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 2019 Recipients!
Kelly L. Williams (Middle Tennessee State University) and Howard Lawrence (University of Mississippi)

William A. Paton: A Study of His Accounting Thought

(November 2018, Emerald Publishing)


Kelly L. Williams is an assistant professor of accounting at the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. She received her Ph.D. in accounting, with a minor in Management Information Systems, at the University of Mississippi. She received both her M.B.A. and B.S.A. from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. Also a C.P.A., she previously worked in public accounting, specializing in automobile dealerships, and in private accounting, specializing in risk and insurance. She has held instructor and lead instructor positions for Becker Professional Education. She has published in such journals as Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Accountancy, and The CPA Journal.


Howard Lawrence is a clinical professor of accountancy at the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University Mississippi.  He received his PhD in accounting from the University of Mississippi, and MBA from the University of Memphis, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Christian Brothers University.  He has held various positions in the steel and paper industry and leadership positions in education such as president and dean at 2-year colleges.  His research interests are accounting history, and international accounting.  He has published in such journals as Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, the International Business & Economics Research Journal, and the Soo Chow Journal of Economics.



Past recipients of the Award:

2018: Gary Giroux, Emeritus, Texas A&M University

2017: Martin Persson, Western University
2016: Gary Spraakman, York University
2015: Warwick Funnell, University of Kent and Jeff Robertson, Massey University
2014: Trevor Boyns, Cardiff University and John Richard Edwards, Cardiff University

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 Schwendeman, Academy Administrator, at:

The April 2020 Accounting Historian's Notebook is now available online!

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