Gulf South Historical Association


The Gulf South Historical Association, a consortium of Gulf South colleges and universities including the University of South Alabama, the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, the University of Southern Mississippi, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Tyler Community College, preserves and promotes the history and the cultures of the Gulf South within state, regional, national, and international contexts through a friendly exchange of scholarly research before the interested public.

At the annual conference each year, the Association presents the Michael V. R. Thomason best book award on the history of the Gulf South. The award carries a $500 cash prize and a plaque, which is presented to the winner at the banquet during the annual conference.

To be competitive, submissions should highlight some aspect of the history and/or cultures of the states of the Gulf South and/or the Caribbean Basin. To be considered, books must be published during the calendar year June-June.

Gulf South Conference


To submit a book, three copies must be forwarded to the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Box 10730, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana 70402 and addressed to the attention of Dr. Samuel Hyde. Books must be received no later than July 1 of the award year.

Each year, the Gulf South Historical Association presents the William S. Coker Award for the best paper presented at the annual conference by a graduate student. This award, which carries a $250 cash prize and a plaque, is presented at the banquet during the annual conference.

In 2022, the Board of Directors approved reviving the organization's journal Gulf South Historical Review. More information concerning the publication will be forthcoming.