Call for Nominations: Missouri History Book Award, Atherton Prizes, and Eagleton-Waters Book Award

Award Nominations Due June 30

The State Historical Society of Missouri is seeking nominations for the Missouri History Book Award, the Lewis E. Atherton Prizes, and the Eagleton-Waters Book Award.

Nominations are due by June 30, 2021, and winners will be announced at the 2021 Annual Meeting in November. See below for award and nomination details.

Missouri History Book Award

The Missouri History Book Award is given annually to the author of the best book published on the history of Missouri and its people.

Books copyrighted in 2020 are eligible for the 2021 award. The honor includes a $1,500 prize and a certificate for the author(s).

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Lewis E. Atherton Prizes

The Lewis E. Atherton Prizes are awarded to an outstanding doctoral dissertation and master’s thesis on Missouri history or biography.

The winner of the dissertation award will receive a $1,000 check and a certificate, and the winner of the thesis award will receive a $500 check and a certificate.

Nominations must be made by the department that granted the degree, and no more than two nominations for each prize are accepted annually from a department. For the 2021 prizes, nominees must have completed a doctoral degree or the master's degree between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

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Eagleton-Waters Book Award

The Eagleton-Waters Book Award is given biennially for the best book published on the political history of Missouri.

The award is made possible through the generosity of the late Thomas F. Eagleton, former Missouri attorney general and lieutenant governor and US senator from Missouri, 1968-1987; and the late Henry J. Waters III, the longtime publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune and former member of the Society's board of trustees.

Books copyrighted in 2019 or 2020 are eligible for the 2021 award; entries will be evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges selected by the Society.

The subject matter of books nominated for the award should pertain to the political history of Missouri.

The honor includes a $1,000 cash prize and a plaque for the author(s).

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