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Avery O. Craven Award

The deadline for the 2016 award has passed. Information on the 2017 award will be available summer 2016.


Avery O. CravenThe Avery O. Craven Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the most original book on the coming of the Civil War, the Civil War years, or the Era of Reconstruction, with the exception of works of purely military history. The exception recognizes and reflects Craven's Quaker convictions. Avery O. Craven was president of the OAH 1963–1964.

Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

The award will be presented at the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, April 7–10.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2016 Avery O. Craven Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2015.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2015 and before January 1, 2016. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be sent to each committee member postmarked no later than January 7, 2016. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right.)

If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct timeframe making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.

The final decision will be made by the Avery O. Craven Award Committee by February 2016. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

Avery O. Craven Award Committee

Stephen Berry (Committee Chair)
Department of History
111 LeConte Hall
University of Georgia
Athens GA 30602-1602

Ari Kelman
McCabe Greer Professor of History
Pennsylvania State University
Department of History
108 Weaver Building
University Park PA 16802

Amy Murrell Taylor
Department of History
1715 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506-0027


List of Past Winners