American Historical Association Announces 2017 Prize Winners

The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 prizes. The AHA offers annual prizes honoring exceptional books, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, public history, and other historical projects. Since 1896, the Association has conferred over a thousand awards. This year’s finalists were selected from a field of over 1,300 entries by nearly 100 dedicated prize committee members. The names, publications, and projects of those who received these awards are a catalog of the best work produced in the historical discipline.

The William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for the best article in a journal, magazine, or other serial on teaching history

Laura K. Muñoz (Texas A&M Univ.-Corpus Christi) for “Civil Rights, Educational Inequality, and Transnational Takes on the US History Survey,” History of Education Quarterly 56, no. 1 (February 2016)

The J. Franklin Jameson Award for the editing of historical primary sources

The late Karsten Friis-Jensen, ed., and Peter Fisher, trans., for Saxo Grammaticus: Gesta Danorum: The History of the Danes, 2 vols. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015)

See full list of awards.

Research Survey: Historians and Subscription Primary Source Databases

Though this survey is directed to historians, they want participants regardless of AHA membership. This is a chance to help inform the AHA about access to primary sources relevant to historical scholarship.

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The AHA is investigating access to research databases and other resources used by historians. Independent and unaffiliated scholars, as well as historians at smaller institutions often do not have access to subscription materials necessary for their work. We would like you to answer a few questions that will help us determine what we can do to help scholars with this problem. We are looking for responses from anyone who considers themselves a historian, regardless of AHA membership status, so please pass this survey on to your colleagues. Your responses will be extremely helpful to the AHA’s efforts to promote historical education and research, and we thank you for taking the time to help us gather this important information.

This survey is brief and should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Please respond by October 4, 2017 and do not hesitate to contact zjackson@historians.org if you have any further questions or comments.

The purpose of this survey is to allow the AHA to look into the extent of the problem of access to digital primary and secondary source databases for historical research. Many proprietary databases are only offered through university or other institutional subscription and are thus only available to scholars whose institution subscribes. This means that scholars without affiliations and those at places that do not subscribe to the resource they need are unable to access the materials they need.

When answering these questions please think only of subscription digital research collections (either primary or secondary source), such as JSTOR, Early English Books Online, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Proquest Historical Newspapers, etc. Do not list or refer to materials that can be accessed for free. This brief questionnaire has a maximum of 9 questions and should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.