A Message from Janet Allured, President of the Southern Association for Women Historians, on behalf of the SAWH:
The Southern Association for Women Historians is sad to announce the passing of one of our co-founders, Anne Firor Scott, a native of Georgia and a pioneer of American women’s history. Her first book, The Southern Lady (1970), opened up new avenues of inquiry in the field of southern history and helped originate the emerging field of women’s history. It was followed by two more scholarly monographs, Making the Invisible Woman Visible (1984) and Natural Allies (1991), as well as dozens of articles and edited collections that foregrounded women’s role in American history.
Her scholarship, which has had a lasting effect on the discipline, was the subject of Writing Women’s History: A Tribute to Anne Firor Scott (University of Mississippi, 2011), by Elizabeth Anne Payne. She was the William K. Boyd Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University. In 2013, Scott received the National Humanities Medal awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and presented to her by President of the United States Barack Obama.
Scott was also a great mentor, and provided keen editorial guidance and career advice to dozens of young scholars who followed in her footsteps. In her honor, the SAWH established the biennially awarded Anne Firor Scott Mid-Career Fellowship in 2007.