Erik Barnouw Award

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED OR POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 7, 2023

Please send as soon as possible to allow for any delays that might occur.

One or two awards are given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of outstanding programming on television, or in documentary film, concerned with American history, the study of American history, and/or the promotion of American history. The award honors the late Erik Barnouw, Columbia University, a historian of the mass media.

Submissions should be self-contained products even though their content may extend across other media platforms (including podcasts and websites).

Only films and video programs (at least 25 minutes in length) released January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 are eligible for entry. [For mini-series submissions, please submit only one episode.]

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

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2023 Erik Barnouw Award Entry,” must be sent directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all applications submitted or postmarked by January 7, 2023.

The committee prefers that work is submitted via an online video hosting service such as Vimeo. Please send a link to the work and the password. In addition, the committee accepts clearly labeled DVDs by mail.

Erik Barnouw Award Committee

Anne Lewis (Committee Chair)
403 Post Road Drive
Austin, TX 78704
[Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin; Independent Filmmaker; Appalshop; Texas State Employees Union CWA 6186]
E-mail: alewis615@earthlink.net

Daniel Blake Smith
DBS Films
5234 Nottingham Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63109-2963
E-mail: dblakesmitty13@gmail.com

Eduardo Obregón Pagán
Barrett, The Honors College
Arizona State University at the West Campus
University Center Building, Suite 201
4701 West Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ  85306
E-mail: Eduardo.Pagan@asu.edu

The final decision will be made by the Erik Barnouw 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.

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED OR POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 7, 2023

List of Past Winners