The Clinton Jackson Coley Book Award 

This Clinton Jackson Coley Award goes to the best book or pamphlet focusing on local historical concerns, including but not limited to the history of an Alabama community, town or county, or any institution therein (church, business, non-profit, etc.).

Works published since January 2016 are eligible, and those written by non-professional historians are welcome. The next award will be given at the Alabama Historical Association's annual meeting in Birmingham on April 13, 2018.

For more information on how to nominate a book or pamphlet for the Clinton Jackson Coley Award, click here. Nominations must be postmarked by December 31, 2017. Please send three copies of the work and a cover letter to:

Mike Bunn
Historic Blakely State Park
​P.O. Box 7279
Spanish Fort, AL 36577

For more information, contact Mike Bunn at

Previous recipients of the Clinton Jackson Coley Award:

John Sledge, The Mobile River​. Columbia: The University of South Carolina Press, 2015.

s Sanders Day, Diamonds in the Rough: A History of Alabama’s Cahaba Coal Field. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2013.


Mary Ann Neeley, The Works of Matthew Blue, Montgomery's First Historian. Montgomery: New South Books, 2010.


Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt. New York: New York University Press, 2009.


Gregory A. Waselkov, A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 2006.


Harvey H. Jackson, III, Inside Alabama: A Personal History of My State. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 2005.


Alan Grady, When Good Men Do Nothing: The Assassination of Albert Patterson. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 2003.


John Hayman with Clara Ruth Hayman, Judge of the Senate: Howell Heflin's Career of Politics and Principle, Montgomery, Ala.: NewSouth Books, 2001.


James R. Bennett, Tannehill and the Growthof the Alabama Iron Industry, McCalla, Ala., Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission, 1999.


John Hayman, Bitter Harvest: Richmond Flowers and the Civil Rights Revolution. Montgomery, Ala.: Blackbelt Press, 1996.


Leah Rawls Atkins, Nineteenth Century Club: Celebrating 100 Years of "Mutual Mental Improvement." Birmingham, Birmingham Publishing Company, 1995.


John B. Scott, Memories of the Mount, Montgomery, Ala., Black Belt Press, 1993.


Val. McGee. Claybank Memories: A History of Dale County, Alabama. Ozark, Ala.: Dale County Historical Society, 1989.

Henry DeLeon Southerland, Jr., and Jerry Elijah Brown. The Federal Road Through Georgia, the Creek Nation and Alabama, 1806-1836. Tuscaloosa, The University of Alabama Press, 1989.