Nominations Sought for Candidates to Receive The Maurice Rickards Award
The Maurice Rickards Award Nominating Committee, which is a standing committee of the Society’s Board of Directors, is pleased to announce that it is seeking recommendations from Society members for candidates for this prestigious award.
The Rickards award is the highest honor that the Society bestows and was named in honor of its first recipient, Maurice Rickards, founder of The Ephemera Society in the UK in 1975, and the author of The Encyclopedia of Ephemera. Mr. Rickards is considered a “pioneer” in that he was among the very first to recognize that the “transient documents of everyday life” were deserving of academic study and also for his dedication to bringing together people who shared a passion for the beauty and variety of ephemera.
Members wishing to suggest a candidate should send the name of that person, together with a detailed written statement setting forth the qualifications of that person, based upon the following standards:
The Maurice Rickards Award is presented to a person or persons who have made important contributions to the field of ephemera. He or she does not have to be an American or even a member of The Ephemera Society of America; however, recipients must be seriously involved in the discipline of ephemera as a collector, dealer, researcher, institutional curator, or conservator. Accomplishments in the field include scholarly publications, the preparation of exhibitions and catalogs, the development of new or improved methods of conservation, placement of ephemera collections in public institutions, and the promotion of ephemera as one way of understanding our country’s history.
The recommendation and statement must be sent to the following address:
The Maurice Rickards Nominating Committee
or by mail:
c/o The Ephemera Society of America, Inc.
P.O. Box 95
Cazenovia, NY 13035-0095
Any such submissions must be received at the above address by no later than July 1, 2012 in order to be considered by the Committee.
The Committee will evaluate member recommendations, as well as those from any other sources, and make its recommendation for consideration by the Society’s Board of Directors, at the Board’s mid-year meeting in September 2012.