J. Franklin Jameson Award

Next Award Year: 2025

The submission deadline has passed. Awardees are announced in the fall, and the next contest will begin in spring 2025.

J. Franklin JamesonThe Jameson Award was established in 1974 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. Originally established to be awarded every five years, the AHA Council made the decision in 2007 to change the frequency of the award to biennial.

The award is honorific. See the list of past recipients.

The general rules for submission are:

  1. To be eligible for consideration, works must be of a scholarly, historical nature; review/journal editing is ineligible. Works with a copyright of 2023 or 2024 are eligible for the 2025 award.
  2. 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.
  3. Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each work submitted.
  4. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Jameson 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: Entries must be received by May 15, 2025, to be eligible for the 2025 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2025 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2026 AHA annual meeting in Chicago.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.