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 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 R. Harris, and House Speaker Carl Albert of Oklahoma; Helen Gahagan Douglas and Jeffery Cohelan of California; Richard K. Armey of Texas; and Cornelius E. "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. Most materials date from the 1920s to the 1990s. The center's collections are described on the center's website (www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/) and in 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. Graduate students, professional researchers, and writers are also invited to apply. The center evaluates each research proposal based on its merits, and funding for a variety of topics is expected. No standardized form is needed for application. Instead, a series of documents should be sent to the center, including (1) a description of the research proposal in fewer than 1,000 words; (2) a personal vita; (3) an explanation of how the center's resources will assist the researcher; (4) a budget proposal; and (5) a letter of reference from an established scholar in the discipline attesting to the significance of the research. …

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