Ray Allen Billington Prize


A black and white photograph of Ray Allen Billington

The Ray Allen Billington Prize is awarded biennially by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book on the history of native and/or settler peoples in frontier, border, and borderland zones of intercultural contact in any century to the present and to include works that address the legacies of those zones. Ray Allen Billington was president of the OAH 1962–1963.

Each entry must be published during the two-year period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020.

The prize will be presented at the 2021 OAH Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, April 15–18.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2021 Ray Allen Billington Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2020.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2020 and before January 1, 2021. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be sent to each member of the committee postmarked no later than January 7, 2021. (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 Ray Allen Billington Prize Committee by February 2021. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation. By applying for this prize, 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​.

Ray Allen Billington Prize Committee

Ned Blackhawk (Committee Chair)
Yale University
Department of History
1037 Chapel Street
New Haven CT 06511

Brenda J. Child

University of Minnesota
Department of American Studies
104 Scott Hall
72 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis MN 55455

Alejandra Dubcovsky
Affiliation: University of California, Riverside
Please e-mail adubcovs@ucr.edu for mailing address.


List of Past Winners