The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation was established by William Nelson Cromwell by a Deed of Foundation dated as of May 26, 1930.

Since its founding, the Foundation has been primarily concerned with the publication of books in the field of American legal history, with some emphasis on legal history in the colonial period.

Each year, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation awards a number of prizes and fellowships to early career scholars in the field of American legal history.  The Foundation also makes grants to support important work in all facets of American legal history including archival preservation, scholarly study of original documents, original research in all areas of the law, and research and writing of biographies of major legal figures.  For information on how to apply for a prize, fellowship or grant, please click on Prizes, Fellowships & Grants.