Every year the New Jersey Historical Commission honors individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to state history. Please note that the guidelines below have been updated since 2018.
The Richard J. Hughes Award recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of New Jersey history. It is given annually to an individual in recognition of a series of contributions in the areas of scholarship, public history, conservation and preservation, and teaching.
The Richard P. McCormick Prize is given every other year (odd years) to the author of an outstanding scholarly book on New Jersey history published during the preceding two calendar years. The award carries a prize of $1,500. In keeping with established scholarly standards, nominated works must be published by a publisher employing a rigorous peer review process. Peer review is a process of evaluation conducted by one or more professionals with a similar level of expertise to the author. All works must include footnotes or endnotes. Bibliographies are encouraged.
The Alfred E. Driscoll Prize is an award of $1,500 given every other year (even years) to the author of an outstanding doctoral dissertation in New Jersey history. Eligible dissertations must be completed within the last two calendar years. Unsuccessful applicants may resubmit their dissertation in subsequent years. Dissertations that have already been accepted for publication are eligible, and their presses may apply for publication assistance.
The Mildred Barry Garvin Prize recognizes outstanding teaching of African American history. Given every year, the prize is an award of $1,500 to a K–12 New Jersey teacher, guidance counselor, or school librarian for outstanding teaching of African American history, or for outstanding performance in a related activity (i.e., curriculum development).
Awards of Recognition are given every year to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to New Jersey history in the following categories:
Note that this is not an award for the publication of a single book or development of a particular exhibition or project.
To be eligible for any award or prize given by the New Jersey Historical Commission, all nominations must:
Nominations for the Richard J. Hughes Award and Mildred Barry Garvin Prize and Awards of Recognition must include a statement (maximum 500 words) explaining why the nominee deserves the award and a curriculum vitae (under three pages). Mildred Barry Garvin Prize nominations must also include at least one sample curriculum unit or lesson plan.
Nominees for the Richard P. McCormick Prize and the Alfred E. Driscoll Prize must accompany their nomination forms either with a digital copy of their book or dissertation emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or two hard copies mailed via the U.S. Postal Service to:
New Jersey Historical Commission Awards & Prizes
33 West State Street, P.O. Box 305
Trenton, NJ 08608-1001
Summary of Nomination Requirements
|Award or Prize||Nomination form?||Self-nomination permitted?||Statement (max. 500 words)?||Curriculum vitae (max. three pages)?||Curriculum materials?||Copy of written work?|
|Richard J. Hughes||Yes||Yes, with 2 references||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Richard P. McCormick||Yes||Yes, with 2 references||No||No||No||Yes|
|Alfred E. Driscoll||Yes||Yes, with 2 references||No||No||No||Yes|
|Mildred Barry Garvin||Yes||Yes, with 2 references||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Awards of Recognition||Yes||Yes, with 2 references||Yes||Yes||No||No|
All nominations will be submitted by the deadlines specified below.
|Richard J. Hughes||August 1, 2019||Fall 2019|
|Richard P. McCormick||July 1, 2019||Fall 2019|
|Alfred E. Driscoll||Available again in 2020||Fall 2020|
|Mildred Barry Garvin||August 1, 2019||Winter 2019/2020|
|Awards of Recognition||August 1, 2019||Fall 2019|
Nominations for the Richard P. McCormick, Alfred E. Driscoll, and Mildred Barry Gavin Prizes are reviewed by an independent panel of peer reviewers; their recommendations are forwarded to the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Grants and Prizes Committee. The Committee’s recommendations are voted on by the Commission’s full board.
Nominations for the Richard J. Hughes Award and Awards of Recognition are evaluated by the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Grants and Prizes Committee. The Committee’s recommendations are voted on by the Commission’s full board.