J. Franklin Jameson Award Recipients
The Jameson Award was established by Council 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, 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. To be eligible for consideration, works must be of a scholarly, historical nature; review or journal editing is not eligible.
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.