Since 1949, an annual student book collection contest has been held at the University of California, Los Angeles, to stimulate
student interest in reading and book collecting. From its inception, the contest has been sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Robert
B. Campbell. Mr. Campbell is the founder of Campbell's Book Store which has served the UCLA community since 1924 when it originally
opened its doors across the street from the Vermont campus. In 1929, the shop moved to Westwood Village. The contest has received
additional support from the Friends of the UCLA Library, organized in 1951 for the purpose of enriching the resources of the
Library. Beginning in 1966, organizations such as the Graduate Students' Association, the UCLA Library Staff Association,
the ASUCLA Students' Bookstore and the Book Publishers' Association of Southern California have sponsored "special" prizes
to be awarded at the discretion of the judges. Instrumental in establishing guidelines and procedures for the competition
were Andrew H. Horn, Robert L. Quinsey, Lawrence Clark Powell and Robert Vosper.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections University Archives Reference Desk for paging information.