Activities of the Friends
February Meeting. More than four hundred Friends and guests
attended the reception on Thursday afternoon, February i, open¬
ing the exhibition From Picasso to Rauschenberg. Acquisitions
made during the past 25 years by means of the Albert Ulmann
Fund were featured in the exhibition, and Mrs. Sanford Samuel,
Albert Ulmann's daughter and the donor of the Fund, was the
guest of honor.
Bancroft Awards Dinner. The Rotunda of Low Library was the
setting on Thursday evening, April 5, for the annual Bancroft
Awards Dinner, sponsored by the Friends. Dr. Gordon N. Ray,
Chairman of the Friends, presided. President William J. McGill
announced the winners of the 1979 awards for books published in
1978 which a jury deemed of exceptional merit and distinction in
the fields of American history and diplomacy. Awards were pre¬
sented for the following: Christopher Thorne, Allies of a Kind:
The United States, Britain, and the War Against Japan, i<)4i-
;j^5, published by Oxford University Press; and Anthony F. C.
Wallace, Rockdale: The Growth of an American Village in the
early Industrial Revolution, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
The President presented to the author of each book a $4,000 award
from funds provided by the Edgar A. and Frederic Bancroft
Foundation, and Dr. Ray presented citations to the publishers.
Future Meetings. Meetings of the Friends during 1979-80 have
been scheduled for the following dates: Fall Meeting, Thursday
evening, November 1; Winter Exhibition Opening, Thursday af¬
ternoon, February 7; and the Bancroft Awards Dinner, Thursday
evening, April 3.