Established in 1984, this award recognizes finding aids, finding aid systems, projects that involve innovative development in archival description, or descriptive tools that enable archivists to produce effective finding aids. To merit serious consideration for the award, nominees must, in some significant way, set national standards, represent a model for archival description, or otherwise have a substantial impact on descriptive practices. The following types of works or activities may be considered:
Individuals, institutions, or groups of individuals or institutions. There are no restrictions on the format in which information is presented and formats may include printed volumes, card catalogs, computerized files, microforms, and slide presentations. Both published and unpublished works produced during the preceding calendar year are eligible. This award is not intended for books or articles on descriptive theory. Works and activities must involve projects located primarily in North America.
A completed nomination form and the required number of copies of the finding aid.
The Society of American Archivists Foundation, in memory of C.F.W. Coker, a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists who worked at the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress, where he was the head of the Reference and Reader Service Section in the Manuscript Division. Coker was also director of the Modern Archives Institute, editor of The American Archivist, and general editor of the first SAA Basic Manual Series.
A certificate and a cash prize of $250.
The Coker Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee consists of four members of the Society of American Archivists (one of whom shall be the current chair of the Description Section, who shall serve a term concurrent with his or her office) and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). One of the remaining members of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as chair and present the award.
All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year. CLICK HERE to download the application form.
1984: Roy Turnbaugh
1985: Debra L. Newman
1986: Nancy Sahli, Lisa B. Weber
1987: Not awarded
1988: Frederick Honhart
1989: Scott Cline
1990: The Center for Legislative Archives (NARA)
1991: David Brumberg, Elaine Engst
1992: Not awarded
1993: Diane Vogt-O'Connor
1994: Not awarded
1995: Robert M. Kvasnicka
1996: Not awarded
1997: Robert B. Matchette; Honorable Mention: Mary Lynn McCree Bryan
1998: Encoded Archival Description Working Group
1999: Francis X. Blouin, Leonard A. Coombs, Claudia Carlen, Elizabeth Yakel, Katherine J. Gill
2000: Not awarded
2001: Waverly Lowell, Kelcy Shepherd
2002: Not awarded
2003: Not awarded
2004: RLG's EAD Advisory Group
2005: Online Archives of California
2006: The Walt Whitman Archive
2007: Greg Bradsher
2008: The Archivists’ Toolkit™ (AT)
2009: World War II: Guide to Records Relating to U.S. Military Participation
2010: North Carolina State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center
2011: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
2012: Not awarded
2013: Princeton University Library Archival Description Working Group:
Daniel Santamaria (chair), Maureen Callahan, John Delaney, Shaun Ellis, Regine Heberlein,
Jon Stroop, and Don Thornbury
2014: Remixing Archival Metadata Project, University of Miami
2015: The Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project