Erika and Ken Riley share a special interest in medieval history. Erika’s own fascination dates back to her childhood in Germany, when she was captivated by the old books and antiques in her grandparent’s home and by stories of medieval times. read on
The Pursuit of Knowledge
Some 1,700 scholars come from around the world every year to conduct advanced humanities research using The Huntington’s collections. Through a rigorous peer-review program, the institution awards approximately 200 fellowships
to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science. Scholarly pursuits lead to best-selling books, Pulitzer Prizes, acclaimed documentary films, and many of the history and social studies textbooks that educate the nation’s school children.
Partnerships and Institutes
Through a partnership with the University of Southern California, The Huntington has established two research centers:
USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute
supports research on societies between 1450 and 1850. The
Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
brings together historians and other scholars, students, writers, journalists, and policymakers to investigate and debate the rich history of California and the American West, with access to the Huntington's rare materials.
Conferences and Lectures
The Huntington hosts a number of academic
annually, recruiting notable
conveners and scholars. For information about convening conferences that reflect or build upon the strength of the Huntington's
collections, visit Guidelines for Proposing Conferences.
Readers (as scholars at The Huntington are known) have included Nobel Laureates (Richard Feynman), Oscar winners (Katharine Hepburn), and Grammy winners (Ian Whitcomb). Some 20 Pulitzer Prize-winning historians and other major prize winners have used the collections. Their work has cut across many fields: literature (Wallace Stegner), history (James McPherson, Irving Stone, and Gordon Wood), film and television (George Cukor and Ken Burns), and astronomy (Edwin Hubble), among others.