First awarded in 1983, the New England Archivists Richard W. Hale, Jr. Professional Development Award of up to $1,000 is given annually to promote the professional development of archivists in the region. This award honors Dr. Richard W. Hale, Jr., who was Archivist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1961 to 1976 and a founding member of NEA.
Completed applications are due by February 15th. Applications are reviewed and the recipient chosen by the Hale Award Committee. Applicants are informed of the Committee’s decision no later than March 1st. Upon completion of the proposed activity, the recipient will submit a report on the project to the NEA Newsletter and/or will present at the next annual NEA Spring Meeting.
This award is open to individual and lifetime NEA members in good standing; the membership status of applicants will be verified by the Membership Secretary. Applications submitted by collaborating individuals are welcome. Institutional members are not eligible to apply. Individual members may not apply with the goal of furthering an institution or corporation.
Recipients cannot receive the award in more than one consecutive award cycle; therefore, the recipient from the previous award cycle is not eligible.
Elected board members are not eligible for the award during their terms in office and for one year after they leave the board.
Members of the Hale Award Committee are not eligible for the award during the application cycle in which they serve.
The application period begins in December, and completed applications are due by February 15th. Each applicant is permitted to submit only one application for the Richard W. Hale, Jr. Professional Development Award per award cycle; however, applicants may apply for other awards or scholarships in the same award cycle.
Applicants may propose participating in or instructing an educational program or workshop, preparing a paper for publication or presentation, attending a professional meeting (at any time during the calendar year in which the award is made), or any other activity promoting professional development. The award cannot be used to purchase supplies or equipment.
Upon completion of the proposed activity, the recipient will submit a report on the project to the NEA Newsletter and/or will present at the annual NEA Spring Meeting.
Submit complete applications to RepAtLarge@newenglandarchivists.org with “Richard W. Hale, Jr. Professional Development Award Application” in the subject line.
Complete nominations will consist of:
Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
Application Review and Recipient Selection
One recipient can be chosen to receive this award each award cycle. The recipient of this award will be chosen on the merit of their application.
Applicants found not to be in good standing will be asked to renew their membership in order for their application to be considered. If membership is not renewed by a deadline set by the Hale Award Committee, the application will not be considered.
A simple majority vote of the Hale Award Committee will determine the recipient. Votes are submitted by Committee members privately to the Committee Chair, who compiles them and provides the Committee with the results. In the case of a tie, the President will cast the deciding vote.
If the Committee does not select a recipient from the applicants, or in the absence of applications, the award will not be made.
Applications for the Hale Professional Development Award will be considered independently from any other applications submitted by the same applicant to other NEA awards during the same award cycle.
The NEA Treasurer will present a check for the total amount of the award to the recipient at the Award Ceremony at the Spring Meeting (or will mail the check to the recipient if the recipient is unable to attend the Spring Meeting). In the case of a joint application, collaborators should select one individual to serve as the award check recipient. It is the responsibility of the collaborators to divide funds among themselves according to their needs.
Funds can only be used toward expenses specified in the application.
Hale Award Committee
Applications are reviewed and recipients are chosen by the Hale Award Committee, which is appointed by the Executive Board annually prior to the start of the application period. The Committee is made up of:
In selecting the members of the Committee, the Chair should strive to create a committee that is diverse and inclusive, reflecting a range of tenure in the profession and NEA, geographical representation, gender, and professional practice.
Hale Award Committee files, including applications, are stored on NEA’s content management system and managed in accordance with the NEA Record Schedule.
Questions? Feedback? Contact the Representatives-at-Large at RepAtLarge@newenglandarchivists.org.