The Virginia Van Der Veer Hamilton Award is given based upon contributions to Alabama history which encourage joint endeavors and mutual understanding among nonprofessional and professional historians.

2022 Virginia V. Hamilton Award


The Alabama Historical Association’s Virginia V. Hamilton Award honors contributions to Alabama history that promote an appreciation of and better understanding of Alabama history among the general public. The award is named in honor of preeminent Alabama historian Dr. Virginia Van deer Veer Hamilton.

Nomination packets should include the following:


1) Letter of nomination (not to exceed two pages) that outlines the nominee’s accomplishments;


2) Supporting materials and documentation of accomplishments;


3) Letters of support (not to exceed five). 


Nomination packets must be sent to the following committee chair by January 15, 2022.  Electronic submission is preferred.  


Laura Anderson

Alabama Humanities Alliance

1100 Ireland Way, #202

Birmingham, AL 35205


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2019: Frazine Taylor

2017: Mary Ann Neeley

2015: Elizabeth Wells

2013: Jim Baggett

2011: Virginia Pounds Brown

2009: Jay Lamar

2007: B.B. Comer Memorial Library, Sylacauga, Alabama

2005: Wayne Flynt

2003: Leah Rawls Atkins

2001: Mary Jane McDaniel and Lee Allen

1999: Hardy Jackson

1996: Robert Stewart

1993: Ed Bridges

1991: Michael Thomason