Dartmouth Medal

Established in 1974, this medal honors the creation of a reference work of outstanding quality and significance, including, but not limited to: writing, compiling, editing, or publishing books or electronic information. The award is given to works that have been published or made available for the first time during the calendar year preceding the presentation of the award. Dartmouth Medal Honorable Mention certificates may also be presented.

Dartmouth College established sponsorship of the award in 1974 upon the suggestion of Dean Lathem, Dartmouth College librarian. Dartmouth College commissioned the internationally celebrated graphic artist Rudolph Ruzicka to design the bronze medal. Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, who presided not only over the arts and sciences, but over all intellectual aspects of human life, is featured against a filigree of olive branches.

Nominations

Those interested in submitting a book for consideration should contact the committee chair for instructions. Deadline for submissions is November 30.

Award Recipients

2014

Mammals of Africa (Bloomsbury)
Honorable Mention: International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell)
Honorable Mention: Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions (University of Illinois Press)

2013

Dictionary of American Regional English (Belknap Press)
Honorable Mention: The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell)

2012

Green's Dictionary of Slang (Chambers)
Honorable Mention: International Encyclopedia of Political Science (Sage Reference in association with the International Political Science Association)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Statistical Abstract of the United States (United States Department of Commerce)

2011

Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and the online Berg Fashion Library (Bloomsbury)
Honorable Mention: Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Yale University Press)

2010

Encyclopedia of Human Rights (Oxford University Press)
Honorable Mention: The Encyclopedia of Modern China (Gale) and The Encyclopedia of Journalism (Sage)

2009

Pop Culture Universe (Greenwood)
Honorable Mention: The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe ed. Gershon David Hundert (Yale University Press)

2008

Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (Oxford University Press)

2007

Encyclopaedia Judaica, Fred Skolnik, ed.-in-chief (Thomson Gale)
Honorable Mention: Historical Statistics of the United States: Earlier Times to the Present, Millenial Edition (Cambridge University Press)

2006

Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film (Routledge/Taylor & Francis)
Honorable Mention: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States (Oxford University Press)

2005

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)

2004

Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (Charles Scribner's Sons)
Honorable Mention: Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work (Routledge)

2003

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Routledge)

2002

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (Oxford University Press)
Honorable Mention: New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Grove’s Dictionaries, 2001)

2001

Women in World History (Gale Group)
Honorable Mention: Encyclopedia of the American Civil War (ABC-CLIO, 2000) and Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences (Academic Press, 2000)

2000

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (Scribner's)
Honorable Mention: Encyclopedia of Electrical & Electronics Engineering (Wiley), International Dictionary of Black Composers (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers), and The Oxford Companion to Food (Oxford University Press)

1999

American National Biography (Oxford Univ. Pr.), eds. John A. Garraty & Mark C. Carnes
Honorable Mention: International Encyclopedia of Dance (Oxford University Press); Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Rooutledge); The Columbia Gazetteer of the World (Columbia University Press)

1998

Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (Routledge)
Honorable Mention: Encyclopedia of Africa: South of the Sahara (Charles Scribner's Sons); The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Africa (Garland); Encyclopedia Judaica on CD-ROM (Judaica Multimedia)

1997

The Dictionary of Art (Groves Dictionaries)
Honorable Mention: Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (Macmillan Reference); The Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia for Students (Charles Scribner's Sons); Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (Charles Scribners Sons)

1996

Civilizations of the Ancient Near East (Macmillan Library Reference/Charles Scribner's Sons)
Honorable Mention: Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Macmillan); Encyclopedia of New York City (Yale University Press)

1995

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency (Simon & Schuster)
Honorable Mention: Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre (Schirmer Books)

1994

Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (Carlson Pub)
Honorable Mention: Encyclopedia of American History (Charles Scribner's Sons)

1993

Encyclopedia of Sociology (Macmillan, 1992)
Honorable Mention: The Oxford Companion to the English Language (Oxford University Press, 1992)

1992

Atlas of United States Environmental Issues (Macmillan, 1990)
Honorable Mention: The Reader's Companion to American History (Houghton Mifflin, 1991)

1991

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (Macmillan, 1989)
Honorable Mention: Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920 (Abbeville Press, 1990).

1990

Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (The University North Carolina Press, 1989)
Honorable Mention: The Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Joseph Strazer, ed. (Scribners, 1989)

1989

We the People: An Atlas of America's Diversity (Macmillan, 1988)

1988

The Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan, 1987)

1987

The Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (Macmillan, 1986)

1986

The International Encyclopedia of Education: Research and Studies (Pergamon Press, 1985)

1985

Wilsonline (The H. W. Wilson Company)

1984

The Times Atlas of the Oceans (Van Nostrand, 1983)

1983

Congressional Information Service, Inc., for "The body of its reference works which provide exceptional access to current and retrospective publications of the United States Government and to statistical publications from a wide variety of sources."

1982

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Stanley Sadie, ed. (Stockton Press, 1980)

1981

Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Charles B. Gillispie, ed. (Scribners, 1981)

1980

No award

1979

The Encyclopedia of Bioethics, Warren Reich, ed.-in-chief (Free Press, 1978)

1978

International Encyclopedia of Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Neurology, Benjamin B. Wolman, ed.-in-chief (Van Nostrand for Aesculapius, 1977)

1977

Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era, 1760-1790, Lester J. Cappon, ed. (Princeton University Press for the Newberry Library and the Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1975)

1976

No award presented

1975

New England Board of Higher Education for establishing NASIC, Northeast Academic Science Information Center, a regional experiment in the brokerage of information services