Thursday, June 14, 2007

Patricia Klingenstein Research Fellowships 2007 – 2008
The New-York Historical Society is currently accepting applications for short-term visiting fellowships

The New-York Historical Society, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is an independent research library and museum, with extensive collections documenting the American experience in general and the history of New York City in particular, from cultural, social, political, military and mercantile perspectives. The collections cover four centuries, and are especially strong in late-18th- through late-19th-century holdings, which helps support our mission to promote serious scholarship about the history of the United States, and the history of New York.

The library’s collections may be searched through the online consortium catalog Bobcat ( Links to finding aids and collection databases, as well as descriptions of collections, services and policies, may be found on the library portion of the N-YHS website.

The purpose of these fellowships is to encourage scholars whose research would benefit greatly from the use of the New-York Historical Society’s unique collections. The applicant’s field of research must demonstrably and specifically relate to The New-York Historical Society’s collections. United States citizens and foreign nationals may apply. Preference will be given to applicants who hold an undergraduate degree and are engaged in serious historical projects.

The stipend for the fellowship will be $500 per week, for no less than three weeks and no more than four weeks, depending on the time required for the completion of the project. Fellowships must be undertaken for consecutive weeks between September 15, 2007 and June 30, 2008. Fellows will be able to conduct research in the library during the society’s regular research hours, following the regular rules for use of the collections. The library has closed stacks and non-circulating collections. Fellows may also undertake research by appointment in the library’s Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections, and in the Museum collections, which are housed in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture on the society’s fourth floor.

There is no application form. Applicants must submit:

1) A cover sheet with name, telephone, permanent address and e-mail, current employer/affiliation, title of project, proposed dates of residency, and signature of applicant to warrant accuracy of information.

2) A letter of two single-spaced pages maximum describing the project and its relation to specifically cited collections at the society and to previous work on the same theme, and describing the projected outcome of the work. If residents of the New York City metropolitan area are applying, they must explain their financial need for the stipend.

3) A resume.

4) Three confidential letters of reference. Graduate students must include their thesis advisor.

Please mail applications to:

Fellowships, Library Office
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York
, NY 10024

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., August 1, 2007.