2018 Call For Nominations - Jeanne Clarke Awards


The Jeanne Clarke Memorial local history award was established by the Prince George Public Library Board in 1985, in memory of Jeanne Clarke, a former board chair who served on the library board from 1978 to 1984. Jeanne Clarke was a founding member of the Prince George Public Library's Local History Committee, and played a key role in establishing the Prince George Public Library's local history collection.

The award recognizes the efforts of others in the area of local history. In 1993, the library board added a “publication” category to the award so that one or more people could be recognized for producing a work of local history in addition to those recognized for their service in local history. The award is presented at the Prince George Public Library Board's local history reception during Heritage Week each February.



The Prince George Public Library is seeking nominations for the 2018 Jeanne Clarke Local History Awards.

Nomination letters must:

  1. Clearly identify the nominee,
  2. Cearly identify the category they are being nominated
  3. Make a compelling case on behalf of the nominee for why their service or publication deserves to receive the Jeanne Clarke Award.

Nominators must include their name and contact information, as well as the name and contact information of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 5 p.m. Nominations can be emailed to outreach@pgpl.ca, faxed to the attention of Darcie Smith, Community Outreach Librarian at 250-563-0892, or mailed to 888 Canada Games Way, Prince George, B.C., V2L 5T6.



The award is presented to an individual or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of local history. An award may be presented in the following categories:

Service award: for an outstanding contribution to the field of local history

Publication award: for a recently published work that includes significant content contributing to local history

Academic works of non-fiction meet the criteria for the Publication Award, but so do works of historical fiction, biographies or any publication that improves the appreciation and understanding of local history.

While an effort is made to award recipients in both categories on an annual basis, the award(s) may be presented on a more frequent or less frequent basis at the discretion of the Library Board.
For purposes of this award, local history is broadly defined to include all of Northern B.C. which is considered to be north of Williams Lake and between the Alberta border and the Pacific Coast, so historical work with a regional focus is eligible for recognition.