The Whitehill Prize in Early American History

    The 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.

    A committee 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.

    2018 Award

    The Whitehill Prize Committee has awarded David Como’s “City on the Other Hill: The Plough Patent, the Company of Husbandmen, and a Radical Puritan Colonization Project” the 2018 prize. Professor Como is professor of early modern British history at Stanford.

    2019 Request for Manuscripts

    Essays are now being accepted for consideration for the 2019 prize. All manuscripts submitted for the 2019 prize must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2020 (extended). 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
    Department of History
    University of Massachusetts, Boston
    100 Morrissey Blvd.
    Boston, MA 02125

    For additional information, including prize specifications and a list of past winners, see