Yale University Library News

A Lewis Walpole Library exhibition brochure wins a design award

The Lewis Walpole Library's recent exhibit, Dancing on a Sunny Plain: The Life of Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis exhibition catalog has won the 2014 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Award for Best exhibition catalog, division three. It was designed by Rebecca Martz and edited by Lesley K. Baier in the Office of the University Printer at Yale and written by Susan Walker, librarian at the Lewis Walpole Library.

According to the chair of the award committee, “the charming design and look of this catalog is a lovely example of a donor tribute catalog – Anne Burr Lewis was the wife of a major Yale figure and donor to the Walpole Library, Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis. Perfectly appropriate to the subject, the small, rectangular booklet format holds nicely in the hand with an intimate feel to it while reflecting the gentle personality of its subject. The excellent choice of typefaces makes the catalog very readable and attractive, with a good use of white space. Evocative of the 1920’s when Anne Burr Lewis was a young woman, the reproductions of watercolors are visually beautiful while the use of color and design sense is evident on every page.”

Other winners and commentary can be seen at: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/03/2014-rbms-leab-exhibition-award-winners

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