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

To be considered for a fellowship, applicants should complete the online application form, which requires:

  1. a narrative description of the proposed project (up to 500 words);
  2. a list of collection material that will be consulted as initial points inquiry in the project;
  3. a narrative description of the applicability of these Houghton materials to your project (up to 350 words); and
  4. an uploaded curriculum vitae.

Additionally, a completed application must include two letters of support, which should be sent under separate cover by either emailing to duhaime@fas.harvard.edu or sent to Houghton Library, Harvard University, ATTN: Fellowship Program, Cambridge MA 02138.

Scholars are welcome to apply each year. If awarded a fellowship, however, a period of 5 years must elapse before another fellowship may be awarded. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 16, 2015.  For further information, contact Monique Duhaime at duhaime@fas.harvard.edu or 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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WPR Creative Fellowship

The Woodberry Poetry Room sponsors a creative fellowship for poets, artists, and scholars. The next deadline for application is: January 15, 2015. View the online application.

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Undergraduate Houghton Library Fellowships

Houghton Library invites Harvard undergraduates to work with our collections this summer (2015), supported by an inaugural Harvard Undergraduate Fellowship. View more information.

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Houghton Library 2015–2016 Visiting Fellows

Claire Bowditch (joint application with Elaine Hobby)
University Teacher, Loughborough University
"Harvard Library Resources in the Cambridge Edition of the Writings of Aphra Behn"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Katherine Culkin
Associate Professor, Department of History, Bronx Community College, CUNY
“‘For the Love of Your Sister’: Ellen Tucker Emerson, Edith Emerson Forbes, and the Emerson Legacy”
Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship

Rick DesRochers
Associate Professor of Theatre, Long Island University Post
“Putting It Over in Vaudeville: An Anthology of Vaudeville Acts, Sketches and Scenarios”
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Mehmet Ali Dogan
Assistant Professor, Istanbul Technical University, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
“American Missionary Activities and Modernization in the Middle East”
William Dearborn Fellowship in American History

David L. Gants
Associate Professor of English, Florida State University; Editor, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America
“An Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

John Gill
Independent Scholar
“Lithographed portraits in the Dance Collections of the Houghton Library”
Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre

Anselm Heinrich
Lecturer in Theatre Studies; Head of Theatre Studies, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow
“Theatre in Europe under German Occupation during World War II”
John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre

Wilhelm Hemecker
University Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Vienna; Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography, Vienna
“Analysis of the holdings of Richard Beer-Hofmann regarding a historical critical edition of selected works”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Elaine Hobby (joint application with Claire Bowditch)
Professor of Seventeenth-Century Studies, Loughborough University
"Harvard Library Resources in the Cambridge Edition of the Writings of Aphra Behn"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Brooke Hunter
Assistant Professor of English, Villanova University
“Forging Boethius: De disciplina scolarium and the Making of the Medieval Boethius”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Christa Jansohn
Chair of British Studies, University of Bamberg (Germany)
“The Two Cranach ‘Hamlets’"
Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts

Sergey Konaev
Principal Researcher, The State Institute for Art Studies (Theatre Legacy Publication Department), Moscow, Russia
“Anna Pavlova as Ambassadress: Bringing the Russian Ballet Repertoire to the West”
Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance

Heather Kopelson
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Alabama
“Idolatrous Processions: The Production of Peoples and Places in the Atlantic World”
Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance

Francesca Manzari
Researcher in Medieval Art History, "Sapienza" University of Rome
“Italian Books of Hours at the Houghton Library”
Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History

Daniel Matore
Ph.D. Candidate, New College, University of Oxford
“The Genesis of Modernist Typography: the poetry of E.E. Cummings”
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Laura Miller
Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
“Reading Popular Newtonianism, 1670-1792”
W. Jackson Bate/Douglas W. Bryant/American Society for Eighteenth‑Century Studies (ASECS)

Katerina Pantelides
Ph.D. Candidate, Courtauld Institute of Art
“Skill, Improvisation, and Vulnerability in the American Ballet Dancer’s Body c.1940-69”
Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre

J. Alison Rosenblitt
Lecturer, Balliol College (Oxford); Affiliation: Classics Faculty (Oxford)
“E.E. Cummings in the Great War”
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Peter Sabor
Canada Research Chair and Professor of English, McGill University
“Additional Letters of Frances Burney, 1791-1840”
Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle

Eva Franziska Schmid
Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University
“Education and Learning in the Age of American Transcendentalism”
Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship

Pavel Sladek
Associate Professor of Hebrew Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague
“The early editions of the works of Rabbi Mordecai Yaffe: A case study in an early modern published author and his social network”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Zachary Stone
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia
“The Rule of Heaven: Devotional Polity, the City, and Later Middle English Literature”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Mark Storey
Assistant Professor of American Literature, University of Warwick
“Gore Vidal, American politics, and the classical world”
Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts

Michael Plygawko Sullivan
Ph.D. Candidate, Trinity College, Cambridge
“Tennyson’s Harvard Notebooks: Poetic Revision and the Development of Song”
Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts

Masaaki Takeda
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
“Travel Books and Factual Fictions: Defoe, Swift, Psalmanazar”
Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle

Huub van der Linden
Research fellow, University College Roosevelt, the Netherlands
“Celebrity, print, and the stage in seventeenth-century Italy: The Houghton Library collection of laudatory broadsides”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

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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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