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2013 Annual Awards

The following awards are given annually.  Award recipients will be announced at the annual meeting in October.

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Article Award
Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award
Book Award
Oral History in Nonprint Format
Martha Ross Teaching Award

Article Award

In 1993 the Oral History Association established an honorific award to recognize a published article or essay that uses oral history to make a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship; and/or significantly advances understanding of important theoretical issues in oral history; and/or is an outstanding example of sound oral history methodology.

The next award will be made at the OHA’s 2013 annual meeting. The winning author(s) will receive a framed award certificate, a one-year membership in the OHA, and complimentary registration for the annual meeting.

Articles published between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2013, are eligible for consideration. The OHA welcomes entries that represent the work of academic scholars, public historians, professionals in history-related disciplines, and community-based individuals and groups. Entries are welcome from around the world but must be in English.

Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Contribution to socio/historical inquiry
  • Contribution to the practice of oral history
  • Adherence to sound methodology in the conduct of interviews, including the deposit of completed interviews in a public repository for subsequent use and reinterpretation, where appropriate
  • Skillfulness and originality of presentation.

The award may be granted to a publication the significance of which, at least in part, derives from germinal work done previously by the author(s).

To Submit:

Send one electronic copy of the article or essay to each member of the article awards committee below. Each submission must include a nomination letter that assesses the work’s significance, current impact, and contributions to knowledge and/or the practice of oral history. Submissions must be emailed by April 17, 2013.

Alphine Jefferson (chair) – awjefferson@rmc.edu
Lu Ann Jones – luann_jones@nps.gov
Forrest Larson – twiggy@mit.edu

 

Submissions must be emailed by April 17, 2013.
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Martha Ross Teaching Award

In 1993 the Oral History Association established an honorific award to recognize a distinguished primary or secondary school teacher or professional involved in educational outreach at the precollegiate level who has incorporated the practice of oral history in the classroom in an exemplary way. The Precollegiate Teaching Award is presented biennially in odd-numbered years. The next award will be made at the OHA’s 2013 annual meeting. The award-winning educator will receive a framed award certificate, a one-year membership in the OHA, and complimentary registration to the annual meeting.

Criteria for the award are:

  • The educator has developed an innovative philosophy or strategy for the use of oral history; and/or successfully implemented an existing strategy for doing oral history with students; and/or used oral history in print or other medium to enhance learning;
  • The educator’s work or approach is a model for the use of oral history in education;
  • The educator has demonstrated familiarity with both oral history scholarship and the literature relating oral history to educational practice;
  • The project or curriculum adheres to appropriate standards for historical research and interpretation, oral history interviewing, preservation of recordings (and transcripts, where applicable), and presentation;
  • The oral history project or curriculum has a civic or community component.

To nominate an educator for this award

Send one electronic copy of the nomination materials to each member of the awards committee below.  A two- or three-page statement describing both the educator’s philosophy or goals relating to the use of oral history in an educational setting and the details of the oral history project or curriculum the educator has developed;

  • Supporting materials such as syllabi, assignments, transcripts, press releases and other promotional material, publications, media productions, et cetera;
  • A nominating or supporting letter describing both the educator’s use of oral history and the rationale for nomination.

Nominations may come from educators themselves or from colleagues, students, administrators, or community members who recognize the accomplishments of an educator in using oral history to enhance education. In all cases, nominations must be for work completed between April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2013. Submissions must be emailed by April 17, 2013.

Martha Norkunas, norkunas@mtsu.edu
Juliana Nykolaiszyn, juliana.nykolaiszyn@okstate.edu
Sharon Utakis, sharon.utakis@bcc.cuny.edu

Submissions must be postmarked by April 17, 2013.
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Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award

In 1993 the Oral History Association established an honorific award to recognize an outstanding oral history project.  There will be two awards given: one for small projects and one for major projects. The next Project Awards will be made at the OHA’s 2013 annual meeting. The winning entrants will receive framed award certificates and one-year memberships in the OHA; the persons accepting the awards will receive complimentary registrations to the annual meeting.

Projects completed between April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2013, are eligible for consideration. The OHA welcomes nominations for projects with an institutional affiliation, including those undertaken by libraries, archives, colleges and universities, museum and historical organizations, community-based institutions, and others; as well as those undertaken by academic scholars, independent researchers, and ad hoc groups. The awards will not be given to an ongoing project or oral history program, although it may be given to a distinct project or interview series within such a program. Entries are welcome from around the world but must be in English.

Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The project entails a research design that addresses significance, objectives, manner of selecting interviewees and interviewers, outline of major topics of inquiry, schedule of questions, plan of work, quality controls, staff, budget, user access, and use.
  • The project possesses noteworthy scholarly and social value.
  • The project advances both the understanding of an important historical subject, issue, or theme, and also the disciplined practice of oral history.

To Submit:

Nominations must include samples of the project interviews (e.g. audio- and/or videotapes, transcripts); examples of products associated with the project (e.g. anthologies, photo essays, media presentations, finding aids); and a nomination letter that outlines the project’s research design/methodology and addresses its scholarly and social significance. One copy of all material submitted is to be sent to each member of the awards committee below  with an indication of the dollar size of the project. Submissions must be postmarked by April 17, 2013.

Nominations may come from the individual(s)/institution responsible for the project or from some other source.

Patricia Schechter (chair) – schechp@pdx.edu, 141 Cramer Hall, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207-0751
Steve Kite – Steve.Kite@uafs.edu, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, PO Box 3649, Fort Smith, AR 72913
Gerry Zahavi – gzahavi@albany.edu, Department of History, University at Albany, 060R Social Science, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222

Submissions must be postmarked by April 17, 2013.
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Book Award

The Oral History Association invites nominations for its 2013 Book Award, established in 1993 to recognize a published book that uses oral history to make a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship; and/or significantly advances understanding of important theoretical issues in oral history; and/or is an outstanding example of sound oral history methodology.

The award, which is honorific, is presented annually and will be awarded at the OHA’s 2013 annual meeting. Winners receive framed award certificates, one-year memberships in the OHA, and complimentary registration to the annual meeting.

The OHA welcomes entries that represent the work of academic scholars, public historians, independent professionals, and community-based groups and individuals. Entries are welcome from around the world but must be in English.

Submissions are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Contribution to socio/historical inquiry
  • Contribution to the practice of oral history
  • Adherence to sound methodology in the conduct of interviews, including the deposit of completed interviews in a public repository for subsequent use and reinterpretation, where appropriate
  • Skillfulness and originality of presentation.

The award may be granted to a publication the significance of which, at least in part, derives from germinal work done previously by the author(s). Works published between April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2013 will be eligible for consideration.

To Submit:

Send one copy of the book to each member of the book award committee below. All submissions must include a nomination letter that assesses the work’s adherence to the above criteria. Submissions must be postmarked by April 17, 2013.

Submissions may come from the book’s author, publisher, or from another individual. Publishers may submit a maximum of three books. If the cost of submitting application materials places undue financial burden on the applicant, please contact the committee chair, above. Additional questions may be directed to the committee chair.

Laurie Mercier (chair) – lmercier@vancouver.wsu.edu, Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave, Vancouver, WA 98686-9600
Kim Lacy Rogers – rogersk@dickinson.edu , Department of History, 239 W Louther St, Carlisle, PA 17013
Barbara Sommer- barbsom@aol.com, 583 Maple Park Drive, Mendota Heights, MN 55118

Submissions must be postmarked by April 17, 2013.
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Oral History in a Nonprint Format

In 1993 the Oral History Association established an honorific award to recognize a film, video, performance pieces, radio program or series, exhibition, or drama that makes significant and outstanding use of oral history to interpret an historical event, person, place, or way of life. The Nonprint Format Award is presented annually. The next award will be made at the OHA’s 2013 annual meeting.  The winning entrant will receive a framed award certificate, a one-year membership in the OHA and complimentary registration to the annual meeting.

Work produced between April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2013 is eligible for consideration. Entries may represent the work of an individual, group, or institution. The OHA welcomes submissions from public historians, independent professionals, community-based groups and individuals, and academic scholars. Entries are welcome from around the world but must be in English.

The following questions will be used to evaluate submissions:

  • Is oral history essential to an understanding of the historical subject presented?
  • Is oral history a significant component of the product as well as the research informing it?
  • Is the subject of historical significance? Is it treated accurately? Is the work informed by current scholarship?
  • Have professional standards been employed in the conduct, use, and disposition of oral history interviews developed in conjunction with the work?
  • Is oral history used imaginatively, taking advantage of its strengths? Is it used appropriately for the medium in which it is presented?
  • Does the product communicate its message effectively? How important is oral history to its success?

To submit:

Nominations for a film, video, or radio production are to include:

  • A copy of the production itself
  • A nominating letter that discusses why oral history was used, how it was used in the development of the work, and the methodology informing the oral history process.

Nominations for an exhibition are to include:

  • A copy of the audiovisual productions(s) that use oral history
  • An exhibit walk-through, including slides and the text of major labels
  • A nominating letter that discusses why oral history was used, how it was used in the development of the work, and the methodology informing the oral history process.

Nominations for a dramatic production or performance are to include:

  • A video of the production or performance and when applicable, a copy of the script
  • A nominating letter that discusses why oral history was used, how it was used in the development of the work, and the methodology informing the oral history process.

One copy of all material submitted is to be sent to each member of the awards committee below. Anyone wishing return of the material should include return postage. Submissions must be postmarked by April 17, 2013.

Daria Topousis (Chair)- daria.e.topousis@jpl.nasa.gov , 2643 Raymond Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001
Ron Doel – rdoel@fsu.edu, Department of History, Florida State University, 438 Bellamy Building,  113 Collegiate Loop, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2200
Natalie Fousekis – nfousekis@fullerton.edu, CSUF, Department of History, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834

Submissions must be postmarked by April 17, 2013.
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