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 2019.
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.
In partnership with the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance (NJSAA) annual awards program, the Richard P. McCormick Prize is given every year to the author of an outstanding scholarly book on New Jersey history published during the current year of the award or in the previous two calendar years. The award carries a prize of $1,000. All works must include footnotes or endnotes. Bibliographies are encouraged. For nomination instructions, please visit the NJSAA site. Please note that a cash prize will not be offered with this award in 2020.
The Alfred E. Driscoll Prize is an award of $1,000 given every year 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. Please note that a cash prize will not be offered with this award in 2020.
The Mildred Barry Garvin Prize is given every year 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). The award carries a prize of $1,000.
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.
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 the Alfred E. Driscoll Prize must accompany their nomination forms either with a digital copy of their dissertation emailed to Shawn.Crisafulli@sos.nj.gov 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||Submissions for this prize must go through the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance. Please visit their website for instructions.|
|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||September 20, 2021||Fall 2021|
|Richard P. McCormick||May 28, 2020||Fall 2020|
|Alfred E. Driscoll||July 1, 2020||Fall 2020|
|Mildred Barry Garvin||December 1, 2021||Winter 2021/2022|
|Awards of Recognition||September 20, 2021||Fall 2021|
Nominations for the Richard P. McCormick Prize are reviewed by the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Author Awards committee and a scholar selected by the New Jersey Historical Commission. Nominations for the Alfred E. Driscoll and Mildred Barry Garvin Prizes are reviewed by an independent panel of peer reviewers; all 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.