The Norman Neuerburg Award ($500) honors the best book on California history that emphasizes the nineteenth century or earlier.
Born in Universal City, California, Norman Neuerburg was a scholar, teacher, and historical consultant for many of the California missions. After becoming the youngest tour guide of Mission San Fernando at age fifteen in 1941, he served in the Army artillery in Italy in World War II. Neuerburg subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in Greek from UCLA and a master’s and a doctoral degree from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. From 1955 to 1957, he was a Fellow in Classics at the American Academy in Rome. Neuerburg taught at numerous universities, including UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, Indiana University, and the National University of Mexico. From 1966 onward he taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills and retired in 1980, having been recognized as the institution’s Outstanding Professor in 1976. In addition to teaching and research, Neuerburg was a consultant to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and the Santa Barbara Trust for Historical Preservation, and he served as curator of Spanish colonial art for the Southwest Museum.
The 2018 Norman Neuerburg Award application is available here. Applications deadline: postmarked by August 1, 2018.
John Mack Faragher, Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017).
Benjamin Madley, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 (Yale University Press, 2017).
Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz, Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015).
Steve Hackel, Junípero Serra: California’s Founding Father (Hill and Wang, 2013).