The Hagley Prize in Business History

Hagley Prize MedalThis prize is for the best book in business history (broadly defined) and consists of a medallion and $2,500, which are presented at the annual meeting of the BHC. Given the nature of the award's funding and establishment (through the generosity of the Hagley Museum and Library of Wilmington, Delaware, one of the nation's most significant research libraries dedicated to the history of business), the Grants and Prizes Committee will advise the Hagley representative and the BHC President about who would be a suitable person to serve as the third member of the three-person selection committee. The award committee encourages the submission of books from all methodological perspectives. It is particularly interested in innovative studies that have the potential to expand the boundaries of the discipline. Scholars, publishers, and other interested parties may submit nominations. Eligible books can have either an American or international focus. They must be written in English and published during the two years prior to the award. Four copies of a book must accompany a nomination and must be submitted to the Prize Coordinator, Carol Ressler Lockman, Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630, 298 Buck Road, Wilmington DE 19807-0630 USA. Email: The submission deadline is November 30.


2017 Recipient

Destructive CreationMark R. Wilson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Destructive Creation: American Business and the Winning of World War II
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016





2016 Co-Recipients

FaxedJonathan Coopersmith, Texas A&M University
Faxed: The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine
John Hopkins University Press, 2016




Main Street to MallVicki Howard, Hartwick College
From Main Street to Mall:  The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015




2015 Recipient

Walter Friedman, Harvard Business School
Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters
Princeton University Press, 2013




2014 Co-Recipients

DAnastakis book jacketimitry Anastakis, Trent University
Autonomous State: The Epic Struggle for a Canadian Car Industry from OPEC to Free Trade
University of Toronto Press, 2013




BerRieger book jacketnhard Rieger, University College London
The People's Car: A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle
Harvard University Press, 2013





Miller book jacketMichael B. Miller, University of Miami
Europe and the Maritime World: A Twentieth Century History
Cambridge University Press, 2012





SMurphy book jacketharon Ann Murphy, Providence College
Investing in Life: Insurance in Antebellum America
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010





Lewis book jacketSusan Ingalls Lewis, SUNY-New Paltz
Unexceptional Women: Female Proprietors in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Albany, New York, 1830-1885
Ohio State University Press, 2009





Suisman book jacketDavid Suisman, University of Delaware
Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music
Harvard University Press, 2009





Martin book jacketAnn Smart Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Buying into the World of Goods: Early Consumers in Backcountry Virginia
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008





McCraw book jacketThomas K. McCraw, Harvard Business School [d. 2012]
Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction
Harvard University Press, 2007





McKenna book jacketChristopher McKenna, Said Business School, University of Oxford
The World's Newest Profession: Management Consulting in the Twentieth Century
Cambridge University Press, 2006





Laird book jacketPamela Walker Laird, University of Colorado Denver
Pull: Networking and Success since Benjamin Franklin
Harvard University Press, 2006




2005 Co-Recipients

Wilkins book jacketMira Wilkins, Florida International University
The History of Foreign Investment in the United States, 1914-1945
Harvard University Press, 2004




TKinney book jackethomas A. Kinney, Bluefield College
The Carriage Trade: Making Horse-Drawn Vehicles in America
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004





Klein book jacketJennifer Klein, Yale University
For All These Rights: Business, Labor, and the Shaping of America's Public-Private Welfare State
Princeton University Press, 2003





Crowston book jacketClare Haru Crowston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791
Duke University Press, 2001




2002 Co-Recipients

Wiesen book jacket

S. Jonathan Wiesen, Southern Illinois University
West German Industry and the Challenge of the Nazi Past, 1945-1955
University of North Carolina Press, 2001




GeFeldman book jacketrald D. Feldman, University of California, Berkeley [d. 2007]
Allianz and the German Insurance Business, 1933-1945
Cambridge University Press, 2001





RBlaszczyk book jacketegina Lee Blaszczyk, University of Leeds
Imagining Consumers: Design and Innovation from Wedgwood to Corning
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000 [out of print]





Burns book jacketKathryn Burns, University of North Carolina
Colonial Habits: Convents and the Spiritual Economy of Cuzco, Peru
Duke University Press, 1999





RMarchand book jacketoland Marchand, University of California Davis [d. 1997]
Creating the Corporate Soul: The Rise of Public Relations and Corporate Imagery in American Big Business
University of California Press, 1998