Bridwell Library’s triennial bookbinding competition is named for Helen Warren DeGolyer (1926–1995), a well-known supporter of the arts and education in Dallas, as well as a skilled devotee of design bookbinding. In 1996, following her testamentary wishes, her brother, Joseph Warren, and her children, Everett Lee DeGolyer and Edith DeGolyer, established an endowment to support a triennial bookbinding competition, exhibition, and conference on the contemporary book arts to be held at Bridwell Library.

The Helen Warren DeGolyer Exhibition and Competition for American Bookbinding challenges bookbinders to submit their design proposals for a specific book held by Bridwell Library, as well as a recent example of their work.  While the DeGolyer Award winner receives a commission to bind the book according to his/her design proposal, the jury also selects award winners for excellence in fine binding and artistic design.

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