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The Seventh Helen Warren DeGolyer
Triennial Exhibition and Competition for
American Bookbinding

Announcing the 2015 Helen Warren DeGolyer Bookbinding Competition at Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University:

In honor of the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Competition for American Bookbinding the 2015 Award Commission will be Mrs. DeGolyer’s unbound copy of Bernard C. Middleton,The Restoration of Leather Bindings (Chicago: American Library Association, 1976). This classic manual of bookbinding conservation offers a comprehensive overview of traditional restoration techniques, tools, and materials. It is illustrated with numerous black and white photographs by the author and his bindery assistant Eric Horne, and detailed drawings and diagrams by Aldren A. Watson.

Middleton Restoration of Leather Bindings
2015 Awards


    Helen  Warren DeGolyer Award for American Bookbinding
    • Honors the entry that demonstrates the best of creativity and craftsmanship in the art of fine bookbinding.
    • $6000 commission
    Award for Excellence in Fine Binding
    • Recognizes a completed binding that demonstrates excellence in structure and the use of materials.
    • $2000 prize
    Award for Design
    • Recognizes a design that demonstrates originality, effectiveness, and appropriateness to the selected text.
    • $1000 prize

Submission Guidelines 

DeGolyer Past Exhibitions

Image credit: The Restoration of Leather Bindings, ©1972. Used with permission from Oak Knoll Press.