Friday, January 29, 2010

Grant - travel to Washington University

Travel Grant Competition

The Department of Special Collections
Washington University Libraries
St. Louis, Missouri


Application Deadline: applications must be emailed, faxed, or postmarked
by March 15, 2010

Awards will be announced no later than May 15, 2010

Travel must occur between May 15, 2010 and June 30, 2011

Travel reimbursement grants of up to $1000 are available to faculty,
graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars who would
like to use our collections for research. Funds may be used for
transportation, food, lodging, and photocopying. Applicants must reside
at least 50 miles from St. Louis.

The Department of Special Collections is a multi-faceted research
institution that contains materials related to a wide variety of
academic disciplines. Below is a listing of some of our major

Film and Media Archive: The Film and Media Archive is committed to the
preservation of documentary film and other media which chronicle
America's great political and social movements, with a particular
emphasis on the African-American experience. The collections of
prominent filmmakers Henry Hampton (Eyes on the Prize) and William Miles
(I Remember Harlem) include hundreds of hours of high quality
programming and feature a comprehensive and diverse array of primary
interviews, photos, archival footage, and written documents that they
gathered during the film production process. For more information,
contact Joe Thompson at or (314) 935-8739.

Manuscripts: Collections of literary papers, press archives, and
magazine archives. The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of
major 20th-century literary figures including James Merrill, Samuel
Beckett, Howard Nemerov, Stanley Elkin, William Gass, Mona Van Duyn, and
many others. For more information, contact John Hodge at or (314) 935-5413.

Modern Graphic History Library: Dedicated to acquiring and preserving
distinguished works of modern illustration and pictorial graphic
culture. Focusing on artists' working materials and sketches as well as
finished artworks, the range of the collection extends from book,
magazine, and advertising illustration to graphic novels, comics, poster
design, pictorial information design, and animation. For more
information, contact Skye Lacerte at or (314)

Rare Books: Collection strengths include the history of books and
printing, especially the English Arts & Crafts movement; the book arts;
semeiology and the history of non-verbal communication; a collection of
Little Black Sambo books and related objects; and 19th- and 20th-century
British and American literature complementing the modern literary
archives housed in the manuscript unit. For more information, contact
Erin Davis at or (314) 935-5583.

University Archives: The Washington University Archives is comprised of
more than 300 unique collections. Most collections chronicle the long
history of Washington University from 1853 to the present day. These
diverse collections range from the writings of University co-founder
William G. Eliot, to student produced publications, and professional and
personal papers of faculty members such as Arthur Holly Compton. Other
collections relate to 20th-century St. Louis history, with a focus on
business, transportation, politics, social welfare, urban planning, and
architecture. Finding aids describing the collections are available to
researchers on-line. For more information, contact Sonya Rooney at or (314) 935-9730.

Links to the websites for these collections may be found at

Download the application form here
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A printable version of this announcement is available here
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The Department of Special Collections, Washington University Libraries
(314) 935-5495