The National Archives is known worldwide as a treasure chest of genealogical information. Each year, millions of people use Federal records in the National Archives to search for their family roots. Census schedules, ship passenger arrival lists, citizenship papers, military pension files, land patents, and court records offer detailed evidence to flesh out family histories. This competition provides an opportunity for students to share their research "treasures" with the public.
The awards are $1,000 for first place; $500 for second place. Winning articles may be published in Prologue, the quarterly magazine of the National Archives, and/or on the National Archives web site.
To be eligible, an applicant must be either an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning; have completed at least one semester; and have not yet advanced to candidacy, if in a Ph.D. program. An applicant does not have to be an American citizen, but must be attending an American college or university. Permanent National Archives employees are not eligible.
Awards will be announced at the National Archives annual Genealogy Fair on April 22, 2009.
An original, unpublished work (1,000-3,000 words) must demonstrate the use of National Archives holdings for genealogical research. It must be typed, include a works-cited page or bibliography; end notes suggested but not required. A cover sheet must include the author's name and contact details, enrollment proof at an accredited academic institution and signed permission for the publishing of the article.
Applications should be delivered (in-person, e-mail or regular mail) by 5pm EST, March 1, 2009 or postmarked by February 25, 2009, to:
Director, Customer Services Division
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408
For more details about the awards or applications, email KYR@nara.gov.