C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award

Members of the Finding Aids Award Committee shall also be responsible for awarding the C. Herbert Finch Award honoring online publications.

The C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award was established to honor the memory of C. Herbert Finch, former Assistant Director of Cornell University Libraries, who died on April 27, 2005.

Submission Guidelines for the C. Herbert Finch Award

The Finding Aids Award Committee will award a prize honoring online publications, including virtual exhibitions, web sites and web pages devoted to the promotion and use of archival materials, created by individuals or institutions in the MARAC region.

The Finding Aids Award Committee will accept submissions or nominations for the C. Herbert Finch Award. (Note: An online publication that is primarily a finding aid is not eligible for the Finch Award but may be nominated for the Finding Aids Award.)

Eligibility

To be eligible for the award, an online publication must have a stable Internet address and must have been published between July 1 and June 30.

Evaluation

 

The Committee encourages the submission of entries that use a variety of media. Submissions are judged on content, navigability, usability, functionality, and site design.

 

Award

 

One award will be given with a maximum value of $250.00. Award to be announced annually at the Fall Conference.

Submission of entries

 

Submissions must be received by July 31 of the year in which the award is to be given.

Submissions should be sent via e-mail to the Chair of the Finding Aids Award Committee. It should include the URL for each submission with a letter of nomination.

Submissions must be received by July 31.

Please send URLs for each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Finding Aids Award Committee:

Scott Ziegler
sziegler@amphilsoc.org


Award Winners

2015

Charles Hardy III, West Chester University, and Janneken Smucker, West Chester University

online exhibit: "Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia"

2014

Trevor Owens, Library of Congress

online exhibit: "Finding Our Place in the Cosmos"

2013

National Historical Publications and Records Commission

online exhibit: "Founders Online"

2012

Virginia Historical Society for “Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names.”

http://unknownnolonger.vahistorical.org/

Within the site are numerous scanned documents that collectively help tell the stories of African Americans who have lived in Virginia over the centuries.  The database seeks to lift from the obscurity of unpublished historical records as much biographical detail as remains of the enslaved Virginians named in those documents.

2011
Butler Library, Columbia University
online exhibit: "1968: Columbia in Crisis"

2010
Chester County Archives, Chester County, PA
online exhibit: "Researching Your Chester County Home"

2009
Newport News Public Library
online exhibit: "The Old Dominion Land Company and the Development of the City of Newport News"

2008
The National Library of Medicine
online exhibit: Profiles in Science: The Mary Lasker Papers

2007
Jessica Tanny, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo
online exhibit: Samuel P. Capen: University Man

2006
University of Virginia
online exhibit: Patients' Voices in Early 19th Century Virginia: Letters to Doct. James Carmichael & Son