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The Julian P. Boyd Award is the highest award presented by the ADE. It was established in 1980 through the contribution of an anonymous donor. The award commemorates Boyd’s commitment to excellence and the breadth of his scholarly interests. First presented in 1981, the Boyd Award is now given every three years to a senior scholar in honor of a distinguished contribution to the study of American history and culture. [list of past recipients]

Since 1985, the Lyman H. Butterfield Award has been presented annually to an individual, project, or institution for recent contributions in the areas of documentary publication, teaching, and service. The award is granted in memoriam of Lyman Henry Butterfield, whose editing career included contributions to The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, the editing of the Adams Family Papers, and publishing The Letters of Benjamin Rush. [list of past recipients]

The Life Service Award, created in 2004, is presented to individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the Association for Documentary Editing, its members, and to the field of documentary editing. [list of past recipients]

Distinguished Service Awards are presented to individuals or projects which have made a significant contribution to furthering the aims of the Association for Documentary Editing. [list of past recipients]

The Boydston Essay Prize was established in 1995 by Jo Ann Boydston to honor the best essay or review published anywhere during the previous two years, the primary focus of which is the editing of a volume of works or documents. [list of past recipients]

Resolutions of Appreciation, Thanks, and Commendation are presented to individuals and organizations that are presented to individuals and organizations for contributions to the advancement of documentary editing that have been recognized as extraordinary by the ADE Council. [list of past recipients]