Herbert Baxter Adams Prize

Herbert Baxter AdamsThe American Historical Association offers the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize annually for a distinguished book published in English in the field of European history. The Adams prize was established in 1905 in memory of the first secretary of the Association, Herbert Adams of Johns Hopkins University, who was also one of the Association’s founders. The Adams Prize and the Leo Gershoy Award (also bestowed by the AHA) are widely considered to be the most prestigious prizes in the field of European history. The prize is offered on a rotating basis: in even years for books on European history from ancient times to 1815; in odd years for books on European history from 1815 through the 20th century. See the list of past recipients.

In 2021, books on European history from 1815 through the 20th century will be eligible for the competition. The general rules for submission are:

  1. Since the prize is designed especially to encourage scholars who have not yet obtained an established reputation, the entry must be the author’s first substantial book. Textbooks in the strict sense of the word are not eligible, but a work of wide scope which interprets a major period or area would certainly qualify. Pamphlets, anthologies, edited works, and other small-scale efforts will not qualify.
  2. Books published in English bearing a copyright of 2019 or 2020 are eligible for the 2021 prize.
  3. Nomination submissions may be made by an author or by a publisher. Publishers may submit as many entries as they wish. 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. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Adams Prize 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: Entries must be received by May 15, 2021, to be eligible for the 2021 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2021 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2022 AHA annual meeting in New Orleans.

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).

Megan C. Armstrong
147 Markland St.
Hamilton, ON L8P 2K4

Daniel P. Franke
Richard Bland Coll. of William and Mary
11301 Johnson Rd.
Petersburg, VA 23805-7100

Anna Krylova
105 E. Woodridge Dr.
Durham, NC 27707

Sarah C. Maza
Northwestern Univ.
Dept. of History
1881 Sheridan Rd.
Harris Hall
Evanston, IL 60208-2220
Ebook Preferred
Denise Phillips
1007 Luttrell St.
Knoxville, TN 37917