 grant to
develop a book studies curriculum.