Troyer Steele Anderson Prize Recipients

The Anderson Prize is awarded on a regular basis to the person whom Council considers to have made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of the purposes of the Association. The prize was established by a bequest from Frank Maloy Anderson (1871–1961), a diplomatic and constitutional historian and a life member of the AHA, in honor of the memory of his son, a historian and public servant.


Mr. Thomas Rugh, for his invaluable work as a member of the AHA’s Finance Committee


Dr. James H. Billington, for his 24 years as the Librarian of Congress, during which time AHA members have benefited abundantly from his leadership and contributions


Dr. Arnita A. Jones, for service as AHA executive director (May 1999–August 2010), as a vigorous proponent for the community of historians in a wide range of institutions, and as first director of the National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History


Dr. Anna K. Nelson, in recognition of her efforts on behalf of public history


Dr. Roy A. Rosenzweig, for service as vice president of the Research Division (2003-05)


Ms. Linda Shopes, for service on the Committee on Women Historians (1995-98), on Council (1999-2002), and co-chair of the Task Force on Public History (2002-06)


Dr. Stanley N. Katz, for service as vice president of the Research Division (1997–2000); on the Committee on International Historical Activities, and as chair of the AHA's Task Force on Intellectual Property (2001– )


Mr. Albert J. Beveridge, for service as pro bono legal counsel of the AHA, on the occasion of his 10th year


Dr. Page Putnam Miller, in recognition of 20 years as executive director of the National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History (now called the National Coalition for History)


Dr. David S. Trask, for service on Council and the Teaching Division (1995–98), as contributing editor to the Teaching Column in Perspectives (Sept. 1996–Sept. 1998), and as author of the “Statement on Excellent Classroom Teaching in History” (1998)


Prof. Joseph E. Harris, for service as founding chair of the Committee on Minority Historians, created in 1990 largely upon his initiative (during his tenure, the Wesley-Logan Prize was created and funded and the Diversity Within America pamphlet series was initiated)


Dr. Willie Lee Rose, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Rose Report (the informal name for the Ad Hoc Committee on the Status of Women in the profession, which documented widespread sex discrimination within history departments and within the AHA)


Dr. Boyd C. Shafer, for service as AHA executive director and AHR managing editor