Dartmouth Medal


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 Medal
Awarded forA reference work of outstanding quality and significance
Country United States
Presented byReference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)
First awarded1975


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 recipientsEdit

Dartmouth Medal Recipients[1]
Year Award Editor-in-Chief Book title or other citation Publisher
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)
1976 no award
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
1978 Dartmouth Medal Benjamin B. Wolman International Encyclopedia of Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Neurology Aesculapius Publishers by Van Nostrand Reinhold
1979 Dartmouth Medal Warren Reich Encyclopedia of Bioethics Free Press
1980 no award
1981 Dartmouth Medal Charles Coulston Gillispie Dictionary of Scientific Biography Charles Scribner's Sons
1982 Dartmouth Medal Stanley Sadie The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Grove's Dictionaries of Music
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)
1984 Dartmouth Medal Alastair Couper Times Atlas of the Oceans Van Nostrand Reinhold
1985 Dartmouth Medal Wilsonline H. W. Wilson Company
1986 Dartmouth Medal Torsten Husén and T. Neville Postlethwaite International Encyclopedia of Education: Research and Studies Pergamon Press
1987 Dartmouth Medal Leonard W. Levy Encyclopedia of the American Constitution Macmillan Publishers
1988 Dartmouth Medal Mircea Eliade Encyclopedia of Religion Macmillan Publishers
1989 Dartmouth Medal James Paul Allen and Eugene James Turner We the People: An Atlas of America's Diversity Macmillan Publishers
1990 Dartmouth Medal Charles Reagan Wilson and William Ferris Encyclopedia of Southern Culture University North Carolina Press
Honorable Mention Joseph R. Strayer Dictionary of the Middle Ages Charles Scribner's Sons
1991 Dartmouth Medal Israel Gutman Encyclopedia of the Holocaust Macmillan Publishers
Honorable Mention William H. Gerdts Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920 Abbeville Press
1992 Dartmouth Medal Robert J. Mason and Mark T. Mattson Atlas of United States Environmental Issues Macmillan Publishers
Honorable Mention Eric Foner and John A. Garraty The Reader's Companion to American History Houghton Mifflin
1993 Dartmouth Medal Edgar F. Borgatta Encyclopedia of Sociology Macmillan Publishers
Honorable Mention Tom McArthur Oxford Companion to the English Language Oxford University Press
1994 Dartmouth Medal Darlene Clark Hine Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia Carlson Publishers
Honorable Mention Mary Kupiec Cayton, Elliott J. Gorn, Peter W. Williams Encyclopedia of American Social History Charles Scribner's Sons
1995 Dartmouth Medal Leonard W. Levy, Louis Fisher Encyclopedia of the American Presidency Simon & Schuster
Honorable Mention Kurt Gänzl Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre Schirmer Books
1996 Dartmouth Medal Jack M. Sasson Civilizations of the Ancient Near East Macmillan Publishers / Charles Scribner's Sons
Honorable Mention Warren Thomas Reich Encyclopedia of Bioethics Macmillan Publishers
Kenneth T. Jackson Encyclopedia of New York City Yale University Press
1997 Dartmouth Medal Jane Turner Dictionary of Art Macmillan Publishers
Honorable Mention Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith, Cornel West Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History Macmillan Library Reference
The Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia for Students Charles Scribner's Sons
Barbara A. Tenenbaum Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture Charles Scribner's Sons
1998 Dartmouth Medal Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia Routledge
Honorable Mention John Middleton Encyclopedia of Africa: South of the Sahara Charles Scribner's Sons
Ruth M. Stone Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Africa Garland Publishing
Encyclopedia Judaica on CD-ROM Judaica Multimedia
1999 Dartmouth Medal John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes American National Biography Oxford University Press
Honorable Mention Selma Jeanne Cohen International Encyclopedia of Dance Oxford University Press
Edward Craig Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Routledge
Saul B. Cohen Columbia Gazetteer of the World Columbia University Press
2000 Dartmouth Medal Paul F. Grendler Encyclopedia of the Renaissance Charles Scribner's Sons
Honorable Mention John G. Webster Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering John Wiley & Sons
Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. International Dictionary of Black Composers Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
Alan Davidson Oxford Companion to Food Oxford University Press
2001 Dartmouth Medal Anne Commire Women in World History Gale
Honorable Mention David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler Encyclopedia of the American Civil War ABC-CLIO
Jay A. Siegel Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences Academic Press
2002 Dartmouth Medal Donald B. Redford Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt Oxford University Press
Honorable Mention Stanley Sadie; executive editor, John Tyrrell New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Grove's Dictionaries of Music
2003 Dartmouth Medal Bruno Nettl and Ruth M. Stone; founding editors, James Porter and Timothy Rice Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Routledge
2004 Dartmouth Medal Solomon H. Katz Encyclopedia of Food and Culture Charles Scribner's Sons
Honorable Mention S. Lillian Kremer Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work Routledge
2005 Dartmouth Medal H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press
2006 Dartmouth Medal Ian Aitken Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film Routledge / Taylor & Francis
Honorable Mention Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States Oxford University Press
2007 Dartmouth Medal Fred Skolnik Encyclopaedia Judaica Gale
Honorable Mention Susan B. Carter, et al. Historical Statistics of the United States: Earlier Times to the Present: Millennial Edition Cambridge University Press
2008 Dartmouth Medal John B. Hattendorf Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History Oxford University Press
2009 Dartmouth Medal Pop Culture Universe
(online database pop.greenwood.com)
Greenwood Publishing Group
Honorable Mention Gershon David Hundert The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe Yale University Press
2010 Dartmouth Medal David Forsythe Encyclopedia of Human Rights Oxford University Press
Honorable Mention David Pong The Encyclopedia of Modern China Gale
Christopher Sterling The Encyclopedia of Journalism Sage Reference
2011 Dartmouth Medal Joanne Bubolz Eicher Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and the online Berg Fashion Library Bloomsbury Publishing
Honorable Mention David Eltis and David Richardson Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Yale University Press
2012 Dartmouth Medal Jonathon Green Green's Dictionary of Slang Chambers
Honorable Mention Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Leonardo Morlino International Encyclopedia of Political Science SAGE reference in association with the International Political Science Association
Lifetime Achievement Award Statistical Abstract of the United States U.S. Department of Commerce
2013 Dartmouth Medal Frederic G. Cassidy, and Joan Houston Hall, ed. Dictionary of American Regional English Belknap Press
Honorable Mention Roger S. Bagnall, ed. Encyclopedia of Ancient History Wiley-Blackwell
2014 Dartmouth Medal Jonathan Kingdon, David Happold, Thomas Butynski, Michael Hoffmann, Meredith Happold, Jan Kalina Mammals of Africa Bloomsbury Natural History
Honorable Mention International Encyclopedia of Ethics Wiley-Blackwell
Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions University of Illinois Press
2015 Dartmouth Medal Robert E. Buswell Jr. & Donald S. Lopez Jr. Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism Princeton University Press
2016 Dartmouth Medal Brent Strawn, editor-in-chief Winner: Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law Oxford University Press
Honorable Mention Thomas Riggs, editor Worldmark Global Business and Economy Issues Gale
2017 Dartmouth Medal Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World Bloomsbury Academic
Honorable Mention Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography Oxford University Press
2018 Dartmouth Medal Theodore Levin, Saida Daukeyeva, and Elmira Köchümkulova The Music of Central Asia Indiana University Press
Honorable Mention Douglas Richardson The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology Wiley-Blackwell and the American Association of Geographers
Andrea Carandini The Atlas of Ancient Rome Princeton University Press
2019 Dartmouth Medal Brian W. Coad and James D. Reist Marine Fishes of Arctic Canada University of Toronto Press
Honorable Mention Stephen Marshall Beetles: The Natural History and Diversity of Coleoptera Firefly Books
John Liontas TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching Wiley-Blackwell
2020 Dartmouth Medal Howard Chiang Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History Gale
Honorable Mention James E. Brunson, III Black Baseball, 1858-1900: A Comprehensive Record of the Teams, Players, Managers, Owners and Umpires McFarland
Thomas Couser and Susannah B. Mint Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives Gale
Murray Fraser Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture (21st ed.) Bloomsbury Publishing
2021 Dartmouth Medal Spencer C. Tucker The Cold War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection ABC-Clio
Honorable Mention Colleen Boyett, H. Micheal Tarver, and Mildred Diane Gleason Daily Life of Women: An Encyclopedia from Ancient Times to the Present Greenwood
Bob Gale, Pam Gale, and Ashby Gale A Beachcomber’s Guide to Fossils University of Georgia Press
Norman I. Platnick, Gustavo Hormiga, Peter Jäger, Rudy Jocqué, Norman I. Platnic, Martín J. Ramírez, and Robert J. Raven Spiders of the World: A Natural History Princeton University Press
2022[2] Dartmouth Medal David Wondrich with Noah Rothbaum The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails Oxford University Press
Honorable Mention Dictionary of Southern Appalachian English University of North Carolina Press
Habitats of the World: A Field Guide for Birders, Naturalists, and Ecologists Princeton University Press


  • American Library Association Reference and User Services Association[3]

External linksEdit

  • ALA RUSA Dartmouth Medal
  • American Library Association, Reference and Users Services Association
  1. ^ "Dartmouth Medal". RUSA Update. 2016-11-16. Archived from the original on 2021-07-09. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  2. ^ "Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference awarded to The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails". RUSA Update. 2022-01-23. Archived from the original on 2022-02-02. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  3. ^ "Dartmouth Medal". ALA.org. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.