Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to nominate SAWH presidents/officeholders? Can I only nominate people who work on the South and/or women, gender, and sexuality? Can I nominate someone who mentored me informally, not just my dissertation adviser? Can I nominate a non-historian? Can I nominate a guy?

A. We welcome all nominations and appreciate all mentors who have been meaningful to members and friends of the SAWH. Depending on response, we may make more than one visualization or “wall” to find the best way to recognize our nominees.

Q. Is there a minimum donation per nomination?

A. A single $25 donation allows you to submit as many names as you want to the Wall of the Fame. Depending on how many people are nominated in total, the visibility of a person nominated only once or twice may not be very high, but the web page that hosts the Wall will also include an alphabetical list of all nominees so that every mentor will be recognized equally in a list of names.

Q. Will mentors be able to tell who nominated them to the Wall of Fame?

A. Unlike the signed tributes at the $200 level, Wall of Fame nominations will not be directly attributed to individual donors. But the Wall of Fame web page will include a list of everyone who nominated someone, with thanks for their donations to the SAWH.

Q. I’d like to submit a signed tribute but can’t afford $200. Is nominating my mentor to the Wall of Fame my only option?

A. We welcome group contributions at the $200 level but ask that you and your collaborators stick to the 100-word limit. All names of those contributing will be included on the signed tribute that will be printed for the 2020 SHA and then hosted on this website (unless someone wishes to remain anonymous, which they should specify when donating).

Q. Does the dollar value attached to nominations matter to my mentor’s prominence on the Wall, or is it the total number of nominations?

A. All of those recognized at the $200 level will automatically be added to the list from which the Wall of Fame is generated, but it is the number of nominations, not the dollar value, that determines how prominently any person’s name is displayed.

Q. Can I solicit nominations/contributions from people who also value my mentor but are not themselves SAWH members?

A. Absolutely.

Q. Is there a maximum number of times a single person can donate (and/or nominate the same individual)?

A. You are welcome to donate more than the $25 and $200 minimums, but we can only recognize each mentor relationship one time. So if you want to see your mentor get as much recognition as possible, encourage others to donate as well.