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Historic New England awards prize for collecting works on paper

Historic New England awards its 2013 annual Prize for Collecting Works on Paper to Charles Burden, M.D., and Nelson Dionne.

“We are delighted to announce these winners,” said Historic New England Senior Curator of Library and Archives Lorna Condon. “Each recipient has been collecting for decades, and they both donate to museum collections and enjoy sharing their collection with others.”

Charles Burden collects materials related to Maine maritime history and the temperance movement. He worked with staff to provide an authentic array of packaging for the 1942 Marden-Abbott House and Store exhibition at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He has donated many items in his collections to the Maine Maritime Museum and Maine Historical Society.

Nelson Dionne collects items related to the history of Salem. Much of his collection focuses on the city’s industrial history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For more than forty years he built his collection at second-hand shops, estate sales, and auctions. Dionne is the author of two books on Salem, with a third forthcoming. He plans to donate his collection to The Salem Museum and Salem State University.

Historic New England hosts a reception to celebrate the fourth annual Prize for Collecting Works on Paper on Wednesday, May 1, at Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth. Please RSVP by April 24 to Development@HistoricNewEngland.org or call 617-994-5951.

This is the fourth Prize for Collecting Works on Paper, which was established by Historic New England to award a collector or dealer who assembled or helped save a significant collection of historical material related to New England or the broader world that might otherwise have been left unrecognized or lost. The award recognizes collections of works on paper that reveal patterns of human thought and activity, ranging from books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, and drawings to all kinds of ephemera, such as trade cards, scrapbooks, or theater programs.

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Historic New England awards prize for collecting works on paper