June 23, 2017

DRT Library Collection Awards

Elaine B. Davis Research Award

The Elaine B. Davis Research Award, endowed by the 2007-2009 Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee chaired by Connie Impelman and sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, is awarded to bring scholars to San Antonio, Texas, to work with the materials housed at the DRT Library. Mrs. Davis served as Director of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library from 1998 to 2008.

Award Recipients
2009    Debra Winegarten
2010    Julia Bookins

DRT Library Collection Book Awards

The June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History

The June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History is endowed by the family of June Franklin Naylor and sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas DRT Library Collection Committee. Mrs. Naylor was a former schoolteacher and long-time resident of Odessa and she served as President General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas from 1989 to 1991. The award is presented annually to the author/illustrator of the most distinguished book for children, grades K-6, that accurately portrays the history of Texas, whether fiction or nonfiction. The winning book receives a monetary gift, the honor of a DRT Library book medallion for their book covers and an invitation to attend and speak at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas State Convention in May.

Award Recipients
2004    Cattle Trails and Cowboys by Sally Senzell Isaacs
2005    Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly by Dr. Anne Bustard
2006    The Lady in the Blue Cloak by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Susan Guevara
2007    Remember the Alamo: Texians, Tejanos and Mexicans Tell Their Stories by Paul Robert Walker
2008    Buffalo Music by Tracey E. Fern and illustrated by Lauren Castillo
2009    The Crimson Cap by Ellen Howard
2010    Crosswire by Dottie Enderle
2013    A Picture Book of Sam Houston by David A. Adler and Michael Adler and illustrated by Matt Collins

General Guidelines for the June Franklin Naylor Award

The book must have been published for the first time within the calendar years specified, January – June .  The exception to this rule is the reprint of an early book for children that is annotated or revised to make its story accessible to today’s students. Three (3) copies of the book must be submitted for each nomination. All books become the property of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and will not be returned.  Publishers should submit entries published during the specified years, to the DRT Library Committee Chair and postmarked no later than October 31.  Entries are to be mailed to:
DRT Library Collection Committee Chair
DRT Headquarters
510 East Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas  78752—1237

Selections will be made from books nominated. If no book nominated is considered to meet the listed criteria, no award will be presented.  The text and illustrations should be of highest quality and accuracy.

A three-member panel of judges will be comprised of persons from the following categories: historians, teachers, school and public librarians, Library Science and Children’s Literature professors, library/educational coordinators, and DRT members with library science/education degrees who are approved by the DRT Library Committee Chairman. These judges will select the top five entries.  All committee members will meet in San Antonio by the end of March, with a representative of the Naylor family, to select the award winner from the top five choices.

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $400, a framed certificate and the honor of having the DRT Library Collection Award Seal displayed on their books. If the winning entry has multiple authors and/or illustrators, the committee may choose to honor them singly or together.  If there is more than one honored, the cash award will be divided among them.  Awards will be presented in May of 2018 at the Historical Evening dinner during the Annual Conference of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.  Only the finalist will be notified prior to the awards ceremony.   The award winner will be responsible for his/her travel expenses, but will attend the dinner as a guest of the DRT Library Collection Committee.

The Virginia M. Law Award for the Most Distinguished Book on Texas History for Young Adults

The Virginia M. Law Award for the Best Book for Young Adults on Texas History is endowed by Mrs. Law’s daughter, Nancy M. Law, and is sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas DRT Library Collection Committee. Mrs. Law was an active member of the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters, an enthusiastic supporter of the purpose and efforts of DRT and a strong proponent of education. The award is presented annually to the author/illustrator of the most distinguished book for young adults, grades 7-12, that accurately portrays the history of Texas, whether fiction or nonfiction. The winning book receives a monetary gift, the honor of a DRT Library book medallion for their book covers and an invitation to attend and speak at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas State Convention in May.

Award Recipients
2008    The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones by Helen Hemphill
2009    The Evolution of Capurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

General Guidelines for the Virginia M. Law Award

The book must have been published for the first time within the calendar years, January- June of the specified year.  The exception to this rule is the reprint of an early book for children that is annotated or revised to make its story accessible to today’s students. Three (3) copies of the book must be submitted for each nomination. All books become the property of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and will not be returned.  Publishers should submit entries published during the specified years to the DRT Library Committee Chair and postmarked no later than October 31.  Entries are to be mailed to:
DRT Library Collection Committee Chair
DRT Headquarters
510 East Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas  78752—1237

Selections will be made from books nominated. If no book nominated is considered to meet the listed criteria, no award will be presented.  The text and illustrations should be of the highest quality and accuracy.

A three-member panel of judges will be comprised of persons from the following categories: historians, teachers, school and public librarians, Library Science and Children’s Literature professors, library/educational coordinators, and DRT members with library science/education degrees who are approved by the DRT Library Committee Chairman. These judges will select the top five entries.  All committee members will meet in San Antonio by the end of March, with a representative of the Law family, to select the award winner from the top five choices.

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $400, a framed certificate and the honor of having the DRT Library Collection Award Seal displayed on their books. If the winning entry has multiple authors and/or illustrators, the committee may choose to honor them singly or together.  If there is more than one honored, the cash award will be divided among them.  Awards will be presented in May of 2018 at the Historical Evening dinner during the Annual Conference of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.  Only the finalist will be notified prior to the awards ceremony.   The award winner will be responsible for his/her travel expenses, but will attend the dinner as a guest of the DRT Library Collection Committee.

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