Albert J. Beveridge Award
To promote and honor outstanding historical writing, the American Historical Association offers each year the Albert J. Beveridge Award in American History. The award was established on a biennial basis in 1939 and has been awarded annually since 1945. It honors US Senator Albert J. Beveridge (Indiana, 1899–1911), a longtime member of the Association and an active supporter of history as both a lawyer and a senator.
The Beveridge Fund was created by a gift of $50,000 from Mrs. Catherine Beveridge in honor of her husband in 1927. Mrs. Beveridge wrote to the AHA of her desire for “a separate fund bearing my husband’s name and devoted to research in American history.” The fund was augmented by donations from friends of Senator Beveridge and the scope of the award was enlarged to encompass Latin America and Canada as well as the United States.
The award is given for a distinguished book in English on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada, from 1492 to the present. Books that employ new methodological or conceptual tools or that constitute significant reexaminations of important interpretive problems will be given preference. Literary merit is also an important criterion. General rules for submission are:
- Biographies, monographs, and works of synthesis and interpretation are eligible; translations, anthologies, and collections of documents are not.
- Only books bearing an imprint of 2013 are eligible for the 2014 prize.
- In addition to sending a copy of each prize entry to members of the selection committee, please complete the Data Collection Form and include information about each book submitted.
- Entries in the competition—limited to five titles from any one publisher—must be submitted by sending a copy to EACH member of the committee. Entries must be postmarked by or on MAY 15, 2014, to be eligible for the 2014 competition.
Contact information for judges will be posted by March 30, 2014.
Please Note: The deadline for submission of entries is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2–5, 2015, AHA annual meeting in New York City.
Important! Each entry must be clearly labeled “Beveridge Award Entry.”
For questions, please contact the Book Prize Administrator, or write to the AHA at the following address (please note that prize entries are not mailed to the AHA; rather, to committee members): American Historical Association, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
2013 Beveridge Award
W. Jeffrey Bolster, Univ. of New Hampshire
The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail (Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press)
This riveting narrative of 500 years of North American exploitation of the North Atlantic presents overwhelming evidence that humans have repeatedly abused the ocean’s abundance. Influenced by environmental and transnational approaches, as well as Bolster’s own deep understanding of maritime history and the business of fishing, this is a sweeping and original history that connects the consumption of North Atlantic fish during Lent in early modern Europe, to industrialization’s demand for Menhaden fish oil in the 1870s, to lobster consumption today.