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Book awards: Caroline Bancroft History Prize

Book awards by cover

Works (25)

The Mythic West in Twentieth-Century America by Robert G. Athearn1988
Growing Up with the Country: Childhood on the Far Western Frontier by Elliott West1990
A Story That Stands Like a Dam: Glen Canyon and the Struggle for the Soul of the West by Russell Martin1990
Thomas O. Larkin: A Life of Patriotism and Profit in Old California by Harlan Hague1991
When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846 by Ramón A. Gutiérrez1992
The Spanish Frontier in North America by David J. Weber1993
Trials and Triumphs: A Colorado Portrait of the Great Depression, With Fsa Photographs by Stephen J. Leonard1994
Antigua California: Mission and Colony on the Peninsular Frontier, 1697-1768 (University of Arizona Southwest Center Book) by Harry W. Crosby1995
Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945 by Patricia Trenton1996
Big Bluestem: A Journey into the Tallgrass by Annick Smith1997
Dust Bowl Migrants in the American Imagination (Rural America) by Charles J. Shindo1998
The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, & the Rush to Colorado by Elliott West1999
Jefferson and the Indians: The Tragic Fate of the First Americans by Anthony F. C. Wallace2000
Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865 by Peter Palmquist2001
A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell by Donald Worster2002
Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Will Bagley2003
One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark by Colin G. Calloway2004
Beasts of the Fields: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers, 1769-1913 by Richard Steven Street2005
Women of the Northern Plains: Gender and Settlement on the Homestead Frontier by Barbara Handy-Marchello2006
Norwegians on the Prairie: Ethnicity and the Development of the Country Town by Odd S. Lovoll2007
Bound in Twine: The History and Ecology of the Henequen-Wheat Complex for Mexico and the American and Canadian Plains, 1880-1950 (Environmental History Series) by Sterling D. Evans2008
Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War by Thomas G. Andrews2009
The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants by Jane S. Smith2010
Valentine T. McGillycuddy : Army surgeon, agent to the Sioux by Candy Vyvey Moulton2012
After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics by Greg Robinson2013

Award description

The Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library awards the Caroline Bancroft Prize annually. According to the terms of the will of the late Caroline Bancroft, provision is made for an annual prize “to be awarded to the author of the best book on Colorado or Western American History published during the current year, to be known as the Caroline Bancroft History Prize.”

The competition is open to all persons, whether connected with the Denver Public Library or not and whether citizens of the United States or any other country. “Colorado or Western American History” is defined geographically as being inclusive of the trans-Mississippi West from prehistoric times to the present. This includes all states west of the Mississippi River, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Canadian and Mexican borderlands.

In defining the term “best book,” the staff of the Western History/Genealogy Department will consider books that make significant contribution to historical knowledge, that present thorough and original research, that bring a new perspective to some well-known question, and that are of a high literary quality. The winning book/author will be selected by employees of the Western History/Genealogy Department.



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