Justin Winsor Prize Winners

2021               Dr. Jennifer Burek Pierce
                       ”More Than a Room with Books:  The Development of Author Visits for Young People in Mid-Century U.S. Public Libraries”

2020               Julie Park
                       ”Infrastructure Story: The Los Angeles Central Library’s Architectural History”

2019               Steven Knowlton
                       ”A Rapidly Escalating Demand: Academic Libraries and the Birth of Black Studies Programs”

2018                Not Awarded

2017                Alexander Ames
                       ”The ‘Spirit of the Fatherland’: German-American Culture and Community in the Library and Archive of the German Society of Pennsylvania, 1817-2017” 

2016                Steven Knowlton
                       "Since I was a citizen, I had the right to attend the library: the key role of the public library in the civil rights movement in Memphis"

2015                Sharon McQueen
                        "The Feminization of Ferdinand: Perceptions of Gender Nonconformity in a Classic Children’s Picture Book"

2014                Kate Stewart
                        "The Man in the Rice Paddies Had Something to READ: Military Libraries and Intellectual Freedom in the
                        Vietnam War"

2013                Nicola Wilson
                        "Boots Book-Lovers' library, the Novel, and James Hanley's The Furys (1935)"

2012                Ashley Maynor
                        "All the World’s Memory: Implications for the Internet as Archive and Portal for Our Cultural Heritage"

2011                Cody White
                        "Rising from the Ashes: Lessons Learned from the Impact of Proposition 13 on Public Libraries in California"

2010                Pamela Bleisch
                       "Spoilsmen and Daughters of the Republic: Political Interference in the Texas State Library during the Tenure
                        of Elizabeth Howard West, 1911-1925"

2009                Richard LeComte
                       "Writers Blocked: The Debate Over Public Lending Right in the United States During the 1980s"

2008                Jeremy Dibbell
                        "'A Library of the Most Celebrated & Approved Authors': The First Purchase Collection of Union College"

2007                Dr. Jean L. Preer
                       "Promoting Citizenship: Librarians Help Get Out the Vote in the 1952 Presidential Election"

2006                Not awarded

2005                Donald C. Boyd
                       "The Book Women of Kentucky: The WPA Pack Horse Library Project, 1935-1943"

2004                Joyce M. Latham
                       "Clergy of the Mind: William S. Learned, the Carnegie Corporation, and the American Library Association"

2003                Not awarded

2002                Marek Sroka
                       "The Destruction of Jewish Libraries and Archives in Crakow (Krakow) During World War II"
                       Libraries & Culture V.38 No. 2 (Spring 2003)

2001                Not awarded

2000                Not awarded

1999                Christine Pawley
                       "Advocate for Access: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission,
                       Libraries & Culture V.35 No. 3 (Summer 2000)

1998                Not awarded

1997                Cheryl Knott Malone
                       "Houston's Colored Carnegie Library, 1907-1922"
                       The Spring 1999 issue of Libraries & Culture (V.34, pp. 95-112) carries an article by Cheryl Knott Malone
                       entitled, "Autonomy & Accommodations: Houston's Colored Carnegie Library, 1907-1922." This is the
                       same article.

1996                Wayne A. Wiegand
                       "The Amherst Method: The Origins of the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme"
                       Libraries & Culture V.33 (Spring 1998) pp. 175-94

1995                Not awarded

1994                Not awarded

1993                Not awarded

1992                Joanne E. Passat
                       "Men in a Feminized Profession: The Male Librarian, 1887-1921"
                       Libraries & Culture V.28 (Fall 1993) pp. 385-402

1991                Margaret Stieg
                       "Post-War Purge of the German Public Libraries, Democracy, and the American Reaction"
                       Libraries & Culture V.28 (Spring 1993) pp. 143-164

1990                John Richardson
                       "Teaching General Reference Work: The Essential Paradigm, 1890-1900"
                       Library Quarterly V.62 (January 1992) pp. 55-89

1989                Frederick J. Stielow
                       "Librarians, Warriors, and Rapprochement: Carl Milam, Archibald MacLeish, and World War II"
                       Libraries & Culture V.25 (Fall 1990) pp. 513-533

1988                Brother Thomas O'Connor
                       "Library Service to the American Committee to Negotiate Peace and to the Preparatory Inquiry, 1917-1919"
                       Libraries & Culture V.24 (Spring 1989) pp. 144-157

1987                Rosalee McReynolds
                       "American Nervousness and Turn of the Century Librarians"
                       The Spring, 1990 issue of Libraries & Culture (V.25, pp. 194-217) carries an article by Ms. Reynolds with a
                        slightly different title: "The Sexual Politics of Illness in Turn of the Century Libraries." Although not stated, it
                       seems likely that this article was developed from the winning 1987 essay.

1986                Ronald Blazek
                       "Adult Education and Economic Opportunity in the Gilded Age: The Library, the Chautauqua,
                       and the Railroads in DeFuniak Springs, Florida"
                       Journal of Library History V.22 (Fall 1987) pp. 377-396

1985                Not awarded

1984                Larry Yeatman
                       "Literary Culture and the Role of Libraries in Democratic America: Baltimore, 1815-1940"
                       Journal of Library History V.20 (Fall 1985) pp. 345-367

1983                Robert S. Martin
                       "Maurice F. Tauber's Louis Round Wilson: An Analysis of a Collaboration"
                       Journal of Library History V.19 (Summer 1984) pp. 373-389

1982                Pamela Spence Richards
                       "Aryan Librarianship: Academic and Research Libraries Under Hitler"
                       Journal of Library History V.19 (Spring 1984) pp. 231-258

                       Wayne A. Wiegand, "British Propaganda in American Libraries, 1914-1917"
                       Journal of Library History V.18 (Summer 1983) pp. 237-254

1981                Mary Niles Maack
                       "Women Librarians in France: The First Generation"
                       Journal of Library History V.18 (Fall 1983) pp. 407-449

1980                Not awarded

1979                Dennis Thomison
                       "The Private Wars of Chicago's Big Bill Thompson"
                       Journal of Library History V.15 (Summer 1980) pp. 261-280

Award established Fall 1978