The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 383
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Category G-Organizations contributing most significantly to the un-
derstanding and development of local history or historical pro-
grams. For example: Business firms, labor unions, patriotic so-
cieties, privately owned restorations, museums, foundations.
IMPORTANT-No nomination should be made except in the case
of unusually meritorious work. The mere fulfillment of routine func-
tions (in the case of a historical society, for instance) is not justifica-
tion for an award, unless such fulfillment involves a radical change
in policy for that society.
Action over and above the ordinary call of duty is the usual pre-
requisite for an award. A newspaper, for instance, running a "Twenty-
five Years Ago Today" column would not ordinarily be eligible for
an award. A paper which gave space to a series of outstanding feature
articles in the historical field; ran a series of historical cartoons; or
lent consistent, frequent and effective editorial support to historical
causes, to teaching state and local history in the schools, to preserving
historic shrines, etc., would be.
An occasional award may be given for notable programs extending
over more than the immediate year under consideration. Such awards
must be particularly carefully considered and screened.
A person who for many years has given effective leadership to his-
torical work in his or her area, who has consistently proposed and
pushed to success historical projects, etc., even though no single out-
standing milestone had been reached in the particular year under
consideration, would be eligible for an award. Very few such awards
In making nominations at the state or provincial level, in the rec-
ommendations of the regional chairmen and in the final selections of
the Awards Committee, quality and distinctiveness of the achieve-
ment will be given overriding importance. New and promising ideas,
approaches, and innovations in a significant sector of the field of state
and local history will also be given special consideration.
Except for the occasional award for cumulative contribution over
a series of years, awards will be made only for special accomplishments
in the fiscal year ending nearest the date of the annual convention
of the American Association for State and Local History.
In the final selection six awards were made to Texas for out-
standing contributions in the state and local history fields. Several
hundred entries from the United States and Canada came in for
final selection. The one award endorsed most enthusiastically
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