Call for Papers: 1500 Penn Prize-2020

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Call for Papers
November 6, 2020
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Business History / Studies, Economic History / Studies, Political History / Studies

Call for Papers: 1500 Penn Prize

To promote and preserve the history of the US Treasury, the Treasury Historical Association (THA) invites essay submissions for the 2020 1500 Penn Prize.  Named in honor of the location of the Treasury’s historic main building, the prize seeks to reward outstanding scholarship on the history and significance of the Treasury to American history—widely conceived. The THA welcomes scholarly essays that cover any period of American history, as well as any aspect of the Treasury’s past, including studies of policies, politics, architecture, people, and culture.

The winner of this contest will receive a $250 honorarium as well as an invitation to speak at the THA’s prestigious Noontime Lecture Series in the historic Cash Room of the Treasury building in Washington, D.C. Past speakers have included leading scholars and former Secretaries of the Treasury.  The THA will cover travel costs to Washington D.C. up to $750.


Submissions must be double-spaced, 12-point font, and no more than 12,000 words including footnotes. Submissions should also include a current CV and a cover page. The cover page should include contact information and author’s affiliation.  Essay submissions should be sent via email as a PDF attachment to


For questions on the 1500 Penn Prize or the THA Noontime Lecture Series, contact  For more information on the Treasury Historical Association visit


Due to the current pandemic we are pushing the deadline to November 6, 2020. The winner will be announced in in early 2021. We will also be deferring the winner’s lecture in the Cash Room to early 2021, conditions permitting.