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2015-16: Edwin Rose, 'Popular natural history and natural philosophy of the eighteenth century’

2014-15: Tom Zille, 'German and English Literature of the Inter-War Period'

2013-14: Christopher White, 'Eugenics in the twentieth century'

2012-13: Chloe Stopa-Hunt, 'C’est la meme folie: Ménage Desmoulins in literature and history'

2011-12: Alessandro Bianchi, ' Japanese popular publications before the twentieth century'

2010-11: Basie Bales Gitlin, 'Canvassing books'

2009-10: Ian Heames,'Small press poetry, mostly British'

2008-9: Boris Jardine, 'Modernism in print'

2007-8: Daniel Hagon, 'Primary sources in the history of mathematics and physics'

2006-7: David Butterfield, 'Landmarks of Classical scholarship'

How to enter

To enter, students should submit a list of their collection together with a short essay, explaining the theme and significance of the collection, by the first day of the Lent full term, Tuesday 17 January 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to talk about their collection to the judges.

Entries should include:

(a) a completed application cover sheet (download in .pdf format or .doc format);
(b) an essay of not more than 500 words explaining the genesis of the collection, what its interest is to the owner, and ideas for future development;
(c) a bibliographic list of the books, with brief annotations (maximum 10 A4 sides in all, including the essay).

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Suzanne Paul, Keeper of Manuscripts and University Archives (tel: 01223 333149; email:sp510@cam.ac.uk). Entries may be sent by post to Dr Suzanne Paul, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR, or by email to sp510@cam.ac.uk (email is preferred where possible).