Opportunities for Historians

Awards and Prizes

Call for Submissions: New Deal Book Award for 2021

DEADLINE: November 16, 2021

The Living New Deal Invites Submissions for the First Annual New Deal Book Award

The Living New Deal, a nonprofit in Berkeley, California, has established an annual New Deal Book Award to recognize and encourage non-fiction works about U.S. history in the New Deal era (1933–1942).

To be eligible, books for the 2021 New Deal Book Award must have a publication date of 2021 and be nominated by a publisher or author colleague. The New Deal Book Award and finalists will be chosen by a distinguished review committee.

The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2021. The winner will be announced in Spring 2022, and receive a cash prize of $1,000, to be awarded during the Roosevelt Reading Festival at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Hyde Park, New York, in summer 2022, to which the five finalists will be invited.

Submission guidelines and a brief nomination form can be found at the Living New Deal website.

The Living New Deal began in 2007, as a project of the Geography Department at University of California, Berkeley, mapping the locations of New Deal projects—artworks, libraries, post offices, schools, community centers, airports, roads, bridges, parks and more. In addition to resources about New Deal policies, profiles and achievements, the website features an interactive map and descriptions of more than 17,000 New Deal sites crowdsourced by volunteers who submit their discoveries using the Living New Deal website and a mobile phone app. The website drew more than a million visits last year.

For more information, contact: Kurt Feichtmeir, Director of Development, The Living New Deal: kurt@livingnewdeal.org, (707) 494-8001

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Posted: August 3, 2021
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Submissions Welcome for Sharon Ritenour Stevens Prize, 2022

DEADLINE: November 16, 2021

The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) invites applications for its annual prize to documentary editors, scholars, and students at midpoint of a project heavily dependent on documentary editing and document sources. Preference is given to persons working on women in uniformed military service or in various military support services (such as the USO) or on the home front during wartime. Advanced students, scholars (including independent scholars), and editors may apply.

The two-part prize of $1,500.00 seeks to facilitate the use of documentary sources for a project or doctoral dissertation at its research stage. It consists of $1,000.00 toward travel to collections, reproduction of sources, or other costs associated with utilization of documents in research, along with $500.00 to support the prizewinner’s participation in the annual meeting of the Association for Documentary Editing. Given pandemic restraints on travel, recipients may use the prize for alternative methods of research. Winners are required to report on their work in person or virtually at our scholarly conference. The prize also includes a year’s membership in ADE.

The prize was established in 2019, to honor the life and work of Sharon Ritenour Stevens (1950–2013), Associate Editor of the Papers of George C. Marshall at the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia. On her own time and money, she also labored on a biography of Lt. Col. Susanna P. Turner, a protégé of George C. Marshall and a member of the first Officers Candidate School for the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) in 1942, as well as one of ten women selected for Command and General Staff School. Unfortunately, this biographical project never reached fulfillment. The Ritenour Stevens prize is established to aid other scholars and editors working in fields allied with her interests but for whom institutional support such as sabbaticals and release-time or research funds is not available.

Specifically, those interests were:

  • Uniformed women’s roles in military conflict, declared or undeclared
  • Women’s history
  • Military history

A submission packet will comprise, as Word documents:

  • One-page application letter describing the project’s significance, the applicant’s status (Student? Independent scholar? Contingent/contract faculty? Retired?) and a summary of the planned use of documents in the project.
  • Two-page statement about the research and documents under consideration.
  • Three-page (maximum) curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of recommendation from a primary doctoral advisor or other person involved in project oversight or its publication.

All documents should be double-spaced, except for the letter, which may be single-spaced. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2021. A committee of five members of the Association for Documentary Editing will judge the submissions. The prizewinner will be announced in mid-January 2022 and introduced to the organization at its annual meeting. Queries may be sent to CDBL@Brown.edu.

At the conclusion of the award period, recipients should provide a one-page (250 words) report to the ADE Council on their use of the prize. A version of this report may be considered for publication in the association newsletter and on the ADE website.

Read about the Sharon Ritenour Stevens Prize

Posted: September 9, 2021
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NCPH Award Nominations

DEADLINE: December 2, 2021

NCPH awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The purpose of the award program is to promote professionalism and best practices among public historians and to raise awareness about their activities. Submissions for the Book Award and Kelley Award are due November 1; all other awards (the Outstanding Public History Project Award, New Professional Award, Excellence in Consulting, and Student Awards) are due December 1. Help us acknowledge extraordinary work by nominating yourself or a colleague. A full list of awards and submission details at http://ncph.org/about/awards/.

Posted: October 7, 2021
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CFP: Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation

DEADLINE: December 3, 2021

The Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) is pleased to announce its annual Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in U.S. Labor and Working-Class History, established in cooperation with the University of Illinois Press. LAWCHA encourages the study of working people, their lives, workplaces, communities, organizations, cultures, activism, and societal contexts. It aims to promote a diverse and cross-cultural understanding of labor and working-class history. And it encourages innovative, theoretically informed, and interdisciplinary approaches. Transnational and comparative studies rooted in U.S. history are welcomed, as are studies of capitalism in relation to the working-class experience.

The dissertation prize is named in honor of the late Herbert G. Gutman, a pioneering labor historian and a founder of the University of Illinois Press’s Working Class in American History Series. LAWCHA hopes that the spirit of Gutman’s inquiry into the many facets of labor and working-class history will live on through this prize.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $750 from LAWCHA along with up to $500 in travel expenses to attend the awards ceremony, and a contract to publish in the Working Class in American History Series. The prize award is contingent upon the author’s acceptance of the contract with the University of Illinois Press.

According to the Working Class in American History editors, the series publishes “research that illuminates the broad dimensions of working people’s influence in North America. We define working-class history capaciously and encourage submissions that explore waged, non-waged, and/or coerced labor, rural and urban settings, and the wide range of labor performed in non-industrial settings, from agriculture to domestic service and beyond. We welcome consideration of the diverse contexts of the lives of those who work, including legal, political, and ideological aspects, as well as parameters of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, and immigration. As we seek to enhance understanding of pre-industrial and industrializing worlds, we also explore the new challenges that workers face amidst deindustrialization, globalized production, and an expanding service economy. We particularly seek projects that reflect the mobile, international, and diverse nature of capital and labor and apply a transnational or comparative outlook to the study of the working class. We find compelling work that considers the centrality of working people within the history of capitalism.”

Eligible dissertations must be in English and defended in the academic year 2020–21 (September 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021). Dissertations will be considered only in one year's competition.

Applicants are not required to be members of LAWCHA at the time of the submission. The winner will be announced at the membership meeting during the 2022 Organization of American Historians conference in Boston, MA.

To apply send two electronic copies of the dissertation (one in pdf and one in Word.doc format) along with a letter from the dissertation advisor confirming the date of the defense (a letter of recommendation is not required). Submissions should also include a cover letter with full contact information: name, professional or home address, email, and telephone. Entries must be submitted by December 2, 2021, to: LAWCHA lawcha.office@gmail.com with the subject line Gutman Prize.

Posted: October 18, 2021
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SCHC: New Annual Public History Award

DEADLINE: January 1, 2022

The Saratoga County History Center is pleased to announce the creation of an annual award to be presented to an individual (or organization) in the greater Saratoga region who engages in outstanding work in teaching, writing, cataloging, or preserving history.

There are many individuals and associations in the greater Capital District who devote endless hours and dollars to the preservation or dissemination of local, regional, and national histories. Too often, their work goes unnoticed or unrecognized by the general public. The Saratoga County Public History Award seeks to raise awareness of their efforts and provide much needed positive reinforcement to their selfless work. The Herculean task of preserving the past rests on the tireless shoulders of our many history practitioners, and it is high time we celebrate their achievements.

The first annual Public History Award will be selected by a committee of esteemed professionals, including Ronald Schorpp, social studies department chair at Saratoga Springs High School; Lisa Kissinger, social studies academic administrator for Shenendehowa CSD; Heather Mazurowski, social studies department chair at Ballston Spa High School; Heidi Hill, Historic Site Manager at the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site; Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation; and Isobel Connell, trustee of the Saratoga County History Center. The committee will be chaired by Michael Landis, Ph.D., trustee of the Saratoga County History Center.

Committee members are pleased to accept nominations from the public. Please send all nominations (with explanation and contact information) to mlandis@brooksidemuseum.org. Nominations must be submitted by the end of September 2021. The committee will make a final decision in November, and the award will be presented at a public event at Brookside Museum in December.

The Saratoga County History Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the diverse histories of Saratoga County. In addition to the venerable Brookside Museum, the History Center offers a wide variety of innovative, exciting, and educational programming online, including the popular “Experts Next Door” virtual speaker series. Please visit the website, and social media accounts (@SaratogaCoHistory) for news and announcements.

Posted: August 19, 2021
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Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research

DEADLINE: January 16, 2022

Considered one of the most important photo historians of the 20th century, Peter E. Palmquist (1936 - 2003) had a keen interest in the photography of the American West, California, and Humboldt County before 1950, and the history of women in photography worldwide. He published over 60 books and 340 articles and was a strong proponent of the concept of the independent researcher-writer in the field of photo history. With co-author Thomas Kailbourn, he won the Caroline Bancroft Western History Prize for their book, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West. Professor Martha Sandweiss, Princeton University, wrote, “He (Peter) established new ways of pursuing the history of photography, and with his collections and research notes soon to be accessible at Yale, he will be speaking to and inspiring new generations of students and researchers forever.” Established by Peter’s lifetime companion, Pam Mendelsohn, this fund supports the study of under-researched women photographers internationally, past and present, and under-researched Western American photographers before 1900.

A small panel of outside consultants with professional expertise in the field of photo history and/or grant reviewing will review the applications in order to determine the awards. Applications will be judged on the quality of the proposal, the ability of the applicant to carry out the project within the proposed budget and timeline, and the significance of the project to the field of photographic history. Each recipient of the award will agree to donate upon completion of the project a copy of the resulting work (i.e., published book, unpublished report, thesis, etc.) to the Humboldt Area Foundation to submit to the Peter Palmquist Archive at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and a report to Humboldt Area Foundation at the end of the grant period. We ask that award recipients acknowledge the financial assistance provided by the Palmquist Memorial Fund in publications or other work products supported by that fund.

Past recipients and their projects

Range of Awards: $500–$2,000

Individuals researching Western American photography before 1900 or women in photography as well as nonprofit institutions conducting research in these fields are eligible to apply.

Application Guidelines

  1. Complete application form and budget form.
  2. Write a short statement explaining your study of either:

    • Under-researched women photographers internationally, past and present
    • Under-researched Western American photographers before 1900
  3. Your statement must include details of your work plan, the anticipated outcome of your research, and how you will use the funds. Failure to be specific in these details may result in rejection of the application. The statement must be typed in 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, and no more than 1,250 words.
  4. Include a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae no longer than 3 pages.
  5. Previous Palmquist Grant recipients may reapply if they include the following information:

    • Report the specifics of what was accomplished with the award.
    • Report the specifics of how the funds were used to reach that accomplishment
    • Forward to the Humboldt Area Foundation copies of any published or unpublished work(s) that resulted from the previous Palmquist Grant.
  6. The Palmquist Fund will not consider requests to cover salaries or pay for hardware or equipment.
  7. The recipients will be required to expend the full amount of their grants on the expenses itemized in their budgets by the end of the grant period. Normally, the grant period is one year from the date of the announcement of the recipients. In view of the hardships the Covid-19 Pandemic has imposed, for this cycle of the grants, recipients will have 18 months from their grant date to expend their grant.

No other materials (additional samples of work, etc.) will be considered; please enclose only the items listed above.

Completed applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2021, and submitted to:

Humboldt Area Foundation • 363 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA 95524 Or via email: grants@hafoundation.org

Award Recipients will be notified by January 15, 2022

For more information contact:
Humboldt Area Foundation at (707) 442-2993

Posted: September 7, 2021
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