The Boston Medical Library Fellowships in the History of Medicine at the Countway Library, 2018-2019
The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine offers annual fellowships to support research and scholarship in the history of medicine. The Countway Library is the largest academic medical library in the United States, and its Center for the History of Medicine holds 250,000 books and journals published before 1920 and is strong in virtually every medical discipline. The Countway's archives and manuscripts include the personal and professional papers of prominent American physicians, many of whom were associated with Harvard Medical School. The printed, manuscript, and archival holdings are complemented by prints, photographs, and the collections of the Warren Anatomical Museum.
The Boston Medical Library Fellowships in the History of Medicine at the Countway provide stipends of up to $5,000 to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Besides conducting research, the fellow will submit a report on the results of his/her residency and may be asked to present a seminar or lecture at the Countway Library. The fellowship proposal should demonstrate that the Countway Library has resources central to the research topic. Preference will be given to applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway. The application, outlining the proposed project (proposal should not exceed five singled-spaced pages), length of residence, materials to be consulted, and a budget with specific information on travel, lodging, and research expenses, should be submitted, along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation, by February 15, 2017.
Applications should be sent to: Boston Medical Library Fellowships, Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115. Electronic submissions of applications and supporting materials may be sent to: email@example.com.
Awards will be announced in April 2017.
The Boston Medical Library’s Abel Lawrence Peirson Fund provides support for the fellowship program.
New York Academy of Medicine Library Fellowships
Applications are currently [as of May 1, 2017] being accepted for the 2018 cycle of The New York Academy of Medicine Library’s two history of medicine fellowships: the Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health. Information about the two residential fellowships, along with application materials and instructions for applying, can be found here: https://www.nyam.org/awards-grants/library-fellowships/
Questions about the fellowships or the application process may be directed to:
Arlene Shaner, MA MLS, Historical Collections Librarian
2018 UCLA Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships
The UCLA Library Special Collections Research Fellowships Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include rare books, journals, manuscripts, archives, printed ephemera, photographs and other audiovisual materials, oral history interviews, and other items in the humanities and social sciences; medical, life and physical sciences; visual and performing arts; and UCLA history.
James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships: Thayer fellowships provide support for research in any collections administered by UCLA Library Special Collections. Stipends range from $500 to $2,500 and vary yearly; grants in 2016 averaged $1,770 and in 2017 averaged $1,500. Awards are funded by an endowment established by longtime UCLA benefactors James and Sylvia Thayer.
Barbara Rootenberg Short-term Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences: The Rootenberg fellowship promotes the use of materials in History & Special Collections for the Sciences in UCLA Library Special Collections. One annual fellowship is awarded in the amount of $1,000. The award is named for Barbara Rootenberg, an alumna of the UCLA School of Library Service and an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller.
Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Research Fellowship in UCLA Library Special Collections:The Karmiole fellowship supports the use of UCLA Library Special Collections materials by visiting scholars and graduate students. One annual fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to allow scholars to pursue research lasting from one to three months. The award is funded by an endowment established by Kenneth Karmiole, an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller who earned his master’s degree in library science from UCLA in 1971. Information and application details are available at http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/karmiole-fellowships .
R.B. Kitaj Fellowship:The Kitaj fellowship will allow scholars to pursue research lasting up to two months in UCLA Library Special Collections. One fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $2,500. The R.B. Kitaj Research Fellowship award is funded by the R.B. Kitaj Studio Project, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the legacy of American painter R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007). The fellowship was initiated to encourage research into and creative work inspired by Kitaj, an internationally renowned painter and intellectual. Born in Ohio, Kitaj spent much of his career in London, where he was a key participant in what is known as the “School of London.” He spent the last decade of his life in Los Angeles. In addition to a rich body of artwork, Kitaj left behind a large collection of papers and musings, now housed at UCLA Library Special Collections in the Charles E. Young Research Library. Kitaj Research Fellow awardees are expected to be in residence at UCLA Library Special Collections and to make use of the R.B. Kitaj Papers (Collection 1741). Information and application details are available athttp://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/kitaj-fellowships
Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Books: Ahmanson Fellowships support the use of medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in UCLA Library Special Collections: the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. The fellowships provide $2,500 per month for up to three months. Administered by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, this program requires an application separate from that for Thayer, Rootenberg, Karmiole, and Kitaj fellowships, and delivered to a different address; information is available on the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center’s website athttp://www.cmrs.ucla.edu/awards-fellowships/ahmanson/ .
Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships: United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last up to three months between January 3 and December 15, 2018.
Karmiole Fellowships: United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last from one to three months between January 3 and December 15, 2018. Information and application details are available at: http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/karmiole-fellowships
Kitaj Fellowships: United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last from one to three months between January 3 and August 31, 2018. Information and application details are available at: http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/kitaj-fellowships
Ahmanson Fellowships: United States and international graduate students or scholars holding a PhD (or the foreign equivalent) who are engaged in graduate-level, postdoctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Applications are due March 1, 2018; research residencies may last up to three months between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Information and application details are available at: http://www.cmrs.ucla.edu/awards-fellowships/ahmanson/ .
Application Contents and Instructions for Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships
Researchers can submit a single application for “Short-term Research Fellowships” in order to be considered for either the Thayer or Rootenberg fellowships. Applications must be received on or before November 1, 2017.
Applications must include:
· Cover letter
· Curriculum vitae
· Outline of research topic and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
· Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
· Dates to be spent in residence
· Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library.
Application materials for the Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships, including letters of recommendation, may be submitted in PDF format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Letters of recommendation in PDF format can also be sent by email, either by the person writing them or by the applicant.
Review Process and Notification: A committee will evaluate the research proposals, and applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by email on or before December 1, 2017. Fellows may be asked to speak briefly about their recent or ongoing research at an informal brownbag session with local scholars during their visit.
Contact Information: Submit applications or direct questions about fellowships to:
Short-term Research Fellowships Program
UCLA Library Special Collections
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Finding Finding Aids for Historical Research
The History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium has created in online index to help researchers find archival collections:https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/consortium/index.html
It indexes aids for material at NLM and many other archival collections, and can be searched by topic or name.
DIGITIZATION COLLABORATIVE PROVIDES OPEN ACCESS TO OVER 100 YEARS OF AMERICAN MEDICAL HISTORY THROUGH THE INTERNET ARCHIVE
The Medical Heritage Library has completed its National Endowment for the Humanities-funded initiative Medicine at Ground Level: State Medical Societies, State Medical Journals, and the Development of American Medicine, 1900-2000
News provided by the Medical Heritage Library
Boston, MA, October 2, 2017. The Medical Heritage Library has released 3,907 state medical society journal volumes free of charge for nearly 50 state medical societies, including those for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, through the Internet Archive (http://www.medicalheritage.org/content/state-medical-society-journals/). The journals – collectively held and digitized by Medical Heritage Library members The College of Physicians of Philadelphia; the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine; the Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at The New York Academy of Medicine; the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, the Founding Campus; and the Library and Center for Knowledge Management at the University of California at San Francisco – consist of almost three million pages that can be searched online and downloaded in a variety of formats. State medical society journals document the transformation of American medicine at both the local and national level, serving as sites not only for scientific articles, but for medical talks, local news regarding the medical profession, pharmaceutical and device advertising, and unexpurgated musings on medicine and society throughout the 20th century.
Project supporter and former president of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Distinguished Professor of History Nancy J. Tomes, Stony Brook University, notes: “The value of this collection lies precisely in the insights state journals provide on issues of great contemporary interest. They shed light on questions at the heart of today’s policy debates: why do physicians treat specific diseases so differently in different parts of the country? Why is it such a challenge to develop and implement professional policies at the national level? How do state level developments in health insurance influence federal policy and vice versa? How do factors such as race, class, gender, and ethnicity affect therapeutic decision making? How have methods of promoting new therapies and technologies changed over time? These are issues of interest not only to historians but to political scientists, sociologists, and economists.”
The digitized collection offers unprecedented, centralized access to one of the richest resources concerning the evolution of American medicine and will open the texts to new forms of analysis in the digital humanities, such as those supporting the investigation of health trends and outcomes over time and region, as well as visualizations.
Journals were digitized between 2015 and 2017 through the National Endowment for the Humanities (grant number: PW-228226-15), with additional funding provided by the Harvard Library and the Arcadia Fund, as well as Harvard Medical School. All publications found in the collection are provided free of charge by individual journal publishers agreeing to open access for content currently under copyright. Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. For more on the NEH Office of Digital Humanities visit http://www.neh.gov/odh/.
Beyond the Internet Archive’s portal through which MHL content is delivered, the Medical Heritage Library hosts state-by-state links to the journals (http://www.medicalheritage.org/content/state-medical-society-journals/journals-by-state/) and the MHL’s advanced search interface (http://mhl.countway.harvard.edu/search/), which offers full-text, proximity, date, and language searching among other features.
About the Medical Heritage Library
Founded in 2010 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to digitize 30,000 medical rare books, the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries that promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. The MHL’s goal is to provide the means by which readers and scholars across a multitude of disciplines can examine the interrelated nature of medicine and society, both to inform contemporary medicine and strengthen our understanding of the world in which we live. The MHL’s growing collection of digitized medical rare books, pamphlets, journals, and films number over 200,000, with representative works from each of the past seven centuries, all of which are available through the Internet Archive. Information about the MHL may be found on our website, www.medicalheritage.org.
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PREVIOUS OPPORTUNITIES WHICH MAY BE AVAILABLE AGAIN:
Ohio State University Scholar-in-Residence Program
The Medical Heritage Center at the Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University is seeking applicants for its scholar-in-residence program for a flexible time period between September 1, 2017 and August 30, 2018.
The Medical Heritage Center was made possible by a grant from the Columbus Medical Association Foundation (CMAF) and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. These organizations saw the need to preserve and celebrate the region’s medical heritage. Since its opening in 1997, the Center has stood as a testament to a unique collaboration between the CMAF and the OSU Wexner Medical Center.
The Center’s holdings include rare books, archives and artifacts. The rare books collection contains over 20,000 volumes, representing limited edition and one-of-a kind monographs dating back to 1555. The archives include the papers and memorabilia from regional and nationally recognized luminaries as well as local health sciences organizations. The artifacts represent health sciences equipment used as early as the 1800s. The scholar will also have access to the rich holdings of The Ohio State University and regional libraries. More information about the Center and its collections can be found at: go.osu.edu/mhc
Suitable potential scholars can come from a variety of backgrounds (i.e. students, clinician historians, PhD historians) and each application will be reviewed based upon the quality of the application and proposed use of historical collections. Preference will be given to scholars whose research is directed toward local or regional medical historic issues. Use of the in-house archival and rare book collections is suggested but not limited to the collections of the Medical Heritage Center. The intent to publish in nationally-known presses and peer-reviewed journals is highly essential. Scholars will be expected to provide a mid-point and final report discussing the progress and result of the residency project. At least one presentation and publication is expected from a successful scholar residency.
The scholar-in-residence program provides a stipend up to $2,500 to support the activities of the scholar. This funding is provided by the Columbus Medical Association Foundation endowment for the Medical Heritage Center and can cover but is not limited to equipment, travel, support staff, publication costs. Scholars also receive office space, basic office equipment, and extensive access to the collections of the Medical Heritage Center. All funds must be spent in the year awarded.
An application package should be submitted for consideration by June 30, 2017, and a successful applicant will be decided upon by the Medical Heritage Center advisory committee by August 1, 2017. The application package should include 1.) a cover letter stating the scholar’s intended area of research and publication and how the research fits into the goals of the scholar-in-residence program. Please note use of MHC collections where applicable. 2.) CV; 3.) proposed budget and timeline; and 4.) at least two (2) recommendation letters. The packet should be sent to: Judith Wiener, Head Curator, Medical Heritage Center, 376 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant: Mayo Clinic
The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce its first annual W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant. The grant is available to physicians, historians, medical students, graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars who wish to use archival and library resources at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The grant (up to $1,500 in one calendar year) may be used for transportation, lodging, food, and incidental expenses relating to the research project. It is available to residents of the United States and Canada who live more than 75 miles from Rochester.
The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine houses archival collections that contain official records of the Clinic and its administrative offices, official and unofficial publications, departmental annual reports, committee minutes, photographic and moving images, sound recordings, personal papers, and memorabilia relating to the Mayo Clinic, its mission, programs, and people. To search our archival holdings, please visit our online catalog (MAX).
The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library is a specialized library housing important collections in the history of medicine and allied sciences. Several thousand volumes of rare medical classics (from 1479) and early journal literature (from 1665) comprise the core collection of primary literature on all aspects of medicine and allied fields. More recently published histories, biographies, facsimiles, and other support materials comprise the remainder of the collection of some 23,000 total volumes. Special strengths include anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, immunology, ophthalmology and neurology. The library also has a large collection of Mayo physician bound reprints.
Applicants should send by e-mail as attachments the items listed below to Renee Ziemer:
•Abstract of your project (250 words) stating the general scope and purpose
•How historical resources at Mayo Clinic will further your research
•Abbreviated curriculum vitae (3 pages or less)
•One letter of reference that includes comments on your project
Timeline for 2017 grant:
Application deadline (all materials): April 28, 2017
Successful applicant(s) will be notified by May 31, 2017
Visit(s) to Rochester must be completed by December 15, 2017
Renee Ziemer, coordinator
W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine & Mayo Historical Suite
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Telephone: (507) 284-2585
Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant: Yale University Medical Historical Library
The Medical Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its tenth annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library: http://library.medicine.yale.edu/historical/us/grant
The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anatomy, anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula. The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects. The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large archive of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.
The 2017-2018 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/. There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants will need to apply through our fellowship site: https://yale.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx, and upload a curriculum vitae and project description, including the relevance of the Medical Historical Library collections to the project, as well as provide two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Medical Historical Library. This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at Yale. Applications are due by Monday, MAY 1st, 2017. They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by June 2nd, 2017. Winners may be asked to do a blog post discussing their research.
The application period is now open! Please apply online at: https://yale.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx
Requests for further information should be sent to:
Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
Head of the Medical Historical Library and John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
P.O. Box 208014
New Haven, CT 06520-8014
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Additional information about the Library and its collections may be found at: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/
Bernard Becker Medical Library: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
The Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is fortunate to have robust collections in archives and rare books that document the history of medicine from the late 15th century up to the present. Subjects in which the library’s holdings are particularly strong include ophthalmology and optics, neurology, deaf education, and the history of dentistry. In order to encourage researchers living more than 100 miles from St. Louis to use these collections, Becker Library will offer grants up to $1,000 to help defray the costs of travel, lodging, food and photo reproductions. Covered expenses will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the visit.
Eligible applicants are students enrolled in graduate degree programs (master’s and above), faculty and independent scholars. Applications will be reviewed by Becker Library’s rare book librarian and archivists. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects overlap with the library’s subject strengths. Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2017 and will have up to six months to use their award and must submit a brief report upon the completion of their visit.
To apply, please send the following to Rose Kettler at email@example.com by April 1, 2017 (include “travel grant application” in the email’s subject line):
· A personal statement describing how the library collections will be beneficial to the applicant’s research (no more than one page)
· Current curriculum vitae
· Letter of recommendation from an academic advisor if the applicant is a student
· Applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address
Additional information about Becker Library’s archival and rare book holdings can be found at https://becker.wustl.edu/arb
The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Research Fellowship: Francis Countway Library of Medicine, Boston
Deadline May 15, 2017
The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine is pleased to provide one $5,000 grant to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Foundation Fellowships are offered for research related to the history of women to be conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Preference will be given to:
-projects that engage specifically with the history of women physicians, other health workers or medical scientists; however, proposals on the history of women’s health issues will also be considered
-those who are using collections from the Center’s Archives for Women in Medicine, but research on the topic of women in medicine using other material from the Countway Library will be considered
-applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway; however, all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students
In return, the Foundation requests a one page report on the Fellow’s research experience; a copy of the final product (with the ability to post excerpts from the paper/project); and a photo and bio of the Fellow for web and newsletter announcements. The Fellow will also be asked to present a lecture at the Countway Library.
Applicants should submit a proposal (no more than five pages) outlining the subject and objectives of the research project, length of residence, historical materials to be used, and a project budget (including travel, lodging, and research expenses), along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendations by May 15, 2017. The fellowship proposal should demonstrate that the Countway Library has resources central to the research topic.
Applications should be sent to: The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellowship, Archives for Women in Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115. Electronic submissions of applications and supporting materials and any questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 432-2170.
For more information, please visit: https://cms.www.countway.harvard.edu/wp/?p=13523
Project Archivist for the Archives for Women in Medicine
Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library
10 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115
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