Whitehill Prize

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts Announces the 2019 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History

This prize of two thousand five hundred dollars, established in memory of Walter Muir Whitehill, for many years Editor of Publications for the Colonial Society and the moving force behind the organization, will be awarded for a distinguished essay on early American history (up to 1825), not previously published, with preference being given to New England subjects. The Society hopes that the prize may be awarded annually.

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A committee of members of eminent historians will review the essays. Their decision in all cases will be final. 

By arrangement with the editors of the New England Quarterly, the Society will have the winning essay published in an appropriate issue of the journal.

Essays are now being accepted for consideration. All manuscripts submitted for the 2019 prize must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2019. The Society expects to announce the winning candidate in the spring of 2020.


Entries submitted for consideration should be addressed to:

Whitehill Prize Committee
c/o The New England Quarterly
History Department
University of Massachusetts, Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA, 02125

Please review the prize specifications before you submit your essay.
The link can be found above.