Awards and Prizes

THE ERMINIE WHEELER-VOEGELIN BOOK AWARD:

Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin (1903-1988) founded the American Society for Ethnohistory in 1954. After beginning graduate work in anthropology at the University of California, and working in the field for many years, she became the first woman to receive a doctoral degree (1939) in anthropology from Yale. She conducted fieldwork in a wide variety of North American locations, taught at Indiana University, served as editor on various journals, and was published widely in the areas of anthropology, folklore, and ethnohistory. She is best known for her work as director of the Great Lakes-Ohio Valley Research Project at Indiana University from 1956 to 1969.

The award was established in 1981 to honor Dr. Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin and is awarded in recognition of the best book-length contribution to ethnohistory.

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ROBERT F. HEIZER ARTICLE AWARD:

This prize is awarded for recognition of the best article in the field of ethnohistory. The award was established in 1980 to honor Dr. Robert F. Heizer, ethnohistorian and archaeologist noted for his research in California and Mesoamerica.

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HELEN HORNBECK TANNER BEST STUDENT CONFERENCE PAPER AWARD:

Helen Hornbeck Tanner (1916-2011) served as the acting director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library, director the Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History Project, and an expert witness and historical consultant for several tribes. She was senior research fellow at the Newberry Library most recently. Dr. Tanner was a long-time supporter of junior scholars, a loyal attendee of ASE meetings, and partial namesake of the Newberry Library’s Power-Tanner fellowship for American Indian scholars.

The award was named in honor of Dr. Helen Hornbeck Tanner and is awarded every year at the annual meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory to the best paper presented by a graduate student.

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