The Bell Award, established in 1992, is the highest publication award given by the Georgia Historical Society. It recognizes the best book on Georgia history published in the previous year. The award is named in honor of Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell in recognition of their contributions to the recording of Georgia’s history.
The Hawes Award, established in 1993, is given for the best book in Georgia county or local history published during the previous year. The award is named in honor of Lilla M. Hawes, GHS Director from 1948 to 1976.
The Coulter Award is given for the best article to appear in the Georgia Historical Quarterly in the previous year. The Coulter Award was established in 1973 in honor of E. Merton Coulter, editor of the Quarterly for fifty years. The Coulter Award is presented annually in the Spring.
This award was established in 1980 for the best article published by a student (full-time student at the time of the article’s submission) in The Georgia Historical Quarterly in the previous two years. The award honors William Bacon Stevens, one of Georgia’s premier historians and a founder of the Society. The award is given every other year.