Joan Paterson Kerr Award

The Western History Association announces a prize of $500 for the Joan Paterson Kerr Book Award. This award is presented annually for the best illustrated book on the history of the American West. $500 is awarded to the author/editor and a certificate goes to the press. Nominations should be sent directly to each member of the award committee listed below. To be eligible for the award in 2017, the book must have been published in 2015 or 2016. 
Submissions are due by April 1, 2017.

2017 Committee

Renée Laegreid - Chair

University of Wyoming
Department of History
Dept. 3198
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071

Carolyn Brucken
4700 Western heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

Cynthia Prescott
302 Park Avenue
Grand Forks, ND 58203


Joan Paterson Kerr (1921- 1996)

"Mrs. Kerr was a founding picture editor of American Heritage magazine. She was a co-editor of 'American Album,' published by American Heritage, and 'The Romantic Egoists,' a pictorial history of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. She also was a picture editor at Newsweek Books and for the Book-of-the-Month Club series 'The American Past.'

Mrs. Kerr also compiled 'A Bully Father: Theodore Roosevelt's Letters to His Children' (1995), for which she wrote the biographical essay and notes."

 -The New York Times, Nov. 22, 1996

Past Winners

2015| Sergei Kan for A Russian American photographer in Tlingit country : Vincent Soboleff in Alaska (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013). Click here to read more.

2013 | Eric L. Muller for Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012). Click here to read more.

2011 | Carol Clark for Charles Deas and 1840s America (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009). Click here to read more.

2009 | B. Byron Price for Charles M. Russell: A Catalogue Raisonné (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007). Click here to read more.

2007 | Margot Liberty, ed. Commentary by John Woodenlegs for A Northern Cheyenne Album: Photographs by Thomas B. Marquis (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006). Click here to read more.

2005 | Edited by Brandon K. Ruud, annotations by Marsha V. Gallagher, essays by Ron Tyler and Brandon K. Ruud, preface by J. Brooks Joyner for Karl Bodmer‘s North American Prints (Joslyn Art Museum and University of Nebraska Press, 2004). Click here to read more.

2003 | Aron L. Crowell (Editor), Amy F. Steffian (Editor), Gordon L. Pullar (Editor) Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2001). Click here to read more.

2001 | Carlos Schwantes for Long Day‘s Journey: The Steamboat and Stagecoach Era in the Northern West (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999). Click here to read more.

1999 | Mary Meagher and Douglas B. Houston for Yellowstone and the Biology of Time (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1998). Click here to read more.

1997 | Peter Hassrick and Melissa J. Webster for Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings (University of Washington Press, 1996). Click here to read more.

1995 | Edited by David Harris with Eric Sandweiss for Eadweard Muybridge and the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco, 1850-1880 (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1993). Click here to read more.

1993 | David W. Penny for Art of the American Indian Frontier: The Chandler-Pohrt Collection (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1992).

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