HUNTINGTON ANNOUNCES RESEARCH AWARDS FOR 2012–13More than $1.5 million granted to 137 scholars to work with special collections. Recipients include Pulitzer Prize–Winner Alan Taylor.
May 2, 2012
SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has announced its recipients of long- and short-term fellowships for the 2012–13 academic year. Awards totaling $1.5 million will fund 137 scholars in the humanities at The Huntington, including 19 for the full academic year.
Among the awards is a new fellowship named in honor of Robert C. Ritchie, who retired in June 2011 after 19 years as The Huntington’s W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research.
“Fittingly,” says Steve Hindle, the new director of research at The Huntington, “our inaugural Ritchie Distinguished Fellow in Early American History will be one of the premiere scholars in the field—Alan Taylor.” Taylor, from the University of California, Davis, won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1996 for William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Public. The Huntington awards five distinguished fellowships by invitation to senior scholars; the other awards are distributed to applicants through a rigorous and highly competitive peer-review process.
The use of The Huntington’s book and manuscript collections result in many award¬-winning projects, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning book in history from 2008: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848, by Daniel Walker Howe. Two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in History this year, Anne Hyde (author of Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800–1860) and Richard White (author of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America), conducted much of their research at The Huntington. David W. Blight of Yale University, the Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th-Century American History at The Huntington in 2010–11, was elected this month to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Fellowships also provide vital support for junior faculty and graduate students. New this year is a program funded by The Huntington to send six American doctoral candidates to undertake research in archives and libraries in the United Kingdom. Another award, the Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowship, has expanded to support three full-year appointments to nontenured professors seeking the time and resources to spend the year at The Huntington converting their dissertations into published books.
As one of the largest granting institutions for research in the humanities, The Huntington supports scholars conducting work in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science. Awards are granted for periods of one month up to one year. Funding for the awards comes from a variety of sources, including the W. M. Keck Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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In blending a research program with strong holdings in British history, early American history, California and the West, literature, and the history of science, The Huntington has emerged as a key research center in the United States for humanistic study. Through a partnership with the University of Southern California, The Huntington also sponsors two research institutes: the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, each of which presents full slates of seminars and conferences during the academic year. Through the Huntington Library Press, the institution produces the Huntington Library Quarterly and several books each year.