ABC-CLIO Online History Award

By The GPDH Editors | November 25, 2012

The ABC-CLIO Online History Award is offered every other year beginning in 2005. It consists of $2,500 donated by ABC-CLIO, a publisher of reference materials in the field of history, and a citation. The award recognizes the accomplishments of a person or a group of people producing (1) a freely available online historical collection, or (2) an online tool tailored for the purpose of finding historical materials, or (3) an online teaching aid stimulating creative historical scholarship.

The award seeks to encourage the development of freely available, sustainable online history resources by singling out innovative projects and the individuals who created them. Projects shall have been completed (or, in the case of a regularly updated database, well established) in the two years prior to nomination and serve as a model for broader emulation. Examples can include:

Primary sources digitized from the collections of more than one repository
Guides to research on an historical subject that span multiple formats and repositories
Databases incorporating citations, annotations, text, multimedia, and/or hyperlinks
Presentations of an historical theme stimulating new approaches to its teaching

The nominee(s) must be employed by a library or educational institution during the year prior to nomination for the award; institutions do not qualify. There is no restriction on the nominating individual.

To nominate an individual or group, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein. Questions should be directed to the committee chair.

The deadline for nominations is December 15.


2011. Stephen Robertson, Shane White, Stephen Garton and Graham White, University of Sydney, Australia for Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915-1930.

2009. Ken Middleton, Middle Tennessee State University, for Discovering American Women’s History Online.

2007. Faith Jones, head of Literature and Language Collection, Mid-Manhattan Library, the New York Public Library, for The Yizkor Books Project

2005. Oregon Historical Society for the Oregon History Project

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