Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Libraries and Archives

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Libraries and Archives

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The Special Collections division of Louisiana State University Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of fellowships to support scholars using Special Collections to conduct research in the history of Louisiana and the South. Thanks to support from an anonymous donor, six fellowships of $900 each will be awarded.

Special Collections includes the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC), which document the history and culture of the region. The largest accumulation of materials on Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Valley in existence, the LLMVC consists of more than 5,500 manuscript and archival groups; 120,000+ volumes of books, periodicals, maps, Louisiana newspapers, and other published material; 2,500 tape-recorded oral history interviews; and approximately 200,000 historic photographs. From early land grants to the most recently published materials on the reconstruction of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, this comprehensive collection provides a remarkable range of resources to its users. For more information about Special Collections, visit

Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students in an appropriate discipline with a research focus involving Louisiana history or the history of the southern United States. Recipients must use the LSU Libraries' Special Collections for research. In order to receive the payment of the fellowship stipend, each recipient must write and send to the head of Special Collections a brief report (1-2 pages) stating what resources were used and what was accomplished during the recipient's research in Special Collections. This report must be received within one month of the scheduled completion of the recipient's research as noted in his/her application.

The application requires (1) a statement outlining the research project and how that project will benefit from work in the LSU Libraries' Special Collections; (2) a brief statement indicating how fellowship funds will be used (e.g., travel, living expenses, duplication expenses, etc.); (3) a schedule indicating when the applicant plans to conduct research at LSU; (4) a curriculum vitae; and (5) letters of reference from two persons familiar with the applicant's scholarship. Please send these materials to Library Fellowships, attn: L. Browning, 295 Middleton Library, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3300; e-mail:; fax: (225) 578-6825.

There is no deadline. The selection committee (composed of one library faculty member and two faculty members in the Department of History) will consider applications as they are received. Awards will be made on the basis of merit until all six fellowships have been given out.

The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma seeks applicants for its Visiting Scholars Program, which provides financial assistance to researchers working at the center's archives. Awards of $500 to $1,000 are normally granted as reimbursement for travel and lodging. The center's holdings include the papers of many former members of Congress, such as Robert S. Kerr, Fred Harris, and House Speaker Carl Albert of Oklahoma; Helen Gahagan Douglas and Jeffery Cohelan of California; Sidney Clarke of Kansas; and Neil Gallagher of New Jersey. Besides the history of Congress, congressional leadership, national and Oklahoma politics, and election campaigns, the collections also document government policy affecting agriculture, Native Americans, energy, foreign affairs, the environment, the economy, and other areas. The center's collections are described on the center's website at and in the publication A Guide to the Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives (Norman, Okla., 1995) by Judy Day et al., available at many U.S. academic libraries.

The Visiting Scholars Program is open to any applicant. Emphasis is given to those pursuing postdoctoral research in history, political science, and other fields. …

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