The Annual Hendricks Award of the New Netherland Institute (for recently-completed dissertations and unpublished book-length manuscripts)

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February 15, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies

The Annual Hendricks Award is given to the best book or book-length manuscript relating to any aspect of New Netherland and the Dutch colonial experience in North America up to 1776 and its legacy. The award carries a prize of $5,000, as well as a framed print of Len Tantillo's painting Fort Orange and the Patroon’s House. The prize-winner, chosen by a five-member panel of scholars, is selected in May or June. The award is given at a ceremony in conjunction with our Annual Conference held in September. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Two categories of submissions will be considered in alternate years:

(1) recently completed dissertations and unpublished book-length manuscripts, and (2) recently-published books. If there is no suitable winner in the designated category in any particular year, submissions from the alternate category will be considered. In addition, submissions from the previous year will be reconsidered for the Award. 

Entries must be based on research completed or published within two years prior to submission. Manuscripts may deal with any aspect of the Dutch colonial experience, as defined above. Biographies of individuals whose careers illuminate aspects of the history of New Netherland and its aftermath are eligible, as are manuscripts dealing with literature and the arts, provided that the methodology is historical. Co-authored books are eligible, but edited collections of articles are not, nor are works of fiction or works of article length. An entry may be a self-nomination, an outside nomination, or in response to invitations to submit from Hendricks Award readers.

Submissions will be judged on three criteria: their contribution to the scholarly understanding of New Netherland and the Dutch colonial experience in North America and/or the legacy of that experience, the quality of the research, and the quality of the writing.  

Three copies of a published book or three clear, readable photocopies of the manuscript must be submitted on or before February 15, with a letter of intent to enter. Copies cannot be returned. Alternatively, manuscript submissions may be in pdf format. Please also send an electronic version of all submissions (in PDF format) if available.

Send PDF submissions to or to let us know that your materials are in the mail. You will receive a reply confirming the receipt of your mailed materials. Please use 'Hendricks Award' in the subject line.

In 2020, the designated category is recently-completed dissertations and unpublished book-length manuscripts.

Contact Info: 

Stephen McErleane
Director, New Netherland Institute
CEC Room 10D50
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230