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The Mormon History Association presents the following awards to encourage and foster the highest ideals in scholarly research and publication. For information on submitting candidates for the awards, visit our Nominations page.
Note: Prior to 2012, awards given by MHA bore the name of the award's donor/funder or one memorialized by the donor. With the exception of the Leonard J. Arrington Award, the awards are now simply named for the work they represent.
Leonard J. Arrington Award
In honor of Leonard J. Arrington
Awarded annually to a scholar whose contributions are truly outstanding for distinguished service to Mormon history. The selection committee will consider the influence of certain individual works by nominees for this award, as well as their cumulative records of meritorious scholarship in general. Awarded since 1999, this award is named and given in memory and recognition of a founding father of the Mormon History Association and premier mentor and promoter of Mormon history. This award replaces the Grace Fort Arrington Award for Historical Excellence that was offered from 1981 through 1998, so winners of that award will not be eligible for the present one.
Best Book Award
Awarded for the best book published on Mormon history. Given to honor and encourage the sense of purpose, dedication, excellence of study, research and scholarship in the field of Mormon history. Primarily funded by Curtis T. Atkisson in memory of his wife, Mary Ann Atkisson, a lover of history, an accomplished artist, and MHA member.
Donors: Curtis T. Atkisson; Christian K. and Julianna B. Barney
Best Biography Award
Awarded for the best published biography in the field of Mormon history. Funded in honor of Ella Larsen Turner, a published historian and genealogist,and her daughter, Ella Ruth Turner Bergera, a published family historian, novelist, and poet.
Donor: The families of Ella Turner and Ella Ruth Bergera
Best Documentary Editing / Bibliography Award
Awarded for the best published book of documentary editing or bibliography on Mormon history. Funded in remembrance of the Barneys' Mormon ancestors.
Donors: Christian K. and Julianna B. Barney
Best International Book Award
Awarded for the best book on international Mormon history. Funded in honor of Geraldine McBride Woodward for promoting her great love of Mormon history and its remarkable heritage to her family, friends, and students.
Donors: Geraldine and Clair Woodward; Christopher and April Newton; Joel and Shireen Woodward; Nan Woodward Noble
Best First Book Award
Awarded for an author's best first book published on Mormon history during the year.
Donor: Smith-Pettit Foundation, a private operating foundation, in support of scholarly Mormon studies
Best Family / Community History Award
Awarded to the best commercially or privately published and thoroughly researched family or community history relating to the Mormon experience prior to 1980. Funded in memory of Marjorie June Winchester Scott, a local historian, museum curator, and MHA member; and the Winchester family, whose history as early converts reflects Mormonism's tumultuous first century and a half.
Donor: The Scott family
Best Article Award
Awarded for the best published article on Mormon history. Funded by the Hartley Foundation to honor noted Mormon historian William G. Hartley.
Article Awards of Excellence (2)
Awarded for two outstanding articles published on Mormon history in honor of Vera Jean and J. Talmage Jones, as a tribute from their family for their excellent example of Christian values.
Donor: The Vera Jean and J. Talmage Jones Family
Best International Article Award
Awarded for the best international Mormon history article (in print or online journals), in honor of Andrew Jenson, Assistant LDS Church Historian, for his outstanding contribution in documenting nearly every LDS congregation around the world.
Donors: Joseph and Julia Todd
Best Article on Mormon Women's History Award
Awarded for an outstanding article on the experiences of Mormon women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Sponsored by the Mormon Women's History Initiative Team (MWHIT), an independent group of scholars from around the United States who encourage research, writing, and publications on Mormon women's history.
Donor: Silver Foundation
For Dissertation, Thesis, and Student Papers
Best Dissertation Award
Awarded for the best doctoral dissertation on a Mormon historical theme. Funded in honor and memory of the many students of Gerald R. Jones, who served for many years as an administrator and instructor for the LDS Church Education System.
Donor: Gerald Edward Jones
Best Thesis Award
Award for the best master's thesis on a Mormon historical theme. Funded in honor of Lester E. Bush who served for five years as Associate Editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and wrote many articles and one book. His most noteworthy achievement was a Dialogue article published in 1973 on Blacks and the priesthood. He spent his career as a physician working for the federal government and is now retired.
Donor: Gregory A. Prince
Best Graduate Paper Award
Awarded to a university or college graduate student for the best paper on Mormon history. Funded in honor of Juanita Brooks for her life of dedication, scholarship, and the courage in which she led the way in an honest and professional approach to the study of the Mormon past.
Donor: Lola Van Wagenen
Best Undergraduate Paper Award
Awarded to a university or college undergraduate student for the best paper on Mormon history. Funded in honor of Juanita Brooks for her life of dedication, scholarship, and the courage in which she led the way in an honest and professional approach to the study of the Mormon past.
Donor: Lola Van Wagenen
For Special Contributions
Presented to persons or an institution who made a significant contribution to Mormon history.