Virginia History Series
Historical Hall of Fame: Edward Lynn Ayers (born January 22, 1953) is a prize-winning American historian with special
interest in digital history projects.
Ayers is the current president of the University of Richmond, having served in this capacity since July 1, 2007. Prior to his
appointment, he had been on the faculty of the University of Virginia since 1980, most recently as the Buckner W. Clay Dean of the
College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
In 1997, Ayers helped found the Virginia Center for Digital History and served
as its director until 2001. Ayers also oversaw the Valley of the Shadow project and has long been an advocate of digital history.
He serves on the editorial board of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.
Ayers received his Bachelor of Arts degree (1974) in American
Studies from the University of Tennessee and his Master of Arts degree (1977) and Ph.D. (1980) in American Studies from Yale University.
has received numerous honors including: 2004 Bancroft Prize for "In The Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863";
the James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians for The "Promise of the New South (1993)", and was a finalist
for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards in 1992-3.
Major works by Edward Ayers:
o The Crucible of the Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration 2006.
o What Caused the Civil War? Reflections on the
South and Southern History 2005.
o In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859–1863 (2601-7)
o The Valley of
the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War - The Eve of War (CD-ROM and book) 2000.
o American Passages: A History of the
United States 2000
o The Oxford Book of the American South: Testimony, Memory, and Fiction 1997.
o All Over the Map: Rethinking
American Regions 1996.
o The Promise of the New South: Life after Reconstruction 1992-5
o The Edge of the South: Life in Nineteenth-Century
o Vengeance and Justice: Crime and o Punishment in the Nineteenth-Century American South 1984
Bancroft Prize for 2004 recognizing: "In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863"
1993 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for "History"
1992 Finalist for National Book Awards in History