Historic New England awards 2014 Prize for Collecting Works on Paper
BOSTON – Historic New England’s fifth annual Prize for Collecting Works on Paper was awarded to Mehmed Ali, Ph.D., and Jay T. Last, Ph.D.
Dr. Mehmed Ali is devoted to preserving the history of Lowell, Massachusetts. He has collected material documenting the city’s diverse communities, including Puerto Rican, African-American, Lithuanian, Lao, Cambodian, French-Canadian, Italian, Syrian-Lebanese, and LGBT, and ensured access to these collections at the Center for Lowell History at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell and the Lowell Historical Society.
Dr. Jay T. Last of Beverly Hills, California, has collected American ephemera since the 1970s. He chose to transfer a collection of more than 140,000 paper objects to The Huntington Library in San Marino. His book The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography, examines the European roots and American commercial development of lithography and features highlights from his collection.
This is the fifth annual Prize for Collecting Works on Paper, which was established by Historic New England to be awarded to a collector or dealer who has 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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