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Merle Curti Award

The deadline for the 2015 award has passed. Information on the next award to be given in 2016 will be available summer 2015.


Merle CurtiTwo awards are given annually by the Organization of American Historians: one to the author of the best book in American social history; and one to the author of the best book in American intellectual history.

Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

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 Merle Curti Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions by October 1, 2014.

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 prize submissions. Failure to reach all committee members due to inadequate mailing could mean disqualification of your prize submission.

Please indicate social history or intellectual history for each book submitted.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2014 and before January 1, 2015. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received no later than January 7, 2015. (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 Merle Curti 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.

Merle Curti Award Committee Members

Susan M. Hartmann (Committee Chair)
Department of History
Ohio State University
106 Dulles Hall
230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210

Angus Burgin
Department of History
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street, 301 Gilman Hall
Baltimore MD 21218

Leslie Butler
Department of History, 6107
Dartmouth College
Hanover NH 03755

Ellen Eslinger
1716 West Chase Avenue
Chicago IL 60626
[Affiliation:  DePaul University]

Russell A. Kazal
[Please note: Applicants/shippers are responsible for customs clearance fees and should make sure all appropriate fees are paid.]
Department of Historical and Cultural Studies
University of Toronto, Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff
Department of History
Gambrell Hall 245
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208


List of Past Winners