J. Franklin Jameson Award
The Jameson Award was established in 1974 to be awarded every five years for outstanding achievement in the editing of historical sources. The prize, which was first offered in 1980, honors J. Franklin Jameson, a founding member of the Association, its president in 1907, longtime managing editor of the American Historical Review, and an influential proponent of historical study. In 2007 the AHA Council made the decision to change the frequency of the award from every five years to biennially.
There is no monetary prize, but the winner receives a certificate in recognition of the award. The general rules for submission are:
- To be eligible for consideration, works must be of a scholarly, historical nature; review/journal editing is ineligible. Books with an imprint of 2013 or 2014 are eligible for the 2015 award.
- Nominators must complete the online Data Collection Form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be received by each of the following committee members and clearly labeled “Jameson Award Entry.” Electronic copies may only be sent to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2015, to be eligible for the 2015 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2016 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2013 Jameson Award
John Taylor and Wendy R. Childs, Univ. of Leeds
Leslie Watkiss, Society of Antiquaries of London
The St Albans Chronicle: The Chronica Maiora of Thomas Walsingham, Vol. II: 1394–1422 (Clarendon Press and Oxford Univ. Press)
This volume completes the edition of a vital source for an important era in British medieval history, a valuable text for both historians and literary scholars. The introductory material is exemplary. The editors resolved complex histories of manuscript and print transmission, as well as long-standing questions of authorship. The translation is fluid and readable; the apparatus, annotations, bibliography, and index are clear and useful. This definitive edition will form the basis of future research for many years to come.