Dartmouth Medal

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Dartmouth Medal
Awarded for A reference work of outstanding quality and significance
Country  United States
Presented by Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)
First awarded 1975
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The Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association is awarded annually to a reference work of outstanding quality and significance, published during the previous calendar year.


Dartmouth College sponsored the establishment of the award in 1974, acting on the recommendation of Dean Lathem, Dartmouth College librarian, who had noted that no special honor existed in the United States for distinguished achievement relating to the creation of works of reference resources centrally important to libraries and to the pursuit of learning. Dartmouth College gave the American Library Association complete control in making the award and commissioned the artist Rudolph Ruzicka to design an oval bronze medal that features Athena, goddess of wisdom.

Dartmouth Medal recipients

Year Award Editor-in-Chief Book title or other citation Publisher
2015 Dartmouth Medal Robert E. Buswell Jr. & Donald S. Lopez Jr. Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism Princeton University Press
2014 Dartmouth Medal Jonathan Kingdon, David Happold, Thomas Butynski, Michael Hoffmann, Meredith Happold, Jan Kalina Mammals of Africa Bloomsbury Natural History
2014 Honorable Mention International Encyclopedia of Ethics Wiley-Blackwell
2014 Honorable Mention Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions University of Illinois Press
2013 Dartmouth Medal Frederic G. Cassidy, and Joan Houston Hall, ed. Dictionary of American Regional English Belknap Press
2013 Honorable Mention Roger S. Bagnall, ed. Encyclopedia of Ancient History Wiley-Blackwell
2012 Dartmouth Medal Jonathon Green Green's Dictionary of Slang Chambers
2012 Honorable Mention Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Leonardo Morlino International Encyclopedia of Political Science Sage Reference in association with the International Political Science Association
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Statistical Abstract of the United States U.S. Department of Commerce
2011 Dartmouth Medal Joanne Bubolz Eicher Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and the online Berg Fashion Library Bloomsbury Publishing
2011 Honorable Mention David Eltis and David Richardson Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Yale University Press
2010 Dartmouth Medal David Forsythe Encyclopedia of Human Rights Oxford University Press
2010 Honorable Mention David Pong The Encyclopedia of Modern China Gale
2010 Honorable Mention Christopher Sterling The Encyclopedia of Journalism Sage Reference
2009 Dartmouth Medal Pop Culture Universe
(online database pop.greenwood.com)
Greenwood Publishing Group
2009 Honorable Mention Gershon David Hundert The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe Yale University Press
2008 Dartmouth Medal John B. Hattendorf Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History Oxford University Press
2007 Dartmouth Medal Fred Skolnik Encyclopaedia Judaica Thomson Gale
2007 Honorable Mention Susan B. Carter, et al. Historical Statistics of the United States: Earlier Times to the Present: Millennial Edition Cambridge University Press
2006 Dartmouth Medal Ian Aitken Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film Routledge / Taylor & Francis
2006 Honorable Mention Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States Oxford University Press
2005 Dartmouth Medal H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press
2004 Dartmouth Medal Solomon H. Katz Encyclopedia of Food and Culture Charles Scribner's Sons
2004 Honorable Mention S. Lillian Kremer Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work Routledge
2003 Dartmouth Medal Bruno Nettl and Ruth M. Stone; founding editors, James Porter and Timothy Rice Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Routledge
2002 Dartmouth Medal Donald B. Redford Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt Oxford University Press
2002 Honorable Mention Stanley Sadie; executive editor, John Tyrrell New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Grove's Dictionaries
2001 Dartmouth Medal Anne Commire Women in World History Gale Group
2001 Honorable Mention David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler Encyclopedia of the American Civil War ABC-CLIO
2001 Honorable Mention Jay A. Siegel Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences Academic Press
2000 Dartmouth Medal Paul F. Grendler Encyclopedia of the Renaissance Scribner's
2000 Honorable Mention John G. Webster Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Wiley
2000 Honorable Mention Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. International Dictionary of Black Composers Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
2000 Honorable Mention Alan Davidson Oxford Companion to Food Oxford University Press
1999 Dartmouth Medal John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes American National Biography Oxford University Press
1999 Honorable Mention Selma Jeanne Cohen International Encyclopedia of Dance Oxford University Press
1999 Honorable Mention Edward Craig Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Routledge
1999 Honorable Mention Saul B. Cohen Columbia Gazetteer of the World Columbia University Press
1998 Dartmouth Medal Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia Routledge
1998 Honorable Mention John Middleton Encyclopedia of Africa: South of the Sahara Charles Scribner's Sons
1998 Honorable Mention Ruth M. Stone Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Africa Garland
1998 Honorable Mention Encyclopedia Judaica on CD-ROM Judaica Multimedia
1997 Dartmouth Medal Jane Turner Dictionary of Art Macmillan Publishers
1997 Honorable Mention Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith, Cornel West Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History Macmillan Library Reference
1997 Honorable Mention The Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia for Students Charles Scribner's Sons
1997 Honorable Mention Barbara A. Tenenbaum Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture Charles Scribner’s Sons
1996 Dartmouth Medal Jack M. Sasson Civilizations of the Ancient Near East Macmillan / Charles Scribner's Sons
1996 Honorable Mention Warren Thomas Reich Encyclopedia of Bioethics Macmillan
1996 Honorable Mention Kenneth T. Jackson Encyclopedia of New York City Yale University Press
1995 Dartmouth Medal Leonard W. Levy, Louis Fisher Encyclopedia of the American Presidency Simon & Schuster
1995 Honorable Mention Kurt Gänzl Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre Schirmer Books
1994 Dartmouth Medal Darlene Clark Hine Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia Carlson Publishers
1994 Honorable Mention Mary Kupiec Cayton, Elliott J. Gorn, Peter W. Williams Encyclopedia of American Social History Charles Scribner's Sons
1993 Dartmouth Medal Edgar F. Borgatta Encyclopedia of Sociology Macmillan Publishers
1993 Honorable Mention Tom McArthur Oxford Companion to the English Language Oxford University Press
1992 Dartmouth Medal Robert J. Mason and Mark T. Mattson Atlas of United States Environmental Issues Macmillan Publishing
1992 Honorable Mention Eric Foner and John A. Garraty The Reader's Companion to American History Houghton Mifflin
1991 Dartmouth Medal Israel Gutman Encyclopedia of the Holocaust Macmillan Publishing
1991 Honorable Mention William H. Gerdts Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920 Abbeville Press
1990 Dartmouth Medal William Ferris Encyclopedia of Southern Culture University North Carolina Press
1990 Honorable Mention Joseph R. Strayer Dictionary of the Middle Ages Scribner
1989 Dartmouth Medal James Paul Allen and Eugene James Turner We the People: An Atlas of America's Diversity Macmillan Publishing
1988 Dartmouth Medal Mircea Eliade Encyclopedia of Religion Macmillan
1987 Dartmouth Medal Leonard W. Levy Encyclopedia of the American Constitution Macmillan Publishing
1986 Dartmouth Medal Torsten Husén and T. Neville Postlethwaite International Encyclopedia of Education: Research and Studies Pergamon Press
1985 Dartmouth Medal Wilsonline H. W. Wilson Company
1984 Dartmouth Medal Alastair Couper Times Atlas of the Oceans Van Nostrand Reinhold
1983 Dartmouth Medal (Congressional Information Service) "The body of its reference works which provide exceptional access to current and retrospective publications of the United States Government and to statistical publications from a wide variety of sources." (Congressional Information Service)
1982 Dartmouth Medal Stanley Sadie The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Grove’s Dictionaries of Music
1981 Dartmouth Medal Charles Coulston Gillispie Dictionary of Scientific Biography Scribner
1980 no award
1979 Dartmouth Medal Warren Reich Encyclopedia of Bioethics Free Press
1978 Dartmouth Medal Benjamin B. Wolman International Encyclopedia of Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Neurology Aesculapius Publishers by Van Nostrand Reinhold
1977 Dartmouth Medal Lester J. Cappon Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era, 1760-1790 Princeton University Press for the Newberry Library and the Institute of Early American History and Culture
1976 no award
1975 Dartmouth Medal (New England Board of Higher Education) "NASIC, Northeast Academic Science Information Center, a regional experiment in the brokerage of information services." (New England Board of Higher Education)


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