Society of American Historians

Established: 1939. Affiliate since May 1993. Membership: 400. Annual dues: $75.

Statement of Purpose: To promote literary distinction in historical writing. The Society sponsors three prize competitions that recognize exceptional literary merit in the writing of history and biography: the annual Francis Parkman Prize for a nonfiction book in American history; the biennial James Fenimore Cooper Prize for a historical novel on an American theme; and the Allan Nevins Prize for a doctoral dissertation on an American subject. The submission deadline for the Cooper and Parkman prizes is December 1 and for the Nevins, December 31. Membership is by election only.

Annual Meeting: May; annual breakfast concurrently with OAH meeting