Francis Parkman Prize for Special Achievement

The Francis Parkman Prize for Special Achievement is periodically given for scholarly and professional distinction. Since its establishment in 1962, the prize has been awarded five times: first to Allan Nevins for his indefatigable passion for the study, writing, and dissemination of history; second to Samuel Eliot Morison, preeminent scholar and author on naval history; third to Alfred A. Knopf, founder of the firm known for its excellence in historical publishing; fourth to Forrest C. Pogue, director of the Marshall Research Library and Foundation, biographer of George C. Marshall, and teacher and author of twentieth-century diplomatic and military history; and finally to Walter Lord, author of such classics as A Night to Remember (1955), Day of Infamy (1957), and The Dawn's Early Light (1972), "in recognition of a lifetime of articulate dedication to American history."