J. Franklin Jameson Award
Next Award Year: 2017
The Jameson Award was established in 1974 to be awarded every five years 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. In 2007 the AHA Council made the decision to change the frequency of the award from every five years to biennially.
There is no monetary prize, but the winner receives a certificate in recognition of the award. The general rules for submission are:
- To be eligible for consideration, works must be of a scholarly, historical nature; review/journal editing is ineligible. Books with a copyright of 2015 or 2016 are eligible for the 2017 award.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- 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, 2017, to be eligible for the 2017 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2017 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
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). Entries to Canadian addresses must be sent Delivery Duty Paid.
2015 Jameson Award
Emily Levine, independent scholar
Witness: A Húŋkpapȟa Historian’s Strong-Heart Song of the Lakotas (Univ. of Nebraska Press)
In this sensitively edited and translated volume, Emily Levine performs a work of recovery mirroring that of Lakota amateur historian Josephine Waggoner (d. 1943) herself: distilling for scholars a disciplined but wide-ranging gathering of historical materials that might otherwise have been forever lost. The list of archives consulted is impressive, and the attention to Lakota expression and Waggoner’s intention extremely conscientious. Well illustrated and annotated, it is a major editorial achievement.
David Edward Luscombe, Univ. of Sheffield
The Letter Collection of Peter Abelard and Heloise (Oxford Univ. Press)
Done to the highest critical and scholarly standards and paired with Betty Radice’s translation, David Luscombe’s volume of the correspondence between Abelard and Heloise brings together all the recent scholarship surrounding the letters to produce the best contemporary edition. The lengthy introduction explains fully the structure, style, and history of the surviving, lost, or only tentatively identified texts, while the extensive notes offer insights on the literary traditions that influenced the authors’ writings.