Over at legal history blog, Mary Dudziak has the details of the Paul Murphy prize in the history of civil liberties. It will be awarded twice and will provide $5000 to each recipient to support the completion of a book on the history of civil liberties. This is very exciting news and a wonderful tribute to a man whose scholarship was devoted to the history of civil liberties. I especially like the idea of a prize that helps scholars bring out new work -- and this seems like it fits exactly with Murphy's focus on advancing the field.
I only had the pleasure of meeting Murphy once -- in 1995 at the ASLH meeting in Houston -- though I very much enjoyed reading The Constitution in Crisis Times, 1918-1969 (1972). That's a classic of constitutional history and of civil liberties. Mary has more details here.