Primary Source Awards

CRL created the Primary Source Awards program to promote further awareness and use of primary historical evidence in research and teaching. Recognizing innovative uses of primary sources helps librarians and specialists in the CRL community better understand the practices and the needs of scholars today.

Program Description & Criteria

The awards are presented annually in three categories:

  1. Access

    Promoting discovery and use of primary source materials.
  2. Research

    Innovative use of primary source materials in research projects.
  3. Teaching

    Employing primary source materials in the classroom.


Applications for the next awards are due January 31, 2016.

Read more in the 2016 Primary Source Awards Flyer.


Submit your Nomination


Participation and Eligibility

Persons nominated for Primary Source Awards must be librarians or library staff, faculty members (includes adjunct faculty and instructors), graduate students, and administrators within the community of CRL libraries.