Ray Allen Billington Prize

The deadline has passed. Information on the 2021 prize will be available summer 2019.



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, 2017 through December 31, 2018.

The prize 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 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, 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 sent to each member of the committee 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 Ray Allen Billington Prize Committee by February 2019. 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

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.

Jennifer M. Spear (Committee Chair)
Simon Fraser University
Department of History, 6026A Academic Quadrangle
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5A 1S6

Carl Abbott
1830 NE Klickitat Street
Portland OR 97212-2352
[Affiliation: Portland State University]

Brian DeLay
University of California, Berkeley
Department of History
3229 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2550


List of Past Winners