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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 says.

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 book.

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.