Donald G. Davis Article Award


The Donald G. Davis Article Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association every second year to recognize the best article written in English in the field of United States and Canadian library history including the history of libraries, librarianship, and book culture.

The award honors Donald G. Davis, longtime professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas and editor of Libraries & the Cultural Record and its forerunner. A major contributor to the field, Dr. Davis has authored numerous historical articles, advised many notable Ph.D. dissertations, compiled important bibliographies, and edited both the Encyclopedia of Library History (with Wayne Wiegand) and the Dictionary of American Library Biography Second Supplement.

Eligibility and criteria

Entries for each biennial award must have been published between January 1 and December 31 of the two years preceding the award year. Entries are judged on quality of scholarship, clarity of style, depth of research, and ability to place research findings in a broad social, cultural, and political context. One award will be given every second year unless the jury does not find a suitable candidate for that biennial period. Papers that have won the Justin Winsor or Jesse Shera Awards are not eligible for consideration.

Award Jury

The Davis Article Award Committee, a subcommittee of the Research Committee of the Library History Round Table, serves as jury for the award.

Nominating process

Any member of the Library History Round Table may nominate one or more articles by sending a recommendation to the Chair of the Davis Award Committee. Also, the editor of the LHRT Newsletter Library History Bibliography will submit a list of candidates.

Email nominations are preferred.
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If submission by email is not possible, nominations should be sent to:

Davis Article Award Committee
Office of Research and Statistics
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Fax: (312)280-4392

Presentation of the Award

The winner will be announced in a press release on or about June 1st of the award year. Certificates honoring the author(s) and journal will be presented at a Library History Round Table awards ceremony during the American Library Association Annual Conference in the year of the award.

To see previous award winners

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