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The Caroline Bancroft History Prize

Past Award Winning Books

Past Honor Books


The Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library awards the Caroline Bancroft Prize annually. According to the terms of the will of the late Caroline Bancroft, provision is made for an annual prize "to be awarded to the author of the best book on Colorado or Western American History published during the current year, to be known as the Caroline Bancroft History Prize." The 2017 prize will be in the amount of $1,000. Honor books may be named but will not receive a monetary prize.

The competition is open to all United States and foreign citizens, except those persons directly affiliated with the Denver Public Library as current employees, volunteers, or Library Commission members. The winner of the 2017 prize will be announced in the fall of 2017.

Only books published in 2016 will be considered for the 2017 prize. Books published in 2017 will be considered for the 2018 prize.

"Colorado or Western American History" is defined geographically as being inclusive of the trans-Mississippi West from prehistoric times to the present. This includes all states west of the Mississippi River, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Canadian and Mexican borderlands.

In defining the term "best book," the staff of the Western History and Genealogy Department will consider books that make significant contribution to historical knowledge, that present thorough and original research, that bring a new perspective to some well-known question, and that are of a high literary quality. The winning book/author will be selected by employees of the Western History and Genealogy Department and the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library.

Publishers and authors can submit entries to:

The Caroline Bancroft Prize
Western History and Genealogy Department,
Denver Public Library
10 West Fourteenth Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

preferably as soon as they are published, but not later than May 1, 2017. The Denver Public Library requests two copies of each book along with a letter that states that they are for the Caroline Bancroft Prize competition so that the Library can send an acknowledgement. All submitted copies will become property of the Denver Public Library.

Questions regarding the process used by the Library for prize selection can be addressed to:

Jim Kroll, Manager of the Western History and Genealogy Department,