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Erik Barnouw Award


One or two awards are given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of outstanding programming on television, or in documentary film, concerned with American history, the study of American history, and/or the promotion of American history. The award honors the late Erik Barnouw, Columbia University, a historian of the mass media.

Submissions should be self-contained products even though their content may extend across other media platforms (including podcasts and websites).

Only films and video programs released January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 are eligible for entry.

The award will be presented at the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, April 16–19.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2015 Erik Barnouw Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members and the OAH office listed below. Each committee member and the OAH must receive all submissions by January 7, 2015.

Erik Barnouw Award Committee

Veronica Savory McComb (Committee Chair)
Assistant Professor of History
Lenoir-Rhyne University
625 7th Avenue NE, Box 7160
Hickory NC 28601

Michael W. Flamm
Department of History
Ohio Wesleyan University
61 South Sandusky Street
Delaware OH 43015

Brian Hendricks
1719 West Homewood Avenue
Springfield IL 62704
[Affiliation: Benedictine University]

Please also mail a copy to:

2015 OAH Erik Barnouw Award
Organization of American Historians
112 North Bryan Avenue
Bloomington IN 47408-4141

The final decision will be made by the Erik Barnouw Award Committee by February 2015. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation, where she or he will receive a cash award and a plaque.


List of Past Winners