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.

In 2019, 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 2017 or 2018 are eligible for the 2019 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, 2019, to be eligible for the 2019 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2019 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2020 AHA annual meeting in New York City.

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).

Karl Appuhn
New York Univ.
Dept. of History
53 Washington Sq. S., Floor 4E
New York, NY 10012-1018
Fiona Griffiths
Stanford Univ.
Dept. of History
450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 200
Rm. 113
Stanford, CA 94305-2024
Anna Krylova
Duke Univ.
Dept. of History
Box 90719
226 Carr Bldg.
Durham, NC 277085
Laurie Marhoefer
Univ. of Washington, Seattle
Dept. of History
Smith 318
Box 353560
Seattle, WA 98195-3560
Isabel Moreira
Univ. of Utah
Dept. of History
CTIHB Suite 310
215 S. Central Campus Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0311