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annually to recognize excellence in documentary editions and research tools and will be for a work published (or, if unpublished, completed) within the two calendar years immediately preceding the Spring awards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