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. See the list of past recipients.

The general rules for submission are:

  1. Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered.
  2. Books with a copyright of 2020 will be eligible for consideration for the 2021 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, 2021, to be eligible for the 2021 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2021 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2022 AHA annual meeting in New Orleans.

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).

Holly Brewer
3806 Calverton Dr.
College Park, MD 20782

Torrie R. Hester
5621 Waterman Blvd.
Apt. 3
Saint Louis, MO 63112

Rebecca McLennan
3681 17th St.
Apt. 3
San Francisco, CA 94114

William J. Novak
Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
School of Law
625 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215

Kunal M. Parker
Univ. of Miami
School of Law
1311 Miller Dr.
Coral Gables, FL 33146