Society for History
in the Federal Government

Charles Thomson Prize (Published Article or Essay)

This annual award is given for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the federal government’s history written in or for a federal history program. Submission requirements and the criteria that judges will apply for quality are identical to those for the Madison Prize with the additional requirement that the nominated article or essay must have been prepared by a federal historian or for a federal history program, including history offices in the federal agencies and history-related programs in other federal entities.

In addition to the General Requirements above, the article or essay must have been published in the calendar year immediately preceding the Spring awards. The entry deadline is November 30.

Mail one copy of the publication, accompanied by a brief letter commenting on the merits of the work, to each of the following committee members or submit through the Google Form:

  1. Committee Chair:  Nicholas Schlosser, U.S. Army Center of Military History, 102 4th Ave, Building 35, Fort McNair, Washington, DC 20319-5060
  2. Caryn E. Neumann, Lecturer, Department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies Affiliate, History, Miami University, 4200 North University Boulevard, Middletown, OH 45042-3497
  3. Roger Launius, 2149 Wedgewood Ct., Auburn, AL 36830. 

The Thomson Prize commemorates the secretary of Congress from 1774 to 1789, America’s first archivist.


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