ALA Awards

Abraham Lincoln Association Awards: Logan Hay Medal

The Logan Hay Medal

The Logan Hay Medal recognizes individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the mission of the Abraham Lincoln Association: to observe each anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln; to preserve and make more accessible the landmarks associated with his life; and to actively encourage, promote, and aid the collection and dissemination of authentic information regarding all phases of his life and career.

The award was established in 1967 by the ALA and Logan Hay descendants in honor of Logan Hay, an important figure in the ALA’s formation. By tradition, members of the Hay family offer input on selection of the recipient. The bronze medal is awarded infrequently and is the highest honor given by the ALA.

Mary Shepherd - 2021

Lewis Lehrman - 2018

Robert J. Lenz - 2016

Richard E. Hart - 2011

Earl W. Henderson, Jr. - 2010

Molly M. Becker - 2009

Robert S. Eckley - 2008

Georgia Northrup - 2008

Thomas F. Schwartz - 2002

Cullom Davis - 2000

Don E. Fehrenbacher - 1989

Richard N. Current - 1989

Floyd S. Barringer, M.D. - 1984

Paul Findley - 1972

Nelson O. Howarth - 1971

George W. Bunn Jr. - 1969

Oliver J. Keller - 1968

Otto Kerner - 1967

The Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize

The Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize recognizes and encourages young scholars to conduct research on Abraham Lincoln and his times. The Abraham Lincoln Institute and the Abraham Lincoln Association select the recipients and underwrite the annual prize of $1,000. The first year, both organizations selected recipients. The award alternates between each organization from year to year. A panel of five scholars representing each entity serves as the jury.

Ian Todd Iverson - 2022

“Moderate Men and Conservative Influences: Illinois and the Politics of Union, 1854-1861” (University of Virginia, 2022)

Robert O. Faith - 2020

“‘This Despotic and Arbitrary Power’: British Diplomacy and Resistance in the Habeas Corpus Controversy of the American Civil War” (University of Akron, deposited 2018), University of Akron.

Thomas D. Mackie Jr. - 2019

“A Shrine for President Lincoln: An Analysis of Lincoln Museums and Historic Sites, 1816-2015,” Western Michigan University.

Zachery A. Fry - 2018

“Lincoln’s Divided Legion: Loyalty and Political Culture of the Army of the Potomac 1861-1865,” Ohio State University.

Mark A. Neels - 2017

“Lincoln’s Conservatives: Conservative Unionism and Political Tradition in the Civil War Era,” Southern Illinois University.

Thomas J. Kernan - 2016

“Sounding ‘The Mystic Chords of Memory’: Musical Memorials for Abraham Lincoln, 1865-2009,” The University of Cincinnati.

Sarah Bischoff Paulus - 2015

“Abraham Lincoln’s Northwestern Apporach to the Secession Crisis,” Rice University.

Kimberly N. Kutz - 2014

“Lincoln’s Ghosts: The Posthumous Career of an American Icon,” The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Jarod Peatman - 2013

“The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address,” Texas A&M University. The dissertation was then published as The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013).

Cynthia Nicoletti - 2012

“The Great Question of War: The Legal Status of Secession in the Aftermath of the American Civil War, 1865-1869,” University of Virginia.

John Barr - 2011

“The Anti-Lincoln Tradition in American Life,” The University of Houston. The dissertation was then published as Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present (Louisiana State University Press, 2014).

Jonathan W. White - 2010

“‘To Aid Their Rebel Friends’: Politics and Treason in the Civil War North,” University of Maryland at College Park. The dissertation was then published as Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (Louisiana State University Press, 2011).

Robert J. Johnson, Jr. - 2009

“Trial by Fire: Abraham Lincoln and the Law,” CUNY Graduate School and University Center.

Russell McClintock - 2007

“Shall it be Peace or a Sword? Northern Political Culture and the Crisis of Secession, 1860-1861,” Clark University. The dissertation was then published as Lincoln and the Decision for War: The Northern Response to Secession (University of North Carolina Press, 2008).

David Work - 2006

“Lincoln’s Political Generals,” Texas A & M University. The dissertation was then published as Lincoln’s Political Generals (University of Illinois Press, 2009).

Jennifer Weber - 2005

“The Civil War and Northern Society,” Princeton University. The dissertation was then published as Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Matthew Parks - 2004

Matthew Parks, “Self-Evident No More: American Political Thought, 1820-1850,” Boston University.

Graham A. Peck - 2003

“The Social and Cultural Origins of Sectional Politics: Illinois from Statehood to Civil War,” Northwestern University.

Brian Dirck - 2002

“Mystic Chords: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, American Imagined Community, 1808-1860,” University of Kansas. Books: Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865 (2001), Waging War on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents (On Trial) (2003).

Stewart Winger - 2001

“Lincoln’s Religious Rhetoric: American Romanticism and the Antislavery Impulse,” University of Chicago. Book: Lincoln, Religion, and Romantic Cultural Politics (2003).

Deren Kellogg - 2001

“The Lincoln Administration and the Southwestern Territories,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lincoln The Lawyer Award

The Lincoln the Lawyer Award recognizes individuals who reflect the character and ideals of Abraham Lincoln in their legal careers. The award is given infrequently.

James A. Lewis - 2022

Tim Bertschy (2020)

Floyd Abrams - 2019

Thomas S. Johnson - 2017

Richard L. Thies - 2015

Hon. Frank J. Williams - 2010

Elmer Gertz - 2000

Joseph H. Hartzler - 1998

Hon. Richard Mills - 1992

John P. Frank - 1991

Hon. Harlington Wood Jr. - 1990

Hon. John B. Hannum - 1989

Hon. James R. Thompson - 1987

Hon. Robert C. Underwood - 1986

Hon. Abraham Lincoln Marovitz - 1985

The Spirit of Lincoln Award

The Spirit of Lincoln Award recognizes individuals who have displayed the spirit of Abraham Lincoln in their professional careers for the betterment of humanity. The award itself is a bust of Abraham Lincoln by Illinois sculptor John McClarey specifically created for this award.

President Lincoln and his administration were the force behind many laws that Americans still feel the effects of today. The fact that he worked to improve the lives of Americans through legislation while serving as commander-in-chief during the Civil War inspired a committee of the ALA board members to create this annual award.

“His administration gave us several gifts which we still enjoy today,” said Dr. Wayne Temple, Distinguished Director of the ALA and Chief Deputy Director of the Illinois State Archives. “The Morrill Act gave federal lands to the States so that they might create land -grant colleges or universities one in each state. The National Bank Act improved banking. The Pacific Highway Act brought about the transcontinental railroad. The Homestead Act opened up the great West for settlement to those without large financial means.”


Randall T. Shepard, former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.


ALA Spirit of Lincoln Award 2018
Dr. Rodney Davis and Dr. Douglas Wilson, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois; editors of the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center Series; and the co-editors of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The Lincoln Studies Center Edition, Herndon’s Lincoln, and Herndon’s Informants.


ALA Spirit of Lincoln Award 2016
Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, in memory of her parents.


ALA Spirit of Lincoln Award 2015
Rita B. Garman, former chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes scholars who have made a significant impact on the field of Lincoln studies.

Wayne Temple (2020)

Dr. Wayne C. Temple is an internationally recognized authority on Abraham Lincoln. Virtually all researchers in the field of Lincoln history have availed themselves of his knowledge. He is among 30 individuals, from around the world, honored with a special Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial edition of the Order of Lincoln – the highest honor that can be awarded by the State of Illinois. Temple has held many positions, including: Curator Ethnohistory at the Illinois State Museum; Editor-in-Chief of the Lincoln Herald – the only quarterly journal on Abraham Lincoln in the world and the oldest such Lincoln publication, starting in 1897; Secretary-Treasurer of the National Lincoln-Civil War Council; Memorial Bibliography committee for Lincoln Lore; Editorial Advisory Board for the American Biographical Institute; Board of Governors for the St. Louis Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children; and Trustee Regent for the Lincoln Academy. He also served as the Chief Deputy Director of the Illinois State Archives. He is a life fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, among many other organizations. Temple served under Eisenhower in Europe during World War II. He received a B.S. in Engineering, and an M.A. and a PhD. in history from the University of Illinois, where he was a research assistant to Prof. J.G. Randall, “Dean of the Lincoln Scholars.” He then earned his A.M. and Ph.D degrees under the direction of Prof. Randall and Prof. Richard N. Current. Among his books on the 16th President are Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet and By Square and Compass: Saga of the Lincoln Home.