Houghton Library

Visiting Fellowships

Houghton Library is pleased to offer short-term visiting fellowships to assist scholars with the cost of travel and accommodation to come and pursue their research at the library.


Overview

Houghton Library is the principal rare book and manuscript library of Harvard College, which documents the history of Western civilization.  Materials relating to American, British, and Continental history and literature comprise the bulk of its collections and include special concentrations in printing, graphic arts, and the theatre.  The collections encompass diverse holdings such as ostraca, daguerreotypes, and the working papers of modern novelists and poets. Fellows will also have access to collections in Widener Library as well as to other libraries at the University.  Preference is given to scholars whose research is closely based on materials in Houghton collections, especially when those materials are unique; fellowships are normally not granted to scholars who live within commuting distance of the library.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at Houghton for at least four weeks during the period from July 2015 through June 2016 (these do not have to be consecutive weeks), and each fellow will be expected to produce a written summary of his/her experience working with the collections.  The stipend for each fellowship is $3,600. Other than the Pantzer Fellowship, applicants need not apply for specific fellowships, as the Selection Committee will determine which fellowship is best suited to his/her research.

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Fellowships to be Awarded in 2015-2016

  • Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre
  • W. Jackson Bate/ Douglas W. Bryant, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship
    Successful applicants must either be an ASECS member in good standing or be willing to become a member in order to receive this fellowship.
  • William Dearborn Fellowship in American History
  • Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts
  • The Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship
  • Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts
  • Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History
  • Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle
  • Joan Nordell Fellowship
  • Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography
    This fellowship is available to assist scholarly research in descriptive bibliography at Houghton Library and carries a stipend of $3,600 per month, up to twelve months (maximum $43,200).  Fellows are expected to be in residence at Houghton Library for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance
  • John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre

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Applying for Fellowships

Applicants will need to submit the following information on the online database, which will be available in August 2014:

  • A statement of not more than three pages describing the research project and the importance of the library's collections to the applicant's work;
  • A current curriculum vitae; and
  • Two letters of recommendation

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 16, 2015.  For further information call 617-495-2441.

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New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

Houghton Library also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium.  Please visit their website for further information.

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Houghton Library 2014–2015 Visiting Fellows

Virginia Albarrán
Associate Lecturer, Modern Art History Department, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Research collaborator, 18th century Painting and Goya Department, Museo del Prado
"Philip Hofer and Fernando Zóbel de Ayala as Spanish drawings collectors"
Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts

Deborah Bowman
Lecturer, Gonville and Caius College / Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
"William Empson's Seven Types of Ambiguity"
Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts

Michael John Burden
Professor of Opera Studies, University of Oxford; Fellow in Music, New College, Oxford
"The music of the Italian Aria on the London Stage before 1801"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Federica Caneparo
Research Assistant, Princeton University
"Ariosto's Orlando furioso at the Houghton Library: a family tree and its implications"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Sonia Di Loreto
Assistant Professor of American Studies, Università di Torino
"Margaret Fuller's Transnational Network: Fuller's Papers at Houghton Library"
Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship

Philip Michael Forness
Ph.D. Candidate, History of Christianity, Princeton Theological Seminary
"Syriac Manuscripts and their Readers: Identifying and Interpreting the Works of Jacob of Sarug in the Houghton Library "
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Martina Frank
Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Università Ca'Foscari
Venezia, Italy
"The Galli Bibiena Sketchbook in Houghton Library and the Viennese Workshop of the Galli Bibiena Family"
Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts

James Freeman
The British Library: Intern in the Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Section
"The Manuscript Dissemination and Readership of the Polychronicon of Ranulph Higden, c. 1330 – c. 1500"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Sören C. Hammerschmidt
Instructor of English, Arizona State University
"Modular Pope: Letters, Portraits, and Recycled Print"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Philippa Heale
Independent Scholar
"Spanish Dance Prints in the Edwin Binney 3rd Dance Print Collection"
Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance

Joseph Hone
D.Phil. Candidate, Jesus College, University of Oxford
"Polemic, Print, and the Death of William III"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Zoë Alexis Lang
Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of South Florida
"Johann Strauss Jr. Materials in the John Milton Ward Collection"
John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre

Jack Lynch
Professor English, Rutgers University
"The Shakespeare Phantom: The Lives of William Henry Ireland"
Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle

Monica Mattfeld
Associate Lecturer, School of English, University of Kent
"Hippodrama, Gender and Nation in Romantic-Period London"
Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre

Josephine McDonagh
Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, King's College London
"Mary Russell Mitford, J.T. Fields and the American contexts of English provincial life"
Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History

Stephen J. Milner
Professor of Italian, University of Manchester
"Venetian Parchment Books in the Renaissance (Biomolecular Analysis and the Parchment Heritage)"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Cristiana Pasqualetti
University of L'Aquila – Department of Human Studies – Ricercatore universitario, Medieval Art History
"Calligraphers and Illuminators at the Papal Court in the Age of the Great Schism: the Calderini Pontifical
(Houghton Library MS Typ 1)"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Paolo Pellegrini
Researcher in Philology of Italian Literature, Università di Verona – Dipartimento di Filologia, Letteratura e Linguistica
"Humanistic and Renaissance annotated books in the Harvard University Library"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Antonio Ricci
Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University
"Orlando Furioso in the collections of Houghton Library, 1516-42"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Leslie Ritchie
Associate Professor of English, Queen's University
"David Garrick and the Mediation of Celebrity"
Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle

Greg Robinson
Professor of History, Université du Québec À Montréal
"The Loyal Opposition: Eleanor Roosevelt and World War II"
William Dearborn Fellowship in American History

Alexander Saminsky
Researcher at Audrey Roubleuv Museum of Old Russian Art and Culture, Moscow
"A Byzantine Gospel Manuscript in Harvard and its circle"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Marc H. Smith
Professor of Medieval and Early-Modern Paleography, École nationale des chartes;
Professor of the History of Writing, École pratique des hautes études
"Early French Writing Manuals, 1560-1815"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Elena Stevens
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southampton
"Venus in Tights: Tableaux Vivants in the Long Nineteenth Century"
Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre

Lucie Sutherland
Teaching Associate in Drama, School of English, University of Nottingham
"George Alexander: actor, manager, theatre professional"
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Anoush F. Terjanian
Associate Professor of History, East Carolina University
"The French-Armenian Connection in the Eighteenth-Century East Indies"
W. Jackson Bate/Douglas W. Bryant/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS)

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