History Prizes

 

Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize

Established in 1973, the Fenimore Art Museum Manuscript Award consists of a $3,000 purse and assistance in publication. It is presented each year to the best unpublished, book-length monograph dealing with some aspect of the history of New York State. The museum named the award for Dixon Ryan Fox in 1997 to recognize the contributions to New York history of a distinguished historian who served as the Association's president from 1929 to 1945.

Manuscripts may deal with any aspect of New York State history. Manuscripts may not have been accepted for final publication at the time of submission to Fenimore Art Museum. Biographies of individuals whose careers illuminate aspects of the history of the state are eligible, as are manuscripts dealing with such cultural matters as literature and the arts, provided that in such cases the methodology is historical. Works of fiction and works of article length are not eligible.

Deadline for submissions is March 1. The winner receives a cash prize of $3,000. There are no application forms and we do not accept hard copies. For submissions, please send a printable PDF of the full manuscript, table of contents and an abstract as separate files to publications@fenimoreart.org.

See a list of past winners (pdf)

PRIOR PRIZEWINNERS

2010

John L. Brooke, Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson

2011

David Schuyler, The Sanctified Landscape, The Mid-Hudson Valley, 1820-1909

2012

Brian Purnell, A Movement Grows in Brooklyn: The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Civil Rights Movement in Brooklyn, New York

2013

Cindy R. Lobel, Ph.D., "The Appetite of the Metropolis" Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York City (University of Chicago Press).

2014

Marsha Barrett, Nelson Rockefeller, Racial Politics, and the Undoing of Moderate Republicanism

2015

Kyle B. Roberts, Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860 (University of Chicago Press).

2016

Joyce D. Goodfriend , Who Should Rule at Home: Confronting the Elite in British New York City (Cornell University Press).

 

 

The Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogs of Distinction in the Arts

The Henry Allen Moe Prize, awarded annually by Fenimore Art Museum, recognizes excellence in exhibitions and collections-based publishing.

The museum is the recipient of an endowment from Mrs. Henry Allen Moe in memory of her husband, Henry Allen Moe, scholar and humanist. Income from the endowment is used for substantial cash prizes to foster and recognize scholarship in art history and decorative arts studies in the form of published catalogues of exhibits and collections.

Entries for each year's prize must have been published the previous year. Entries must be submitted in four copies, accompanied by a letter of transmittal stating intent to enter the contest, and received on or before February 28 of each year. Only catalogues treating collections located or exhibited in New York State qualify.

Selection will be by a committee of scholars and museum administrators. A successful entry should add new information to what is known about the subject, and may completely document an important exhibition.  Thank you to all of the participants who submitted their catalogues in this year’s Henry Allen Moe Prize competition. 

Address entries to:

The Henry Allen Moe Prize Committee
Fenimore Art Museum
PO Box 800, 5798 State Hwy 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Phone: 607.547.2586
Email: publications@fenimoreart.org
Deadline: on or before February 28

PRIOR PRIZEWINNERS

2010

Linda S. Ferber, The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision

2011

Edited by Dr. Peter N. Miller and Dr. Deborah L. Krohn, Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margarieta van Varick

2012

Frances F. Bretter, Matthew A. Thurlow, Michael K. Brown, Peter Kenny,Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York

2013

Roberta J.M. Olson, Audubon's Aviary: The Original Watercolors for The Birds of America

2014

Kimberly Orcutt and Marilyn Satin Kushner, The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution

2015

Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow , Cubsim: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection

2016

James Layton and David Pierce , The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935

 

 

 

Kerr History Prize

Endowed by Paul S. Kerr, and named for him by the board of trustees, this $1,000 prize is awarded each year to the best article published in New York History, as judged by a special trustee committee.

 

PRIOR PRIZEWINNERS

 

2010

Christopher Geherin, New Guinea: Racial Identity and Inclusion in the Stockbridge and Brothertown Indian Communities of New York

2012

Tom D. Crouch, Ph.D, The Aeronautic Society of New York and the Birth of American Aviation, 1908-1918

2013

Laurence M. Hauptman, Ph.D, On and Off State Time: William N. Fenton and the Seneca Indians in Crisis, 1954-1968

2014

Kees-Jan Waterman and Jan-Noel, Not Confined to the Village Clearings: Indian Women in the Fur Trade in Colonial New York, 1695-1732

2015

Barry Goldberg , “That Jewish Crowd:” Prejudice, Protest and the Policies of Fair Employment and Education Law in New York, 1945-1950

2016

Abby Shelton , “Her Humble Estate”: Poverty and Widowhood in Seventeenth-Century New York