Louis Pelzer Memorial Award

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOVEMBER 1, 2022

"The comments from the Pelzer committee really helped not only my essay published in the JAH but also the larger book. I wanted to express my gratitude to the JAH." (Hidetaka Hirota, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, The City College of New York, CUNY; 2012 OAH Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Recipient)
A black and white photograph of Louis Pelzer

The Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee of the Organization of American Historians invites candidates for graduate degrees to submit essays for the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award competition. Essays may deal with any period or topic in the history of the United States. The winning essay will be published in the Journal of American History. Louis Pelzer was president of the OAH 1935–1936.

Essays, including footnotes, should not exceed 10,000 words. An abstract and the electronic version of the essay should be sent to jahms@oah.org with “2023 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Entry” noted in the subject line, and one hard copy should be submitted to the address below. Because manuscripts are judged anonymously, the author’s name and graduate program should appear only on a separate cover page.

The award will be presented at the 2023 OAH Conference on American History in Los Angeles, CA, March 30–April 2.

The winning essay will be published in the Journal of American History.

Significance of the subject matter, literary craftsmanship, and competence in the handling of evidence are some of the factors that will be considered in judging the essays. The deadline for submitting an essay for consideration is November 1, 2022.

Manuscripts should be clearly labeled "2023 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Entry," postmarked by November 1, 2022, and addressed to:

Stephen D. Andrews, Interim Executive Editor, OAH/Interim Editor, Journal of American History
(Chair, 2023 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee)
Journal of American History
1215 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington IN 47401

Committee Members:
Stephen D. Andrews, Interim Executive Editor, OAH/Interim Editor, Journal of American History (Committee Chair)
Catherine J. Denial, Knox College
Quincy Mills, University of Maryland, College Park
Terry Anne Scott, Hood College

The final decision will be made by the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee by February 2023. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Conference on American History and awards presentation.

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DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOVEMBER 1, 2022

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