Nelson R. Burr Prize
Each year the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church awards the Nelson R. Burr Prize to the author of the most outstanding article in the last published volume of the Society's quarterly journal, Anglican and Episcopal History. It also honors that which best exemplifies excellence and innovative scholarship in the field of Anglican and Episcopal history. The award began in 1979 to award the best student essay in American Episcopal History. The criteria were changed in 1995 to those of the current award.
This prize honors the renowned scholar whose two-volume A Critical Bibliography of Religion in America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1961) and other bibliographic works constitute landmarks in the field of religious historiography (biography, bottom of page). The award includes a modest cash prize.
Additional information about award recipients may be found here.
|2022||The Rev. Dr. Benjamin King||Church, Cotton, and Confederates: What Bishop Charles Todd Quintard’s Fundraising Trips to Great Britain Reveal About Some Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Catholics|
|2021||Alan L. Hayes||The Elusive Goal The Commitment to Indigenous Self-Determination in the Anglican Church of Canada 1967–2020 AEH 2020V89N3|
|2020||Jonathan S. Lofft||X Marks the Spot: the Cult of St. Alban the Martyr and the Hagiotoponymy of Imperial Anglicanism in Canada, 1865-1921|
|2019||Stephen L. Longenecker||Randolph H. McKim: Lost Cause Conservative, Episcopal Liberal|
|2018||Emilie Amt||Down from the Balcony: African Americans and Episcopal Congregations in Washington County, Maryland, 1800-1864|
|2017||Daniel Handschy||Samuel Seabury’s Eucharistic Ecclesiology: Ecclesial Implications of a Sacrificial Eucharist|
|2016||Andrew M. Koke||Communication in an Anglican Empire: Edmund Gibson and his Commissaries: 1723-1748|
|2015||Tim Vivian||Wake the Devil from His Dream: Thomas Dudley, Quincy Ewing, Religion, and the 'Race Problem' in the Jim Crow South|
|2014||J. Michael Utzinger||The Tragedy of Prince Edward: The Religious Turn and the Destabilization of One Parish's Resistance to Integration, 1963-1965|
John N. Wall &
Zola M. Packman
|Worship at Trinity Chapel, Lincoln Inn, London, 22 May 1623|
|2012||Jacob M. Blosser||John Tillotson’s Latitudinarian Legacy: Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and the Pursuit of Happiness|
|2011||Karen A. Keely||’Let the Children Have Their Part’: The Young Christian Soldier and the Domestic Missionary Army|
|2008||William C. Barnhart||Anglican Volunteerism, Ecclesiastical Politics, and the Bath Church Missionary Association Controversy, 1817-1818|
|2007||Nicholas M. Beasley||Domestic Rituals: Marriage and Baptism in the British Plantation Colonies, 1650-1780|
Harvey Hill and
|In Christ There is No Gay or Straight?: Homosexuality in the Episcopal Church.|
|Joan R. Gundersen||Building An Episcopal Church in a Lutheran Town: Women and the Founding of St. John's Episcopal Church, Mt. Prospect|
|Peter Iver Kaufman||Putting Elizabethan Puritans in 'The New Paradigm'|
|2004||Scott A. Wenig||John Jewel and the Reformation of the Diocese of Salisbury, 1560-1571|
|2003||Craig D. Townsend||Episcopalians and Race in New York City's Anti-Abolitionist Riots of 1834:The Case of Peter Williams and Benjamin Onderdonk|
|The Best School for Blacks in the State': St. Mark's Academic and Industrial School, Birmingham, Alabama, 1892-1940|
|2001||Stephen L. White||Two Bishops of Liberia: Race and Mission at the Dawn the Twentieth Century|
|2000||Kara M. McClurken||For Love of God and Country: Bishop Charles Mcllvaine's Mission to England|
|1999||Ken R. MacMillan||Zurich Reform and the Elizabethan Settlement of 1559|
|1998||John W. Houghton||No Bishop, No Queen: Queens Regnant and the Ordination of Women|
|1997||Edward L. Bond||England's Soteriology of Empire and the Roots of Colonial Identity in Early Virginia|
|1996||Mark S. Nestlehutt||"Anglicans in Greece: The Episcopal Mission and the English Chaplaincy at Athens|
|1995||Gardiner H. Shattuck, Jr.||Serving God in the World: Theology and Civil Rights Activism in the Episcopal Church, 1958-1978|
|1981||Joel L. Alvins, Jr.||Racial Turmoil and Religious Reaction: The Rt. Rev. John M. Allin in Mississippi|
Dr. Nelson R. "Nellie" Burr died January 10, 1994. As a graduate of Hartford H.S. in Connecticut, he attended Princeton, University where he was Phi Beta Kappa and earned a degree in history. He was the class historian of the class of 1927. He then earned an M.A. in history at Princeton Graduate School and taught English history for several years at New York University. In 1934, he returned to Princeton to earn a Ph.D. in history. His thesis was entitled "Education in N.J." and published in 1942 by the Princeton University Press.
That same year, he joined the staff of the Library of Congress in Washington, working in its Office of Exhibits. Among his voluminous publications are The Story of the Episcopal Church in the United States (1936), , The story of a country parish : a history of Saint Andrews, North Bloomfield, Conn. : formerly Saint Andrews, Simsbury (1940), A Critical Bibliography of Religion in America (1961), First American diocese: Connecticut, its origin, its growth, its work (1970), Mission: 1821-1971. An essay to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church of the United States (1971), United States Senator James Dixon, 1814-1873 : Episcopalian anti-slavery statesman (1981), and many others.
Retiring in 1968, he moved to West Hartford, becoming a trustee of the Noah Webster Foundation and town historian, and writing articles for historical magazines on Connecticut history. He was an active member of the Church Historical Society and its successor, the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, serving on its board. He was one of the founding members of the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists in 1961.
"Nellie" was a lifelong bachelor and left no immediate survivors.
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