Friday, January 29, 2010

Travel grant - NYPL

I was asked to publicize the following announcement. The Dorot Jewish Division is not strong in its medieval holdings, but it has fascinating archival holdings that are almost completely unexplored by scholars. It is also one of the few libraries that is still actively building its collection of Hebrew manuscripts.

Short-Term Research Fellowships at The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is delighted to announce the availability of up to ten fellowships to support visiting scholars wishing to pursue research during 2010 in the Library’s Dorot Jewish Division, Manuscripts and Archives Division, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, or the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle. Awards will be in the range of $2,500­–$3,000. Scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply.
The Dorot Jewish Division houses one of the world’s great collections of Hebraica and Judaica. Primary source materials are especially rich in the following areas: Jews in the United States, especially in New York in the age of immigration; Yiddish theater; Jews in the land of Israel, through 1948; Jews in early modern Europe, especially Jewish-Gentile relations; Christian Hebraism; antisemitism; and world Jewish newspapers and periodicals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For more information see: http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/jewish-division
The Manuscripts and Archives Division holds some 30,000 linear feet of archival material in more than 3,000 collections, with material dating from the third millennium BCE to the present. The focus is on the history of New York, documented in the papers of individuals, families, and organizations, primarily from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Holdings are especially strong in politics, literature, publishing, and activism. Important collections include the archives of: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc.; the New Yorker Magazine, Inc.; the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars; the National Civic Federation; the New York Central Railroad; the National Audubon Society; and the New York World's Fairs of 1939-1940 and 1964-1965, among many others. For more information see: http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/manuscripts-division
The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs comprises the Art and Architecture Collection, the Photography Collection and the Print Collection.
The Art and Architecture Collection is a major reference collection supporting research on the fine and decorative arts, architecture, and design. Its holdings are strong in monographs and monographic series, exhibition catalogs and catalogues raisonnés, auction records and periodicals, both in English and in other European languages. For more information see: http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/art-architecture-collection
The Photography Collection comprises approximately 500,000 photographs by 6,000 photographers, including examples of almost every photographic process from the daguerreotype to digital imagery. It is especially strong in photographically illustrated books, travel and topographical photography, stereoscopic views, and portraiture. Other strengths include works from the first years of photography, American photography from the 1930s and 40s, limited edition portfolios, and works by New York-based photographers working in the 1970s and 80s. For more information see:
The Print Collection comprises close to 200,000 original prints, spanning the history of Western art from 15th-century woodcuts to 21st-century digital prints, with a special strength in 19th- and 20th-century American prints, by New York artists in particular. Japanese woodcuts, especially of the 18th and 19th centuries, but from as far back as the 10th century, are another special strength. For more information see: http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/prints-and-photographs-study-room/print-collection
The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle is one of the world's leading repositories for the study of British Romanticism. Its holdings consist of some 25,000 books, manuscripts, letters, and other objects, chiefly from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The collection focuses on the life and work of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his contemporaries, including his second wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, her parents, William Godwin and
Mary Wollstonecraft, and such friends and fellow writers as Lord Byron, Claire Clairmont, Teresa Guiccioli, Thomas Hogg, Leigh Hunt, Thomas Love Peacock, and Edward Trelawny. Besides the books and manuscripts of the Shelley circle, the collection offers a wide range of collateral materials from the Romantic era. Because of the significance of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley in the history of women’s writing, materials concerning women have always formed an important component of the Pforzheimer Collection. For more information see: http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/pforzheimer-collection-shelley-and-his-circle
Applications must demonstrate how the New York Public Library’s collections are essential to the research proposed, and successful applicants are expected to contribute a report on their findings, suitable for posting to the Library’s website, at the conclusion of their fellowship.
Applicants who are neither United States citizens nor entitled to work in the U.S. nor citizens of participant countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program will be responsible for arranging an acceptable visa (such as the B-1 business-classification visitor's visa, but not the B-2 tourist-classification visitor's visa). Awards will be made as reimbursements of travel and/or per diem expenses where this is required by the recipient’s visa status.
Applications must be received by April 1, 2010, and should include:
--Cover letter
--Curriculum vitae
--Outline of proposed research and indication of Library holdings to be used (not more than 1,000 words)
--Outline budget for travel and per diem expenses
--Proposed dates to be spent in residence
--One letter of recommendation
Application materials, including letters of recommendation, may be submitted by email in PDF format (the preferred submission method) to
jbaumann@nypl.org. Applications may also be sent in print format to:
Jason Baumann
The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10018
For questions about the program or the Library’s collections, please contact Jason Baumann at jbaumann@nypl.org. Awards will be announced April 30.