Columbia Library columns (v.9(1959Nov-1960May))

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Activities of the Friends


Bancroft Awards Dinner. On Wednesday, April 20, members of
the Friends of the Columbia Libraries and their guests gathered
for the culminating event of the academic year—the Bancroft
Awards Dinner which was held in the Rotunda of Low Memorial
Library. Mr. C. Waller Barrett, the Chairman of our association

During the program. President Kirk announced the winners
of the prizes for the two books judged by the Bancroft Prize Jury
to be the best published in the field of American history during
1959: In the Days of McKinley, by Margaret Leech, and The Age
of the Democratic Revolution, a Political History of Europe and
Ajnerica, 1160-1800, by R. R. Palmer. He presented a $3000
check to Professor Palmer, who responded with a short address.
Miss Leech was unable to be present. Certificates were presented
to officers of Harper and Brothers and of tlie Princeton Universiry
Press, the publishers, respectively, of the two award-winning
books. Mr. Cass Canfield of Harpers responded on behalf of Miss
Leech. The principal speaker for the occasion was Dr. Louis B.
Wright, the Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library and
Chairman of the Advisory Board of the John Simon Guggenheim
Memorial Foundation.

Mrs. Albert M. Baer of the Friends' Council was Chairman of
the Committee which made the arrangements.


Although we have customarily printed in the May issue of
Columns the annual statement as to the amount which has been
contributed by the Friends during the 12-month period ending on

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