Barbara D. Merino Award for Excellence in Accounting History Publication

This annual award of $1,000 and a plaque is to recognize the author of the best book on an accounting historical topic published in the current or previous two years, i.e., 2015 through 2017. The winning publication will be based upon the selection of an awards committee established by the leadership of the Academy of Accounting Historians.

Award: Plaque and $1,000

Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at

Congratulations to the 2016 Recipients!
Gary Spraakman (York University)

Gary Spraakman is a professor of management accounting at the School of Administrative Studies, York University where he teaches management accounting. Since 1999, he has been active with the Academy. His research interests include accounting history, management accounting, and accounting education. He is a CPA, CMA, and he worked for 14 years as an accountant at various Canadian companies prior to undertaking a PhD and an academic career. He is happily married to Cherilyn; they have three adult children and two grandchildren and counting.

Past recipients of the Award:

2015  Warwick Funnell, University of Kent and Jeff Robertson, Massey University

2014  Trevor Boyns (Cardiff University) and John Richard Edwards (Cardiff University), A History of Management Accounting: The British Experience (Routledge, 2013).

Letter from the President

This is an exciting time for the Academy as we leverage our successful past to expand our reach as a 21st century global organization.

We have substantially completed the transition from a standalone entity during early 2018 and we are now operating as a section within the American Accounting Association (AAA). A transition team has worked diligently since late 2015 to transfer the operations and dedicated resources of the Academy of Accounting Historians to a section within the AAA structure and we were welcomed at the AAA Centennial meeting in August 2016 as the newest section of the AAA.

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Accounting Historians Journal

First volume was published in 1974. We publish twice a year. Older volumes are available online at AAA Digital Library

Overview of acceptable submissions:

  • History of profession
  • Biography
  • History of accounting change
  • Entity case studies: industries, companies, governmental or NFP entities
  • Development of accounting theory
  • Critical examinations of new or old research
  • Does not have to be old to be a part of our history

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Accounting Historians Notebook

Submissions and any other Notebook editorial matters may be sent to Tiffany Welch, Academy Administrator, at:

The 2018 April Accounting Historian's Notebook is now available online! View it now!