The National Postal Museum sponsors three biennial prizes for recent scholarship on the history of the postal system in the United States and its territories, and their antecedents. The US Postal Service started these awards in 2007 to honor its first historian, Rita Lloyd Moroney. These prizes - now, the National Postal Museum Awards for Scholarship in Postal History - are designed to recognize scholarship on the history of the American postal system and to raise awareness of the significance of the postal system in American life. Scholarship by graduate students is eligible for a $1,000 award; work by scholars and professionals (faculty members, independent scholars, and public historians) is eligible for a $2,000 award; and public history scholarship presented online is eligible for a $1,000 award.
The museum is pleased to announce that the winners in 2020 are:
David Johnson. Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019.
Graduate student prizes:
L. Bao Bui. “'I Feel Impelled To Write': Male Intimacy, Epistolary Privacy, and the Culture of Letter Writing during the American Civil War.” PhD diss., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2016.
Alicia Maggard. "One Nation, under Steam: Technopolitics, Steam Navigation, and the Rise of American Industrial Power." PhD diss., Brown University, 2019.
The museum will begin accepting submissions for the 2022 National Postal Museum Awards for Scholarship in Postal History on December 3, 2021. For more information on the prizes and the eligibility years, please see https://postalmuseum.si.edu/the-national-postal-museum-awards-for-scholarship-in-postal-history
Dr. Susan Smith, Winton M. Blount Research Chair
Smithsonian National Postal Museum