Prize for Collecting Works on Paper celebrates ten years

Oct 9, 2019

Historic New England’s tenth annual Prize for Collecting Works on Paper honors three collectors who focus on collecting works that reflect their enthusiasm for community. The 2019 prize is awarded to Sam Allen, Lance Llewellyn, and Earl Taylor.

Postcard of Bakers Mill in Dorchester

Sam Allen has amassed a collection of ephemera on New Hampshire town and city anniversaries and the Old Home Days celebrations. The collection includes town histories, celebration programs, posters, broadsides, and postcards. Allen is frequently contacted by historical societies and local historians to share this resource. He plans to donate the collection to the New Hampshire Historical Society.

Lance Llewellyn’s collection relates to the State of Vermont, with a focus on the City of Burlington. The collection of postcards, maps, and memorabilia also includes more than 800 books and pamphlets, 200 objects, plus sheet music, brochures, advertisements, and souvenirs. The collection was donated to Champlain College and an exhibition of highlights from the collection is on display in Roger H. Perry Hall.

Earl Taylor has a vast collection of material related to the history of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Starting in 2001 with the quest for Dorchester postcards, the collection now contains more than 1,000 postcards plus advertisements, architectural illustrations, books, pamphlets, yearbooks, photographs, diaries, manuscripts, and matchbook covers. Taylor donated the collection to the Dorchester Historical Society where items may be viewed in exhibitions and on the Dorchester Illustration blog.

About the Prize

This is the tenth annual Prize for Collecting Works on Paper. The prize was established by Historic New England to honor one or more collectors or dealers each year who have assembled or helped save significant collections related to New England or the nation as a whole.

See a complete list of past Prize for Collecting Works on Paper winners.

Celebrate the Winners

Celebrate the tenth annual Prize for Collecting Works on Paper and hear remarks from the winners at An Evening of Celebrations: Historic New England Honors Authors and Collectors at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, November 20, at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required; please call 617-994-6679 or email [email protected].