Award Categories

The Primary Source Awards are presented annually in the categories of access, research, and teaching.

Primary Source Award in Access

Presented to a library staff or faculty member whose work in promoting primary source materials individually or in collaborative initiatives has resulted in expanded discovery, appreciation, and usage, ultimately having a significant impact on research or instruction.

Example: Civil War Day by Day

Primary Source Award in Research

Presented to a library staff member, faculty member, or graduate student whose use of primary source materials individually or in collaborative initiatives has resulted in the innovative application of methodologies to open or expand avenues of scholarly research in the social sciences or humanities.

Example: The Federal Theater Project

Primary Source Award in Teaching

Presented to an educator whose innovative incorporation of primary source materials in instruction, individually or in collaborative initiatives, has resulted in promoting student research as an essential element of higher education.

Example: Guantánamo Public Memory Project