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Avery O. Craven Award

The deadline for the 2018 award has passed. Information on the 2019 award will be available summer 2018.


The 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, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

The award will be presented at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12–14.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2018 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 2, 2017.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 2, 2017 and before January 1, 2018. 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 8, 2018. (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 2018. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

Avery O. Craven Award Committee

Sarah E. Gardner (Committee Chair)
Mercer University
Department of History
1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon GA 31207

Dinah Mayo-Bobee
East Tennessee State University
Department of History
325 Treasure Lane
Johnson City TN 37614

Publishers and shippers should note that all customs clearance fees are the responsibility of the sender. Please take the appropriate action to ensure fees are paid for on foreign destinations. Committee members are not required to pay customs fees to receive award submissions. Failure to reach all committee members due to inadequate mailing could mean disqualification of your submission.
David Silkenat
University of Edinburgh
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
William Robertson Wing
Old Medical School
Teviot Place
Edinburgh EH8 9AG


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