Littleton-Griswold Prize

The Littleton-Griswold Prize is an annual award for the best book in any subject on the history of American law and society, broadly defined. In 1961, the Littleton-Griswold Fund Committee created the 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, the Council revived the prize and expanded the scope to cover all of American history.

The general rules for submission are:

  1. Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered.
  2. Books with a copyright of 2018 will be eligible for consideration for the 2019 award.
  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 “Littleton-Griswold 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).

Katrina Jagodinsky
Simon Fraser Univ.
Dept. of History
AQ 60261
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Ajay Mehrotra
American Bar Foundation
750 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Floor 4
Chicago, IL 60611-4403
Kunal Parker
Univ. of Miami
School of Law
1311 Miller Dr.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Honor Sachs
c/o National Humanities Center
7 T.W. Alexander Dr.
PO Box 12256
Research Triangle, NC 27709
John Witt
Yale Law School
127 Wall St.
New Haven, CT 06520-8215