DeGolyer Exhibition and Bookbinding Competition, 2015

Seventh Triennial Helen Warren DeGolyer Exhibition and Bookbinding Competition, 2015

Established in 1995, the Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition and Competition for American Bookbinding is hosted every three years by Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The competition, exhibition, and accompanying DeGolyer Conference aim to inspire and encourage the craft and art of bookbinding in the United States.


The DeGolyer Competition invites American bookbinders to propose a design for a book held by Bridwell Library Special Collections and to submit a recently completed example of his or her work. The winner of the Helen Warren DeGolyer Award for American Bookbinding receives a commission to realize his or her proposed design. In addition, prizes for Excellence in Fine Binding and Design are awarded. The competition book for 2015 is:


Bernard C. Middleton (1924 - ). The Restoration of Leather Bindings.
Chicago: American Library Association, 1976.


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 copy of Middleton’s classic manual of bookbinding, signed by the author. The work offers a comprehensive overview of traditional restoration techniques, tools, and materials. The volume 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.


Completed commissions of previous DeGolyer Award winners and all competition entries, including design proposals and sample bindings, are exhibited in The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries at Bridwell Library. In addition, a PDF containing an image of each proposal and sample binding is available here.




Priscilla Spitler
 2015 DeGolyer Award for 
American Bookbinding

Jana Pullman
Award for Excellence in Fine Binding

Samuel Feinstein
Award for Design


Ethan Ensign Don Etherington Erin Fletcher
Gabrielle Fox William Franklin Wilfredo A. Geigel
M. Sue Gilly Karen Hanmer Rose Harms
B. E. Hoffman Lang Ingalls Forrest Jackson
Jamie Kamph Esther Kibby Nancy Nitzberg
James Reid-Cunningham Judy Sgantas James Tapley