The Shapiro Center for American History and Culture
The Huntington and Shapiro Collections
Along with financial support to endow the Center, the Shapiros are donating their personal collection of some 500 rare documents focused primarily on American presidential administrations from the 18th to the early 20th century. The Shapiro Collection complements The Huntington’s hundreds of archival collections and more than 1 million single manuscripts, rare books, prints, photographs, and ephemera that document the history of what is now the United States, as well as the Atlantic and Central regions of Canada, from the Colonial era onward.
Shapiro Book Prize
The Shapiro Book Prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding first scholarly monograph in American political, social, intellectual, or cultural history. Winners receive a $10,000 cash award and are recognized in a ceremony at The Huntington. The inaugural prize was conferred in January 2021.
Shapiro Center Programs
The Shapiro Center sponsors a variety of programs that bring together scholars, cultural observers, creatives, and the public to explore critical issues in American history and culture—especially those that can be explored in the light of documentary evidence.
Shapiro Center Fellowships
To foster scholarship, the Shapiro Center offers short-term research fellowships each year, with preference for proposals that incorporate use of the American Collections and/or the Shapiro Collections. These fellowships are administered by the Research Division. For more information, see fellowships.