Waldo G. Leland Prize
Next Award Year: 2021
This prize, established by the AHA Council in 1981, is offered every five years for the most outstanding reference tool in the field of history. It is named after Waldo G. Leland, a distinguished contributor to bibliographical guides, who served as secretary to the Association from 1909 to 1920. “Reference tool” encompasses bibliographies, indexes, encyclopedias, and other scholarly apparatus. The award is honorific. See the list of past recipients. The general rules for submission are:
- Books with an copyright between 2016 and 2020 will be eligible for the prize in 2021.
- 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 “Leland 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, 2021, to be eligible for the 2021 competition. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2021 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2022 AHA annual meeting.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
The deadline for this year’s submissions has passed. Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2016 Leland Prize
Father Peter J. Powell, Foundation for the Preservation of American Indian Art and Culture
In Sun’s Likeness and Power: Cheyenne Accounts of Shield and Tipi Heraldry, 2 vols., by James Mooney (Univ. of Nebraska Press)
In Sun’s Likeness and Power reproduces and annotates, in two volumes, a unique set of documents that elucidate Cheyenne spirituality, culture, and history, conveying the complexity of indigenous traditions. Eloquent scholarly commentaries guide readers through the Cheyenne worldview, making the volumes a powerful resource for anthropologists, historians and students of indigenous life. In addition to the interpretive annotations, an excellent index and vivid images animate this stunning user-friendly resource.