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 2014 are eligible for the 2015 prize.
- Nominators must complete the online Data Collection Form for each book submitted.
- No more than five titles from any one publisher may be submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members and clearly labeled “Beveridge Award Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2015, to be eligible for the 2015 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2016 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2014 Beveridge Award
Kate Brown, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford Univ. Press)
This comparative history of Richland, Washington, and Ozersk, Russia, centers on a profound irony: divisions so deep that they threatened human existence fostered commonalities among these two plutonium-producing towns, well before activists from each place connected with each other. By alerting us to common histories, Plutopia counters dominant understandings of the Cold War couched in terms of divergent or separate paths. Deeply and multilingually researched in difficult conditions requiring perseverance in the face of official secrecy, courage in the face of personal exposure, and empathy in the presence of suffering, Plutopia adds to recent scholarship that emphasizes the costs of the Cold War in the places where it turned hot.