The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute
(EMSI) supports advanced research and scholarship on human societies between 1450 and 1850. The Institute’s range is global. Unlike existing centers that focus on particular regions, the Institute aims to advance knowledge of the diverse societies in and around the Atlantic and Pacific basins.
The Institute is composed of a community of scholars based in the Los Angeles region and supplemented by short- and long-term visitors. EMSI strives to provide a suitable setting for nourishing intellectual achievement, advancing interdisciplinary research, and sharing path-breaking discoveries. The Institute aims to promote new avenues for research in the humanities and social sciences.
Positioned in a city that is intellectually vibrant and demographically diverse, the Institute will combine the strengths of a major urban university with a world class independent research institution. The Institute’s programs contribute to the development of a range of traditional disciplines (primarily but not exclusively history, literature, and the history of art) by bringing together the insights and techniques of scholars who share an interest in early modern peoples and cultures.
The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
—or ICW—is a collaboration begun in the summer of 2004 between the University of Southern California and The Huntington.
The ICW is focused on the exploration of the history and culture of California and the American West. ICW utilizes the remarkable resources of The Huntington (its collections, curators, and scholars) as the foundation upon which to build programs, courses, and public outreach through the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (and its first-rate collection of scholars and students) at the University of Southern California. Visit www.usc.edu/icw for more information.
In November 2006, The Huntington acquired an extraordinary addition to its library collections: the gift of the entire Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Burndy Library, composed of some 67,000 rare books and reference volumes, as well as a collection of scientific instruments. Combined with the Huntington’s holdings, the collection becomes one of the most extensive in the history of science and technology
in the world. After cataloging and processing, the
collection is now available to scholars (registered Huntington readers
). Accompanying the library is the Dibner History of Science Program
at The Huntington. This program will fund long- and short-term
fellowships, an annual conference, a lecture series, and an ongoing