Sharon Ritenour Stevens Prize Competition

Carol DeBoer-Langworthy's picture
November 15, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Archival Science, Biography, Military History, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) invites applications for its annual prize to documentary editors, writers, scholars, or students at midpoint of a project heavily dependent on document sources and editing. Preference is given to projects on women in uniformed military service or in various support services (such as the USO) or on the home front during wartime. Advanced students, scholars (including independent scholars) and editors may apply. The prize includes $1,000 toward a recipient's access to sources, $500 toward presentation of the prizewinner's work at the annual meeting of the ADE, and a year's membership in the organization. Given current constraints on travel, applicants may use the prize for alternative modes of research. Winners are required to report on their work in person or virtually at ADE's annual scholarly conference.

The prize was established in 2019 to honor the life and work of Sharon Ritenour Stevens (1950-2013), Associate Editor of the Papers of George Catlett Marshall and whose planned biography of Lt. Col. Susanna P. Turner, a protege of Marshall and a member of the first Officers Candidate School for the Women's Army Corps (WACs) in 1942, went unfulfilled.

Our goal is to assist researchers working on

- uniformed women's roles in military conflict, declared or undeclared

- women's history

- military history.

A submission packet will comprise, as Word documents:

- One-page application letter describing the project's significance, the applicant's status (student? independent scholar? continent/contract faculty? retired?) and a summary of the planned use of documents in the project.

- Two-page statement about the research and documents under consideration

- Three-page (maximum) curriculum vitae

- Letter of recommendation from a primary doctoral advisor or other person involved in project oversight or publication.

All documents should be double-spaced except for the letter, which may be single-spaced.

Deadline for submissions is 15 November 2021. The winner will be announced in mid-January 2022.

Queries may be sent to




Contact Info: 

Carol DeBoer-Langworthy, PhD

Senior Lecturer in English

Brown University

Providence, RI 02912