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National Book Awards Collection

Identifier: GTM-20220101

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of promotional materials and other ephemera related to the National Book Awards. It includes press kits (1959, 1971-1973), programs (2001, 2011), publicity items related to Saul Bellow's novel Mr. Sammler's Planet (1969-1970), a signed broadside copy of Mary Lee Settle's National Book Award acceptance speech (1978), and a set of National Book Award medallion stickers (2023).

The collection also contains a handbook titled "Writers in Indian Country: A Handbook for Author Residency Programs with Native American Students" (2005), with two letter signed by program officials to the poet and educator Michael Collier.


  • 1969 - 2023


Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box and 2 oversized folders)

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Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Quill and Brush with funds provided by the Healy Fund, 2022 and 2023.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused in acid-free boxes and folders.

National Book Awards Collection
John Zarrillo
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057