During the last half of the twentieth century, Helen Warren DeGolyer
(†1995)was a well-known supporter of education and the arts in Dallas. She was
also an artist herself, particularly skilled at the art of bookbinding. In 1996,
the brother of Mrs. DeGolyer, Joseph Warren (†2006), and Mrs. DeGolyer’s
children, Everett Lee DeGolyer and Edith DeGolyer, fulfilled her testamentary
wishes, and established an endowment to support the Helen Warren DeGolyer
Triennial at Bridwell Library, as well as donating Mrs. DeGolyer’s collection of
fine bindings to Bridwell Library, which included over twenty-five of her own
design bindings. The triennial takes place in conjunction with a national
conference on the book arts at Bridwell Library in late spring.
About Helen Warren DeGolyer
The Helen Warren DeGolyer Exhibition and Award for American
Bookbinding challenges binders of all levels to submit a design for
an important book in Bridwell’s collections and a recent example of
their work. The DeGolyer Award winner receives a commission to bind
the book. In addition to the commission, awards for technique and
design will be presented. A jury comprised of binding historians,
librarians, and the previous winner of the DeGolyer Award will judge
the entries on artistic merit and innovation in design, as well as
excellence in structure, workmanship, and selection and use of
materials. The competition is open to U.S. citizens.
The triennial exhibition is a juried show drawn from the competition
and takes place in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries of
Bridwell Library . The exhibition consists of both completed example
bindings and the proposed designs for the book in question chosen
from competition entries for inclusion by the jury. A full-color
online catalog accompanies the exhibit.
The next triennial will take place in 2012.
Post-Conference Newsletter and
(WINNER: DeGolyer Award for American
Donald Glaister (Second Place, tie)
Monique Lallier (Second Place, tie)
Julie Stackpole (Honorable Mention for Design)
Priscilla Spitler (Honorable Mention for Binding)
Deborah Evetts (Judges' Distinction for Interpretation)
Peter and Donna Thomas (Judges' Distinction for Innovation)
Don Etherington (WINNER: DeGolyer Award for American Bookbinding)
David Bourbeau (Craft Guild of Dallas Special Mention for Technical
Jamie Kamph (Honorable Mention for Design and Binding)
Marky Miles (Honorable Mention for Design)
Eleanore E. Ramsey (Honorable Mention for Binding)
Peter and Donna Thomas (Craft Guild of Dallas Special Mention for Innovative
Dorothy Westapher (Craft Guild of Dallas Special Mention for Design)
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986). Ficciones. Buenos Aires,
Argentina: Ediciones Dos Amigos, 1987. Illustrated by Gabriela
Aberastury, Julio Pagnao, Mirta Ripoll, Raúl Russo, and Alicia
Scavino. Copy number 26 of 42. 26 x 33.5 cm.
Mark Twain (1835-1910). Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press, 1985. Illustrated by
Barry Moser. Foreward by Henry Nash Smith. 32.4 x 25.4
James Joyce (1882-1941). Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare
and Company, 1922. Printed for Sylvia Beach by Maurice Darantière
at Dijon. First edition, no. 313 of 1000 copies. 23 X 18 cm.
The Book of Common Prayer and the Administration of the
Sacrament and Other Rights and Ceremonies of the Church According to
the Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of
America, Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David ([Boston]:
Printed for the Commission, 1928 [issued 1930]). Five hundred paper
copies and twelve vellum copies printed by David Berkeley Updike.
Vellum. Bridwell Library Special Collections.
36 x 25 cm.
Catalogs of the exhibitions: