Homer D. Babbidge, Jr. Awards

For best book on a significant aspect of Connecticut’s history, or for excellent service to the Connecticut history community. Established 1985.


1986    David M. Roth for Connecticut History and Culture: An Historical Overview and Resource Guide for Teachers (presented posthumously).

1987    None awarded.

1988    Bruce C. Daniels for his “many contributions to the literature of Connecticut history.”

1989    None awarded.

1990    Roger Parks for Connecticut: A Bibliography of its History and New England.

1991    Connecticut Humanities Council for its sustained support of Connecticut history programs.

1992    Herbert F. Janick for his work as Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University, past president of ASCH, first president of the Danbury Preservation Trust, and author of numerous books, articles, and reviews.

1993    David Potts for his book, Wesleyan University, 1831-1910: Collegiate Enterprise in New England

1994    James Oliver and Janet C. Robertson for their book All Our Yesterdays: A Century of Family Life in an American Small Town

1995    Bruce M. Stave, John F. Sutherland, and Aldo Salerno, From the Old Country: An Oral History of European Migration to America (University Press of New England).

1996    Cornelia Hughes Dayton, Women Before the Bar: Gender, Law and Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789 (University of North Caroline Press).

1997    Mark Williams, Tempest in a Small Town: The Myth and Reality of Country Life, Granby, Connecticut, 1680-1940 (Salmon Brook Historical Society).

1998    James Kirby Martin, Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered (New York University Press).

1999    Lifetime Recognition to Estelle Feinstein (U. of Connecticut-Stamford) and to Freeman W.                      Meyer (U. of Connecticut-Hartford).

2000    Christopher Grasso for A Speaking Aristocracy Transforming Public Discourse in Eighteenth Century Connecticut; and Lisa Wilson (Connecticut College) for Ye Heart of a Man: the Domestic Life of Men in Colonial New England

2001    Dr. Thomas J. Farnham “as teacher, scholar, and historian who has given perspective to local developments by relating them to the national setting in books about Fairfield and Weston, in chapters of books about New Haven, and in various journal articles.”

2002    Cecelia Bucki, Bridgeport’s Socialist New Deal: 1915-36 (University of Illinois Press).

2003    Unclear.

2004    Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, Voices of the New Republic, 1800-1832 (Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences).

2005    Unclear.

2006    Nancy Hathaway Steenburg, Children and the Criminal Law in Connecticut, 1635-1855    (Routledge).

2007    Lifetime Recognition to Christopher Collier (U. of Connecticut).

2007    Bruce Stave, Red Brick in the Land of Steady Habits: Creating the University of Connecticut, 1881-2006 (University Press of New England).

2008    Connecticut State Library, Editor Douglas Arnold, Volumes XVIII and XIX Records of the State of Connecticut (State of Connecticut).

2009    Patricia M. Schaefer, A Useful Friend: A Companion to The Joshua Hempstead Diary, 1711-1758 (New London County Historical Society).

2010    Christopher Collier, The History of Public Education in Connecticut (Clear Water).

2011    Walter W. Woodward, Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 (University of North Carolina Press).

2012    Lawrence B. Goodheart, The Solemn Sentence of Death: Capital Punishment in Connecticut (University of Massachusetts Press).

2013    Marcus Rediker, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Viking).

2014    Allegra di Bonaventura, For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England (Liveright).

2015    John Demos, The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic (Alfred A. Knopf).

2016    David B. Potts, Wesleyan University, 1910-1970: Academic Ambition and Middle-Class America (Wesleyan University Press, 2015).