First awarded in 1990, the New England Archivists Distinguished Service Award is given annually to a nominee (an individual, institution, or group of individuals or institutions) dedicated to the promotion of New England Archivists’ objectives and who has made significant contributions to the profession, their institution, New England Archivists, or the archival community in New England.
Completed nominations are due by February 15th. Nominations are reviewed and the recipient chosen by the Archival Advocacy Award Committee. Applicants and nominees are informed of the Committee’s decision no later than March 1st.
This award may be given to any nominee (an individual, institution, or group of individuals or institutions), regardless of NEA membership status, but the recipient must be or have been active in New England for a significant portion of their career. Preference is given to nominees whose work has had a broad, long-term impact, such as service to NEA, educational or scholarly activities, or leadership. The nominees will be considered on the basis of their contributions across all of these categories or on the basis of exceptional contributions in one particular area.
Members of the Executive Board are not eligible to receive this award. Previous award recipients are not eligible in subsequent award cycles. However, an employee or member of an institutional recipient of the award is eligible for the award.
The Distinguished Service Award may be awarded posthumously.
The nomination period begins in December, and completed nominations are due by February 15th. Nominees may be nominated by more than one applicant.
Submit complete applications to RepAtLarge@newenglandarchivists.org with “Distinguished Service Award Nomination” in the subject line.
Complete nominations will consist of:
Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
The Distinguished Service Award Committee may solicit nominations for nominees it feels are deserving of the award.
Nominations may be resubmitted in subsequent award cycles if they are not voted upon favorably when first submitted.
Nomination 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 nominations. Preference is given to nominees whose work has had a broad, long-term impact, such as service to NEA, educational or scholarly activities, or leadership. The nominees will be considered on the basis of their contributions across all of these categories or on the basis of exceptional contributions in one particular area.
A simple majority vote of the Distinguished Service 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.
The Distinguished Service Award Committee may postpone voting on a nomination if additional information is required. In such cases, the Committee Chair will notify the nominator(s) that additional materials are needed. The Committee may only postpone the vote once. If requested by the Executive Board, the Committee Chair will report on the activity of the Committee to the Executive Board in a closed session.
If the Committee does not select a recipient from the nominations, or in the absence of nominations, the award will not be given.
Distinguished Service Award Committee
Nominations are reviewed and recipients are chosen by the Archival Advocacy 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.
Distinguished Service Award Committee files, including nominations, 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.