Albert J. Beveridge Award

To promote and honor outstanding historical writing, the American Historical Association offers each year the Albert J. Beveridge Award in American History. The award was established on a biennial basis in 1939 and has been awarded annually since 1945. It honors US Senator Albert J. Beveridge (Indiana, 1899–1911), a longtime member of the Association and an active supporter of history as both a lawyer and a senator.

The Beveridge Fund was created by a gift of $50,000 from Mrs. Catherine Beveridge in honor of her husband in 1927. Mrs. Beveridge wrote to the AHA of her desire for “a separate fund bearing my husband’s name and devoted to research in American history.” The fund was augmented by donations from friends of Senator Beveridge and the scope of the award was enlarged to encompass Latin America and Canada as well as the United States.

The award is given for a distinguished book in English on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada, from 1492 to the present. Books that employ new methodological or conceptual tools or that constitute significant reexaminations of important interpretive problems will be given preference. Literary merit is also an important criterion. See the list of past recipients.

General rules for submission are:

  1. Biographies, monographs, and works of synthesis and interpretation are eligible; translations, anthologies, and collections of documents are not.
  2. Only books bearing a copyright of 2019 are eligible for the 2020 prize.
  3. Nomination submissions may be made by an author or by a publisher. Authors or publishers may submit the same book for multiple AHA prizes.
  4. Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
  5. No more than five titles from any one publisher may be submitted.
  6. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Beveridge Award Entry.” Print copies preferred unless otherwise indicated. If only e-copy is available, please contact review committee members beforehand to arrange submission format.

Please Note: Given the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis, we are adjusting the submission process for AHA Book Prizes:

  • Nominators must complete the online prize submission form by MAY 15.
  • When possible, nominators are also encouraged to send hard copies (or e-books, if hard copies are unavailable) by the May 15 deadline to provide prize committees with ample time to review submissions.
  • However, we are extending the deadline to receive hard copies of books by JUNE 15.

Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2020 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2021 AHA annual meeting in Seattle.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.

Contact Information for Committee Members

Send one copy to each committee member and complete the prize submission form (above).

Richard Candida Smith
341 Dewey Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
candidas@berkeley.edu
Cheryl Greenberg
76 Whiting Ln.
West Hartford, CT 06119  
cheryl.greenberg@trincoll.edu

Stephen Hackel
285 S. Grand Oaks
Pasadena, CA 91107
shackel@ucr.edu
Linda Rupert
2302 Tampa Ave.
Durham, NC 27705
lmrupert@uncg.edu
Brett Rushforth
146 Spencer's Crest Dr.
Eugene, OR 97405
bhrush@uoregon.edu