Who We Are
The Langum Charitable Trust is a private operating foundation that
awards book and media prizes and makes travel to collections grants,
linked in the left column. We have received a determination letter
from the Internal Revenue Service recognizing our charitable status
under IRC 501 (c)(3). Contributions to the Trust are tax deductible.
Our Background and What We Do
David J. Langum, Sr. founded The Langum Initiative for Historical
Literature in 2001, which soon became The Langum Charitable Trust,
out of a conviction that too many historians today write only for
each other's reading and not for the general public. As a result the
American public is left uninformed of the nation's past to the
detriment of both individual Americans and also the body politic.
The Trust seeks to redress this condition by rewarding and
encouraging books that make the rich history of America from the
colonial period to the present accessible to the educated general
public. One prize is in American historical fiction, and another is
in Professor Langum's personal scholarly specialty, American legal
history. The links to the left provide details.
The Malott Prize has recently joined our list. It seeks to
encourage the public's understanding of community-based social,
political, and environmental activism and reward that activism
itself, through a prize encouraging media description and recording
of such local activism. See details in link to the left.
The Trust also encourages the scholarly use of the personal and
family papers that Professor Langum donated to the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library (formerly Illinois State Historical Library),
Springfield, Illinois, and certain of his legal papers, 1968-1978,
which Professor Langum has donated to the San Jose State University
Library, Special Collections, San Jose, California. Details are in
link to the left.
The Langum Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the honorees of
the 2015 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction.
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The Langum Charitable Trust Is Pleased to Announce the Winners of
the Malott Prize for Recording Community Activism for 2013-2014.
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The Langum Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the winners of
the 2014 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History or
Biography. Read More >