Big win for the Peel team!

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There are five Leabs awarded annually to libraries across North America and the
Caribbean by the ALA/ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS). 
Each copy included a hand-tied fly

Most of the major American rare book libraries have won once or twice, but the only academic libraries to win five or more Leab awards in this century are University of Alberta's Bruce Peel Special Collections (with six wins) and Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (with five wins). A complete list of Leab winners (2001-2020) can be found here.

Bruce Peel Special Collections' Leab Awards:

  • 2020 - Fishing with Flies (a brochure for an exhibition entitled A Contemplative Angler: Selections from the Bruce P. Dancik Collection of Angling Books)
  • 2019 - Experiment: Printing the Canadian Imagination
  • 2018 - Tinctor's Foul Treatise (link to full digital exhibition here)
  • 2015 - "Wow, open this!" Paper Engineering in Books and Artist's Books
  • 2014 - All Under Heaven: The Chinese World in Maps, Pictures, and Texts
  • 2004 - First Impressions: The Fledgling Years of Black Sparrow Press, 1966-1970

Congratulations to the Peel team and to all contributors!

A glimpse of Experiment: Printing the Canadian Imagination

Information about Peel's award-winning current, digital, and previous exhibitions, as well as information about how to access the exhibition catalogues for current or past exhibitions can be found here.






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