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Crittenden Award

by Jerry C. Cashion, 2006

See also: Literary Awards

Photo of Dr. Christopher Crittenden, Director of the State Dept. Of Archives & History, Summer, 1952. Studio Portrait.The Christopher Crittenden Memorial Award was established in 1969 by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association in memory of C. Christopher Crittenden, longtime secretary-treasurer of the association and director of the State Department of Archives and History from 1935 to 1968. The annual award is presented to a person, organization, institution, or corporate body engaged in the study, writing, teaching, publication, preservation, restoration, or dissemination of knowledge pertaining to North Carolina history. The major criterion for the award is "adjudged performance in the advancement of North Carolina history."

The Crittenden Award committee consists of the president and immediate past president of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, as well as one member elected by the executive committee of the association. The director of the Office of Archives and History serves as an ex officio member.

Crittenden Award Recipients
1970 Hugh T. Lefler
1971 Gertrude S. Carraway
1972 William S. Powell
1973 John E. Tyler
1974 Old Salem
1975 Fletcher M. Green
1976 Joye Jordan
1977 H. G. Jones
1978 John Fries Blair
1979 no award given
1980 Hugh F. Rankin
1981 Memory F. Mitchell and Thornton W. Mitchell
1982 Henry Stroupe
1983 T. Harry Gatton
1984 David Stick
1985 Harley E. Jolley
1986 Guion Griffis Johnson
1987 Lindsay C. Warren Jr.
1988 Robert F. Durden
1989 Robert D. Douglas Jr.
1990 Mattie Erma Edwards Parker
1991 George E. London
1992 William N. Still
1993 Burton F. Beers
1994 Max R. Williams
1995 William S. Price Jr.
1996 Joseph F. Steelman and Lala Carr Steelman
1997 John L. Sanders
1998 Alan D. Watson
1999 Jerry C. Cashion
2000 Alexander R. Stoesen
2001 W. Keats Sparrow
2002 Willis P. Whichard
2003 Catherine Bishir and Michael Southern
2004 Holley Mack Bell and Clara Bond Bell
2005 Lindley S. Butler

Additional Resources:

North Carolina Office of Archives & History. Awards. 2012.

Jones, H.G. "In Light of History" The Times-News of Hendersonville, N.C. November 1, 1979.

Image Credits:

North Carolina State Dept. Of Archives and History. "PHOTOGRAPH Accession #: H.1953.54.1." 1952. From the North Carolina Museum of History.