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Thomas Jefferson Prize
Documentary Editions and Research Tools

The Jefferson Prize alternates annually to recognize excellence in documentary editions and research tools and will be for a work published (or, if unpublished, completed) within the two calendar years immediately preceding the Spring awards

The award for a documentary edition will recognize the editor(s) of a documentary history project, publishing either a single volume or one or more volumes, that contributes significantly to our understanding of the history of the federal government.  Entries, which are submitted by November 30 in even-numbered years, will be judged on the editorial methodology employed, including accuracy of transcription, relevance and usefulness of annotation, selection and arrangement of documents, and indexing.

The award for research tools recognizes the creator(s) of an outstanding research aid (e.g., inventory, index, finding aid, biographical directory, bibliography) that facilitates the work of those researching the history of the federal government.  Entries, which are submitted by November 30 in odd-numbered years, will be judged on success in furthering the understanding and history of the federal government, style and appropriateness of presentation, content, organization, and ease of use.

Electronic documentary editions and research tools will also be evaluated for solid technological capabilities and performance, high quality of design, and innovative strategies or techniques.




A copy of each entry with a letter briefly stating its qualification and merits should be sent to each of the Jefferson Committee members by November 30 or submitted through the Google Form:

  1. Lincoln Bramwell, 313 Mapleton Court, Fort Collins, CO 80526
  2. Alisa Whitley, 5212 Leeward Lane, Alexandria, VA 22315
  3. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, Ph.D., 2003 Seakale Lane, Houston, TX 77062


The Thomas Jefferson Prize commemorates the third president of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence.  Jefferson was a firm believer in the study of history and the preservation of historical records.

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Society For History in the Federal Government 
PO BOX 14139
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044

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