Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rita Lloyd Moroney Awards Offer Prizes for Work in Postal History

Pony Express poster from National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution
The Rita Lloyd Moroney Awards are sponsored by the United States Postal Service for scholarly works on the history of the American postal system. These prizes are designed to encourage scholarship on the history of the American postal system and to raise awareness about the significance of the postal system in American life. The prizes are intended for scholarship on any topic on the history of the American postal system from the colonial era to the present—including the history of the imperial postal system that preceded the establishment of the American postal system in 1775. Comparative or international historical studies are eligible if the American postal system is central to the discussion. The awards honor Rita Lloyd Moroney, who began conducting historical research for the Postmaster General in 1962 and then served as Historian of the U.S. Postal Service from 1973 to 1991.
    Conference papers, theses, dissertations, or published works by students are eligible for a $1,000 award; published works by faculty members, independent scholars, and public historians are eligible for a $2,000 award. The next deadline is December 1, 2013.
    For further details, please see the website for the Rita Lloyd Moroney Awards, or contact Richard Kielbowicz, Department of Communication, University of Washington, kielbowi@uw.edu. Previous recipients include BHC members Joseph Adelman and Philip Glende.