Philadelphia, PA          The Penn Libraries is proud to announce that the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts will receive a 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Award for the 2015 exhibition catalog, “The Image Affair: Dreyfus in the Media, 1894-1906.”

This full-color, illustrated catalog, examines a student-curated exhibition of ephemera related to the infamous wrongful conviction for treason, and eventual exoneration, of Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus as it played out in the French media at the turn of the last century. Encompassing the full range of the period's print culture including the illustrated press, broadsheets, photography, postcards, films, and even board games, the exhibition drew its content from Penn Libraries’ Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair, one of the largest such collections in the world. Expanded essays on each section of the exhibition by the students of University of Pennsylvania Art History Professor Andre Dombrowski’s, “The Image Affair: Dreyfus in the Media, 1894-1906” class provide rich scholarly context.

The symbiotic partnership between Dombroski’s class and Kislak Center designers and curators produced the elements that garnered the most praise from the Leab Awards committee. David Faulds, Chair of the RBMS Exhibitions Awards Committee, stated that he was impressed by the “innovative approach to an historical event by examining it through the visual culture that surrounded it, the subtle, but beautiful and unifying graphic design elements, and the significance of the fact that such an excellent catalog was the result of a student-curated exhibition.”

Other 2016 Leab winners include: the Grolier Club, the Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica, Yale University’s East Asia Library, and Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

“The Image Affair” is available for purchase on the Penn Libraries online store:


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