Joan Paterson Kerr Award

The Western History Association announces a prize of $500 for the Joan Paterson Kerr Book Award. This award is presented annually for the best illustrated book on the history of the American West. There is a $500 prize awarded to the author/editor and a certificate goes to the press. Nominations should be sent directly to each member of the award committee listed below. To be eligible for the award in 2018, the book must have been published in 2017. View a list of past recipients.

Award Submission Deadline: April 1, 2018


2017 Joan Paterson Kerr Award Committee

 Renee Laegreid, Chair
 University of Wyoming
 Department of History, 3198
 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
 rlaegrei@uwyo.edu

 Carolyn Brucken
 4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
 cbrucken@theautry.org

 Cynthia Prescott
 302 Park Avenue
 Grand Forks, ND 58203
cynthia.culver@gmail.com


Joan Paterson Kerr (1921- 1996): "Mrs. Kerr was a founding picture editor of American Heritage magazine. She was a co-editor of American Album, published by American Heritage, and The Romantic Egoists, a pictorial history of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. She also was a picture editor at Newsweek Books and for the Book-of-the-Month Club series "The American Past." Mrs. Kerr also compiled A Bully Father: Theodore Roosevelt's Letters to His Children (1995), for which she wrote the biographical essay and notes." (Source: The New York Times, Nov. 22, 1996)



Past Recipients

2015 | Sergei Kan for A Russian American photographer in Tlingit country : Vincent Soboleff in Alaska (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013)

2013 | Eric L. Muller for Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

2011 | Carol Clark for Charles Deas and 1840s America (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009)

2009 | B. Byron Price for Charles M. Russell: A Catalogue RaisonnĂ© (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007)

2007 | Margot Liberty, ed. Commentary by John Woodenlegs for A Northern Cheyenne Album: Photographs by Thomas B. Marquis (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006)

2005 | Edited by Brandon K. Ruud, annotations by Marsha V. Gallagher, essays by Ron Tyler and Brandon K. Ruud, preface by J. Brooks Joyner for Karl Bodmer‘s North American Prints (Joslyn Art Museum and University of Nebraska Press, 2004)

2003 | Aron L. Crowell (Editor), Amy F. Steffian (Editor), Gordon L. Pullar (Editor) Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2001)

2001 | Carlos Schwantes for Long Day‘s Journey: The Steamboat and Stagecoach Era in the Northern West (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999). 

1999 | Mary Meagher and Douglas B. Houston for Yellowstone and the Biology of Time (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1998)

1997 | Peter Hassrick and Melissa J. Webster for Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings (University of Washington Press, 1996)

1995 | Edited by David Harris with Eric Sandweiss for Eadweard Muybridge and the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco, 1850-1880 (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1993)

1993 | David W. Penny for Art of the American Indian Frontier: The Chandler-Pohrt Collection (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1992).


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