The selection criteria specify that the Bancroft Prize honors books of enduring worth and impeccable scholarship that make a major contribution to understanding the American past. The competition is open to all persons, whether connected with Columbia University or not, and whether citizens of the United States or any other country. The prize will be formally announced in April 2005 at an annual dinner sponsored by Columbia University Libraries.
Frederic Bancroft, a Columbia alumnus, historian, and librarian, created the prize under the terms of his will. In establishing the award, Bancroft sought to support scholarly research in the field of American history and to recognize exceptional books in the field.
For more information on the Bancroft Prize guidelines and to review previous recipients, please see the website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eguides/amerihist/bancroft.html, or call 212-854-4746.
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