2019 Ferguson Prize - Society for the History of Technology
The Eugene S. Ferguson Prize is awarded biennially by SHOT for an outstanding and original reference work that supports future scholarship in the history of technology. The Ferguson Prize recognizes work that is in the tradition of scholarly excellence established by Eugene S. Ferguson (1916-2004), SHOT’s pioneering bibliographer, a founding member of the Society (President, 1977-1978; da Vinci Medalist, 1977), museum curator and exhibit catalog author, editor, annotator, university professor, and scholar of the history of engineering and technology. The prize consists of a plaque and a cash award.
Reflecting the scope of Eugene Ferguson’s contributions to the history of technology, submissions and nominations for the following types of reference and scholarly works and tools will be considered for the Ferguson Prize:
- Biographical dictionaries
- Critical editions of primary source materials in English
- Exhibition catalogues
- Guides to the field of the history of technology
- Historical dictionaries and encyclopedias
- Subject guides to archival repositories and library sources
- Topical atlases
- Translated works (into English) with substantial annotation and other scholarly apparatus
- Permanent works that extend beyond the printed text, including other media, such as CDs, World Wide Web sites, and electronic databases and digital tools.
Works that extend beyond the printed text should exhibit a degree of permanence similar to that of books, keeping in mind that the principal criterion of “support [of] future scholarship.”
In light of Eugene Ferguson’s noteworthy contributions to our understanding of visual thinking and visual display, nominations of works that demonstrate commitment to and achievement of nonverbal knowledge generation and transmission are especially encouraged.
Works published in the four calendar years prior to the year of the award are eligible for consideration. Publication date shall be interpreted as the year in which the work to be considered first appeared (i.e., first edition, first issuance, first availability, first uploading to the World Wide Web, etc.)
All works considered must be in English.