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. The Library's holdings are particularly strong in the following areas: European, English, American, and South American literature, including the country's pre-eminent collection of American literary manuscripts; philosophy; religion; history of science; music; printing and graphic arts; dance; and theatre.  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 (HOLLIS), 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 2014 through June 2015 (these do not have to be consecutive weeks), and each fellow is expected to produce a written summary of your experience working with the collection. The stipend for each fellowship is $3,600.  Applicants need not apply for specific fellowships, as the Selection Committee would determine which fellowship is best suited to your research.

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Fellowships to be Awarded in 2014-2015

  • 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 can send material electronically to Duhaime@fas.harvard.edu or can write to The Fellowship Selection Committee, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138, and provide the following material:

  • Application form;
  • 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.  Clearly state the Houghton Library collection material that you wish to consult and why viewing the originals (if they are available in different formats) is crucial to your research;
  • A current curriculum vitae; and
  • Two letters of recommendation (these may be included with your application packet or sent directly from your referees).

The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2014.  For further information, call 617-495-2441.

A scholar is welcome to apply each year and if awarded a fellowship, a period of 5 years must elapse before another fellowship could be awarded. 

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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 2013–2014 Visiting Fellows

Gottfried Adam
Professor, University of Vienna, Austria
"'Thumb Bible – a specific genre of children’s literature’ and the importance of the collections of the Houghton Library"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Chiara Ambrosio
Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, University College London
"Charles S. Peirce’s History of Science"
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Miguel Ariño-Durand, O.P.
Etudiant en doctorat en co-direction, Institut Catholique de Paris
"La Vie de la Bienheureuse Vierge Marie dans les traditions apocryphes syro-orientales"
Houghton Library Fellowship

Hala Auji
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art History, Binghamton University, SUNY
"Typesetting Modernity: American Missionary Publications and the Nascent Press in the Middle East (1820-1870)"
Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History

Louise Curran
Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, University of Oxford
"Editing correspondence in the Johnson circle:  Hester Thrale Piozzi, Anna Seward and Percival Stockdale"
Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle

Giuseppe D’Ottavi
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut des Textes et Manuscrits modernes, Paris, France
"From Geneva to Harvard, through India: Ferdinand de Saussure Papers at Houghton Library"
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Steffi Dippold
Lecturer, Department of English, Stanford University
"The Missionary Matriarchive: John Eliot’s Wampanoag Bible and the Materiality of Colonial Bookmaking"
Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts

Scott Enderle
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Skidmore College
"Bluestocking Copyright: Gender, Property, and the Intellectual Commons"
Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History

Holly James-Maddocks
Ph.D. Candidate, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
"Collaborative Book Production in Fifteenth Century London: Scribes and Illuminators, 1420-1490"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Kevin Kim
Postdoctoral Fellow, Thinking Matters Program, VPUE, Stanford University
"Diplomacies of Dissent: Henry Wallace, Herbert Hoover, and Cold War America’s Rise in the World"
William Dearborn Fellowship in American History

Zoe LeBlanc
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Vanderbilt University
"Rethinking Missions in the Middle East: The Life of Alford Carleton and the History of United States-Middle East Relations"
Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts

Charles Legere
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
"'Student Was "Out"; They often Get that Way…’: A Secret and 'Living’ History of American Poetry via its 'Accidents’ and The Woodberry Poetry Room"
Houghton Library Fellowship

Philip Lockley
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford
"Emerson’s Transatlantic Socialist Network"
Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship

Simon Macdonald
Teaching Fellow, University College London; Visiting Fellow, Beinecke Library, Yale University
"The novelist Elizabeth Meeke, the Minerva Press, and the late eighteenth-century literary market"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Christopher F. Minty
Ph.D. Candidate, School of Arts & Humanities, University of Stirling
"Loyalism and Community:  New York, c. 1763-1783"
William Dearborn Fellowship in American History

David Montejano
Professor of Ethnic Studies and History, University of California, Berkeley
"The Charles Stillman Papers and the Trade in Southern Cotton during the American Civil War"
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Warren Oakley
Independent Scholar
"The Eclipse of Jupiter and the Secret World of Theatre:  The First Biography of Thomas Harris, the Proprietor and Manager of Covent Garden Theatre, 1774-1820"
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Erin Pauwels
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of the History of Art, Indiana University
"Sarony's Living Pictures: Performance, Photography & Gilded Age American Art"
Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre

Paolo Pellegrini
Researcher in Philology of Italian Literature at Universita di Verona
"Humanistic and Renaissance Annotated Books in Houghton Library"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Monica Peretto
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Humanities, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy
"Houghton Library MS Typ 555, the Bible Historiale of Charles V of France (1364-80) and its scribe, Raoulet d’Orleans?"
Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts

Ligia Ravenna Pinheiro
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Dance, The Ohio State University
"Early Nineteenth Century Italian Ballet Libretti"
Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance

Robert Sandberg
Adjunct Professor of Education, California State University, Los Angeles
"A transcription of the manuscripts comprising Herman Melville’s poems 'At the Hostelry’ and 'Naples in the Time of Bomba’ and related prose pieces [MS Am 188 (386 A, B, and C)], which, along with reading texts, will be published in Volume 13 of the Northwestern-Newberry edition of the Writings of Herman Melville"
Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts

Niccola Shearman
Ph.D. Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art
"Final form and formal reduction: the role of the woodcut in the work of Lyonel Feininger"
Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts

Daniel Sheerin
Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Notre Dame
"Marketing the Missal"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Claude Willan
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, Stanford University
"Hostile Takeover: The Tory Seizure of Eighteenth-Century Literary History"
W. Jackson Bate/Douglas W. Bryant/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)

Ingeborg Zechner
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Musicology, University of Graz
"Opera Business in Nineteenth Century London"
John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre

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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

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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