Littleton-Griswold Prize

In 1961, the Littleton-Griswold Fund Committee created the Littleton-Griswold Prize for studies in the legal history of the American colonies and of the United States prior to 1900. The prize was not awarded, however, until 1966, and was abolished the following year. In 1985, Council revived the prize as an annual award for the best book in any subject on the history of American law and society, broadly defined.

The general rules for submission are:

  1. Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered.
  2. Books with a copyright of 2015 will be eligible for consideration for the 2016 award.
  3. Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
  4. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Littleton-Griswold Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.

Please Note: Entries must be received by May 15, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2016 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver.

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).

Adrienne Davis Laura F. Edwards Michael Meranze
Washington Univ., St. Louis Duke Univ. Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Law Sch. Dept. of History Dept. of History
One Brookings Dr. Box 90719 6265 Bunche Hall
Campus Box 1120 226 Carr Bldg. Box 951473
Saint Louis, MO 63130 Durham, NC 27708 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473
Christopher L. Tomlins  Barbara Young Welke  
Univ. of California, Berkeley  Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities  
Sch. of Law Dept. of History  
2240 Piedmont Ave. 1110 Heller Hall  
Berkeley, CA 94720-2150 271 19th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55455-0406