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Merle Curti Social History Award

The deadline has passed. Information on the 2020 award will be available summer 2019.


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, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

The award will be presented at the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 4–6.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled "2019 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, 2018.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2018 and before January 1, 2019. 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, 2019. (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 2019. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting 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. Please see privacy policy at: ​http://www.oah.org/about/privacy/​.

Members of the Merle Curti Social History Award Committee

Publishers and shippers should note that all customs clearance fees are the responsibility of the sender. Please take the appropriate action to ensure fees are paid for on foreign destinations. Committee members are not required to pay customs fees to receive award submissions. Failure to reach all committee members due to inadequate mailing could mean disqualification of your submission.
Emma Hart (Committee Chair)
University of St Andrews
School of History
St Katharine’s Lodge, The Scores
St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9BA
United Kingdom

Ken Fones-Wolf
West Virginia University
Department of History
Woodburn Hall Box 6303
1515 University Avenue
Morgantown WV 26506-6303

Sarah E. Gardner
Mercer University
Department of History
1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon GA 31207

Wendy Warren
Princeton University
Department of History
129 Dickinson Hall
Princeton NJ 08544


List of Past Winners