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.



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

Award Recipients


Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton University Press)


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


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


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)


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


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


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


Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (Oxford University Press)


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)


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


The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)


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


Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Routledge)


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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan, 1987)


The Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (Macmillan, 1986)


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


Wilsonline (The H. W. Wilson Company)


The Times Atlas of the Oceans (Van Nostrand, 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."


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


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


No award


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


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


No award presented


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