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AHA Awards

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Award Categories and Guidelines

James H. Atkinson Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Arkansas History

A leader in Arkansas history education, James H. Atkinson was a founder and twice president of the Pulaski County Historical Society and editor of its journal for over ten years. For more than twenty years, he served on the editorial staff of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and in 1952 he became president of the Arkansas Historical Association. He was also chairman of the Arkansas History Commission for eight of the twelve years that he served on its board. For these enduring contributions, his title, “Mr. Arkansas History,” is more than well-deserved. This award for Excellence in the Teaching of Arkansas History is given in his honor.

Any elementary or secondary teacher who teaches a course in Arkansas history is eligible for the award. To be considered, an applicant must return four completed copies of the official entry form to the Arkansas Historical Association office by March 1. Any application received after that date will not be processed. Please contact the Association for a copy of the entry form.

A three-member committee appointed by the president of the Arkansas Historical Association will choose the winner, and the committee chairman will present the award–a framed certificate and a check for $1000.00–at a banquet during the annual conference of the Association. The winner will be notified prior to the meeting.

For a copy of the entry form contact:

Arkansas Historical Association
Department of History, Old Main 416
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479/575-5884
E-mail: dludlow@uark.edu

Susannah DeBlack Award

The Susannah DeBlack Award honors books that introduce young readers to Arkansas history. It is bestowed upon the person(s) who submits the best book or series of books for young readers (grades K-8) on an Arkansas history-related topic published within the preceding two years.

The Susannah DeBlack Award, which consists of a $250 prize and a framed certificate, will be announced at the Association’s annual conference. Those interested in entering the competition should submit three copies of their work by February 1. It is the applicant’s or publisher’s responsibility to pay shipping charges. Entries will not be returned but instead retained by awards committee members. No late submissions will be accepted.

This award has been established through the generosity of Thomas, Susan, and Susannah DeBlack.

For a list of the judges to whom the entries should be sent contact:

Arkansas Historical Association
Department of History, Old Main 416
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479/575-5884
E-mail: dludlow@uark.edu

Charles O. Durnett Award

The Arkansas Historical Association announces the Charles O. Durnett Award competition. Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1 to be eligible.

The Charles O. Durnett Award, which consists of $250 and a framed certificate, is presented for the best manuscript article on some aspect of Arkansas’s Civil War history-whether military, social, economic, or cultural. Entries should be based, at least in part, on original research in primary sources. They must not have been submitted elsewhere or published previously.

Anyone, whether professional or amateur historian, is eligible to submit a manuscript. The winner will be determined by a three-person panel selected by the Arkansas Historical Association’s president and will be announced at its annual conference in April.

Manuscripts should be no longer than thirty-five pages and must be documented. Text, including quotations and notes, should be double-spaced. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively. Since manuscripts are evaluated anonymously, only the full title of the essay should appear at the top of the first page of the manuscript. On a separate page the following information should be included: title, author’s name, complete address, and telephone numbers or email address.

Entries must be submitted in triplicate-photocopies must be clear and easily readable. All articles will be considered for publication in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly.

Entries should be sent by the February 1, deadline to:

Arkansas Historical Association
Department of History
Old Main 416
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

J. G. Ragsdale Book Award

Since 2002, the Arkansas Historical Association has presented the J. G. Ragsdale Book Award in Arkansas History annually for the best book-length historical study (nonfiction) of any aspect of Arkansas history. The author will receive a prize of $1,000 and a certificate, given in honor of J. G. Ragsdale, a 1919 graduate of the University of Arkansas. Ragsdale was a founding member of the Arkansas Historical Association and chaired the board of trustees at the University of Arkansas. The award will be presented at the annual conference of the Arkansas Historical Association. The publisher will be honored with a certificate of merit and a grateful letter of transmittal.

Eligible works include book-length historical studies written in English and published in the two calendar years preceding the Arkansas Historical Association’s annual conference in April. One copy of each entry must be received by each award committee member by January 1. It is the publisher’s or applicant’s responsibility to pay the postage for each book. Entries will not be returned but will be retained by committee members, who are serving without compensation. No late submissions will be accepted.

Entries, clearly labeled “Ragsdale Award,” must be mailed directly to the judges. For a list of the current judges, contact:

Arkansas Historical Association
Department of History, Old Main 416
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479/575-5884
E-mail: dludlow@uark.edu

Awards for Best Manuscript Articles on Arkansas History

The Arkansas Historical Association announces the Violet B. Gingles and Lucille Westbrook Local History competitions. Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1 to be eligible.

The Westbrook Local History Award, which consists of $1,000 and a framed certificate, is presented for the best manuscript article on a local Arkansas topic. The article must deal with some phase of neighborhood, city, county, or regional history or some person associated with local Arkansas history. Edited documents and memoirs will be considered for this award. Entries must not have been submitted elsewhere or published previously.

The Gingles Award of $500 and a framed certificate is presented to the person who writes the best manuscript article on any Arkansas history topic. The article can deal with any phase of the history of the state or with any individual connected with its past. Entries must not have been submitted elsewhere or published previously.

Anyone, whether professional or amateur historian, is eligible to submit a manuscript. A panel of judges will determine the placement of entries in either the Westbrook or Gingles category. An entry will not be considered for both prizes, and the Arkansas Historical Association reserves the right not to award one or both of the prizes in a given year.

Manuscripts should be no longer than thirty-five pages and must be documented. Text, including quotations and notes, should be double-spaced. Notes should be numbered consecutively and appear in a separate section at the end of the text. Since manuscripts are evaluated anonymously, only the full title of the article should appear at the top of the first page of the manuscript. On a separate page the following information should be included: title, author’s name, complete address, and telephone numbers.

Entries must be submitted in triplicate–photocopies must be clear and easily readable. All articles will be considered for publication in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly. If the article is not published, one copy will be returned to the author and one copy will be placed in the University of Arkansas archives.

Entries should be sent by the February 1 deadline to:

Arkansas Historical Association
Department of History, Old Main 416
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Award for Best Thesis or Dissertation in Arkansas History

The Arkansas Historical Association announces the James L. Foster and Billy W. Beason Award competition. Entries must be postmarked no later than January 1 to be eligible.

The James L. Foster and Billy W. Beason Award, which consists of $250 and a framed certificate, will be presented for the best master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation that addresses some aspect of Arkansas’s history.

Thesis and dissertation advisors or sponsoring history departments are invited to submit students’ work for consideration. The winner will be determined by a three-person panel selected by the Arkansas Historical Association’s president and will be announced at its annual conference.

Entries must be submitted in triplicate-photocopies must be clear and easily readable. Since submissions will be evaluated anonymously, only the full title of the work should appear at the top of the first page. On a separate page, contact information for the author, advisor, and department should be given.

Entries, plainly labeled “Foster-Beason Award,” should be sent by the January 1 deadline to: Arkansas Historical Association, Department of History, Old Main 416, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

The James L. Foster and Billy W. Beason Award has been established through the initiative of Dr. Buck Foster, and funded by the Foster and Beason families to promote the scholarly study of the state’s history.

The Diamond Award

The Diamond Award is given to an institution or to an individual representing a collective initiative that makes an exceptional contribution to the study, preservation, or promotion of Arkansas history. Nominations must be made by or through a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association. AHA members must submit nominations to a member of the board of trustees no later than December 1.

The NEARA Award

The Arkansas Historical Association announces the NEARA Award to encourage primary document research at the NorthEast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) in Powhatan as the 200th anniversary of the creation of Lawrence County approaches.  The cash prize of $1,000 and a framed certificate will be presented for the best manuscript article using archival records from NEARA, particularly the Lawrence County territorial papers (1815-1836).  Entries must not have been submitted elsewhere or published previously.

Anyone, professional or amateur, is eligible to submit a manuscript.  The winner will be determined by a three-person panel consisting of representatives of NEARA and the Arkansas Historical Association and will be announced at the AHA’s annual conference in April.  AHA reserves the right not to award a prize in a given year.

Manuscripts should be no longer than thirty-five pages and must be documented.  Text, including quotations and notes, should be double-spaced.  Footnotes should be numbered consecutively.  Because manuscripts are evaluated anonymously, only the full title of the article should appear on top of the first page of the manuscript.  On a separate page include the following information:  title, author’s name, complete physical mailing address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address.

Entries must be submitted in triplicate; photocopies must be clear and easily readable.  All articles will be considered for publication in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly.  No copies will be returned.  Extra copies will be placed with NEARA and Special Collections at the University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.  Submission of an entry assumes permission for researcher use.

Entries must be postmarked by February 1 and mailed to NEARA Award, Arkansas Historical Association, Department of History, Old Main 416, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701.  For questions, contact AHA at 479-575-5884 or dludlow@uark.edu.

The NEARA Award honors volunteers from the Lawrence County Historical Society who saved the territorial records for future researchers when the Powhatan county seat was abandoned in 1963.  Lobbying for a regional archives began almost immediately, a dream realized in 2011.  The award is being funded by the family of Eugene Sloan (1892-1981), a Jonesboro lawyer who was born in Powhatan.

The Walter L. Brown Awards

The Arkansas Historical Association sponsors an awards program for Arkansas county and local historical journals. The following awards are offered by the Association to journals:

Walter L. Brown Award for the Best County or Local Journal–$100 prize and certificate

Honorable Mention as runner-up for best county or local historical publication–certificate

Award for the Best Use of Graphics in a journal–certificate

The Association recognizes the many excellent articles published in these journals by offering the following awards to individual authors:

Best Article in a County or Local Journal–$100 prize and certificate

Best Biography, Autobiography, or Memoir–certificate

Best Family History–certificate

Best Church History–certificate

Best Community History–certificate

Best School History–certificate

Best Business History–certificate

Best Edited Document–certificate

Best Newsletter published by a county or local society or other entity working in the field of Arkansas history–certificate

The awards are presented at the annual conference of the Association. Winners will be notified prior to that date.

To participate in the awards competition, each society should submit three complete sets of the volume of its journal, a volume can consist of a single annual publication, two semi-annual publications, four quarterly issues, etc. Entries will be judged on the basis of format, historical content, writing style, and editing. The Association reserves the judges’ right to determine whether an individual award will be given in a particular year.

Entries should be postmarked by February 1 and sent to:

Arkansas Historical Association
Department of History, Old Main 416
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Award of Merit

The Board of Trustees invites members of the Arkansas Historical Association to suggest programs, projects, or individuals for consideration for Awards of Merit from the AHA.  The procedure and guidelines are as follows:  1) For a proposal to be considered, it must be sponsored by a Board member, must be in writing, and should be accompanied by an explanation of description of the program’s or project’s work or the individual’s worthy deeds;  2) All projects and programs recommended for commendation should reflect responsible standards of historical objectivity and factual accuracy;  3) Commendations should not be presented to programs and projects that are primarily commercial in focus.  AHA members should submit nominations to a trustee by December 1.