Merle Curti Social History Award

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2022
Please send as soon as possible to allow for any mail delays that might occur.

A black and white photograph of Merle Curti

One award is given annually to the author of the best book in American social history. Merle Curti was president of the OAH 1951–1952.

Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

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

Submission Procedures


One copy of each entry, clearly labeled "2023 Merle Curti Social History Award Entry," must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2022.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2022 and before January 1, 2023. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received by each committee member postmarked no later than January 7, 2023. (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 Social History Award Committee by February 2023. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Conference on American History and awards presentation. By applying for this award, you are agreeing to OAH’s use of your data however it is needed in the normal course of business if selected as winner or honorable mention. Read our privacy policy here.

Members of the Merle Curti Social History Award Committee

Beth Bailey (Committee Chair)
University of Kansas
Department of History
Wescoe Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Please e-mail the title(s) you are submitting for consideration so the committee can verify that all books have been received: blbailey@ku.edu

Samuel Davis
Texas Christian University
Department of History
TCU Box 297260
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Jacob Lee
Penn State University
Department of History
108 Weaver Building
University Park, PA 16802

Alaina E. Roberts
University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
Posvar Hall, Room 3522
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2022
Please send as soon as possible to allow for any mail delays that might occur.

List of Past Winners