Since 1951, the Society has recognized books of merit that chronicle American history, life, and material culture by giving an Annual Award to the author of an outstanding work and a Citation to a second well-received book. The CDA also presents an award to a book written for Young Readers.


Books to be considered are required to be non-fiction, single-volume, and published during a specified time period prior to bestowal. Both author and publisher must be American. The CDA Book Award Committee meets regularly to suggest and review worthy qualifying publications.


Awards are presented in conjunction with the Society’s Annual Meeting at an event where all Dames and their guests are welcomed and the winner is invited speak.