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Friend of History Award

The deadline for the 2017 award has passed. Information on the 2018 award will be available summer 2017.


First given in 2005, the Friend of History Award recognizes an institution or organization, or an individual working primarily outside college or university settings, for outstanding support of historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH. Recipients will be selected by the OAH Executive Committee from nominations that should include a statement of no more than five pages describing the nominee’s distinguished contributions and, if for an individual, a CV of no more than five pages. The nomination packet also may contain up to ten additional pages of supporting materials that document the nominee’s distinguished service or letters that support the nomination. Nominations will remain active for three years. Please indicate “2017 Friend of History Award” in the subject line and send nomination as a PDF by midnight (PST) on October 3, 2016 to friendofhistory@oah.org.

OAH Executive Committee Members:

Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University, President (Committee Chair)
Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond, President-Elect
Earl Lewis, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Vice President
Jay S. Goodgold, Independent Investor, Treasurer
Jon Butler, Yale University/University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Immediate Past President
Katherine M. Finley, Executive Director, ex officio
Executive Editor/Editor, Journal of American History, ex officio

Past Winners