Barbara Wertheimer and Bernard Bellush Prizes in Labor History

This article originally appeared on the H-Net website in September, 2018.

The New York State Labor History Association is proud to announce that the 2017 Bernard Bellush Prize is being awarded to Erin Durham for her graduate essay, "Strike for Labor Rights: Prison Reform in Maryland During the Early Twentieth Century." A history graduate student at the University of Maryland, Durham's essay was very thoroughly researched and well-written. 

An abstract of these essays will be posted on the NYLHA website.


To recognize serious study in labor and work history among undergraduate students, the New York Labor History Association annually awards the Barbara Wertheimer Prize for the best research paper written during the previous academic year. Wertheimer was a leading labor educator and scholar.


The Bernard Bellush Prize recognizes outstanding scholarship by graduate students in labor and work history. Please do not submit a full dissertation. The Bellush Prize honors the contribution to labor history made by Bernie Bellush, as a scholar and as an activist.

Both the Bellush and Wertheimer Prize provide an award of $250 for the best research paper written during the 2018-2019 academic year. An abstract of each paper will be posted on the NYLHA website. Please encourage your graduate and undergraduate students to submit their work. Entries will be evaluated on the basis of scholarship and literary merit.

Entrants should send (email acceptable) one copy of their paper to:

 Brian Greenberg

18 Borden Street

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702



The deadline is June 15, 2019.