Arline Custer Memorial Award

Due Date: 07-31-2021

The Arline Custer Memorial Award is presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee. This award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909–75), a MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region—the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Works under consideration may include monographs, popular narratives, reference works, and exhibition catalogs using archival sources. Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.

Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well researched using available sources. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well written, and organized. Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text. Preference will be given to works by archivists.

Up to three awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200 for books and $100 for articles. The 2021 award(s) may be announced at a fall 2021 MARAC business meeting or distributed to MARAC members through another means.

Electronic Submission Instructions
Please send a PDF of the entirety of the work, along with a PDF of a letter of nomination, to

Physical Submission Instructions
Please send two physical copies of each submission, with a letter of nomination, to Brigette Kamsler. Write to Kamsler at for the mailing address.

Entries must be received by 31 July 2021. For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site: