Established in 1973 (and modified in 1987 and 1991), this award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, laser disk, or other circulating medium.
Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations.
The Society of American Archivists Foundation, with the cash prize underwritten by a fund first established by Elizabeth Hamer Kegan. The award honors two SAA Fellows and past presidents. In 1963 Elizabeth Hamer Kegan was appointed Assistant Librarian of Congress, a position in which she directed information, exhibits, publications, and international visitors' programs and shepherded the American Revolution Bicentennial Program. Her late husband, Philip M. Hamer, was a historian who served successively as head of the Library, Accessions, Reference, and Records Control divisions of the National Archives, and was the first executive director of the National Historical Publications Commission. He was the author of A Guide to the Archives and Manuscripts in the United States (1961).
A certificate and a cash prize consisting of the income of the prize fund for that year.
The Hamer-Kegan Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of three members of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). One member 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.
All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year. CLICK HERE to download the application form.
1973: Patricia A. Clark
1974: David W. Hirst
1975: Harold Dean Moser
1976: Charles F. Hobson
1977: Dorothy Twohig
1978: Philander D. Chase
1979: Raymond W. Smock
1980: Linda J. Pike
1981: Sharon Macpherson
1982: Mary Dix
1983: Robert E. McCarthy
1984: David Wilson
1985: Claude-Ann Lopez
1986: Not awarded
1987: Robert E. Bailey, Elaine S. Evans
1988: Nancy Bartlett, Kathleen Koehler
1989: Jane Doerr
1990: Judy Hohmann
1991: James D. Folts, Larry Hackman, Judy Hohmann
1992: Elaine Forman Crane, Northeastern University Press
1993: Carl Albert Center at University of Oklahoma
1994: American Heritage Center at University of Wyoming
1995: New York Public Library
1996: Julie Daniels, Judy Hohmann, Jean West
1997: Minnesota Historical Society
1998: Linda A. Ries
1999: Delaware Public Archives
2000: Jeffrey D. Marshall, A War of the People: Vermont Civil War Letters
2001: Shelly Henley Kelly
2002: Vermont State Archives
2003: New York State Archives Partnership Trust
2004: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
2005: Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
2006: The State Library and Archives of Florida's Florida Folklife Digitization and Education Project
2007: National Library of Medicine's Profiles in Science
2008: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the CBC Digital Archives (Les archives de Radio-Canada)
2009: Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections of the University of Toledo
2010: Giza Archives at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2011: March On Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project team (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries)
2012: Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
2013: Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
2014: Emma Goldman Papers Project
2015: The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine