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Activities of the Friends

Winter Reception. Guests from Sleepy Hollow Restorations and
the Irving Trust joined the Friends and members of the library
staff' at a reception in the Rotunda of Low Memorial Library on
Thursday afternoon, February 3, which opened the exhibition
"The Bicentenary of the Birth of Washington Irving, A.M., 1821,
LL.D., 1829." Based on the Libraries' extensive holdings of first
editions, manuscripts and drawings, the exhibition also included
items of memorabilia loaned by Sleepy Hollow Restorations. The
exhibition was moved in March to the third floor of Butler Library
where it remains on view through May 23.

Bancroft Awards Dinner. The Rotunda of Low Memorial Library
was again the setting for the annual Bancroft Awards Dinner,
which was sponsored by the Friends and held on Thursday eve¬
ning, April 7. Dr. Gordon N. Ray, Chairman of the Friends, pre¬
sided. President Michael I. Sovern announced the winners of the
1983 awards for books published in 1982 which a jury deemed of
exceptional merit and distinction in the fields of American history
and diplomacy. Awards were presented for the following: John
P. Demos, Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and Culture of Early
New England, published by the Oxford University Press; and
Nick Salvatore, Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist, published
by the University of Illinois Press. The President presented to the
author of each book a $4,000 award from funds provided by the
Edgar A. and Frederic Bancroft Foundation; Dr. Ray presented
citations to the publishers.

Future Meetings. iVIeetings of die Friends during 1983-1984 have
been scheduled for the following dates: Fall meeting, Thursday
evening, November 3; Winter exhibition opening, Thursday af¬
ternoon, February 2; and Bancroft Awards Dinner, Thursday
evening, March 29.

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