The Davis C. Woolley Award is for Outstanding Achievement in Assessing and Preserving Baptist History. From 2013 to the present, the Woolley Award is presented in partnership with the Association of Librarians and Archivists at Baptist Institutions (ALBAI).
Davis C. Woolley served as the second executive secretary-treasurer of the Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1959 to 1971. In his honor, the Historical Commission established the Davis C. Woolley Award in 1991. The purpose of the award is to encourage creativity and excellence in state Baptist history programs, including all organizations involved in assessing and preserving Baptist history.
Presented by the president of the Society during the annual meeting of the Baptist History and Heritage Society, the award is given to an individual or a state program that demonstrated great progress and achievements during the preceding calendar year.
2015 Freewill Baptist Historical College, Welch College, Nashville, Tennessee
2014 History Center: Archives of the Baptist General Conference and Bethel University
2013 Wake Forest University Special Collections and Archives
2012 Samford University Special Collections
2011 Georgia Baptist History Depository at Mercer University
2010 Tennessee Baptist Historical Society
2009 Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
2008 The Center for Baptist Studies of Mercer University
2007 The North American Baptist Heritage Commission
2006 Virginia Baptist Historical Society/Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies
2005 Texas Baptist Historical Collection
2004 South Carolina Baptist Historical Collection
2003 Nelda Kent, Curator/Archivist, Arizona Baptist Historical Commission
2002 Virginia Baptist Historical Society/Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies
2001 Alabama Baptist Historical Commission
2000 Florida Baptist Historical Society
1999 Georgia Baptist Historical Society/Collection
1998 Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission
1997 Max Daley/Northwest Baptist Historical Society
1996 J. M. Gaskin/Oklahoma Baptist Historical Commission
1995 Alan Lefever/Texas Baptist Historical Collection
1994 Betty Danielson/New Mexico Baptist Collection
1993 Adrian Lamkin/Partee Center for Baptist Historical Studies at William Jewell College
1992 John F. Loftis/Alabama Baptist Historical Commission
1991 Fred Anderson/Virginia Baptist Historical Society
Award presented by the Southern Baptist Historical Commission in 1991-1997, by the Southern Baptist Historical Society® in 1998-2000, and by the Baptist History and Heritage Society in 2001-present.