Ann W. and Emanuel D. Rudolph Student Book Collecting Awards

Emanuel D. Rudolph in the living room of his home taken in 1991 by Kevin Fitzsimmons, Photographer, The Ohio State University. Photo courtesy of University Archives.
Emanuel D. Rudolph in the living room of his home taken in 1991 by Kevin Fitzsimmons. Photo courtesty of University Archives.

About the Ann W. and Emanuel D. Rudolph Student Book Collecting Awards

Ann and Emanuel Rudolph were avid book collectors. In their lifetimes they collected over 53,000 volumes which they catalogued and preserved in their homes. They also enjoyed sharing their collection with countless students and book lovers. Dr. Rudolph was a professor of plant biology at The Ohio State University for many years, and his wife, Ann, was a librarian with Battelle Memorial Institute.

The Rudolphs' generosity established an endowment to provide a scholarship to encourage young people to develop an interest in books and to pursue collections of their own. From this endowment, awards are provided on a biannual basis to students based upon an essay related to their interest in collecting and preserving books.

Want to know more? Check out more than 12,000 volumes available in the Ann W. and Emanuel D. Rudolph Collection and more than 7,000 volumes in the Emanuel Rudolph Children’s Science Collection, housed in the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library.

Scholarship Award

Three undergraduates will be selected to win.

First Place: $1,000

Second Place: $500

Third Place: $250

The first place winner may use their essay to qualify for the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS) and the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division. (See the National Collegiate Book Collecting website for more information.)

This award will next be given in 2024. Applications will be accepted beginning in February 2024.

For more information, check out Rules and Details and Frequently Asked Questions.