2019 Special Collections Fellows Selected

A new cohort of fellows will be visiting the University of Oklahoma Libraries’ special collections this summer. Five emerging scholars were selected from three competitive fellowship offerings to study within the Western History Collections. Two scholars have received Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowships to study within the History of Science Collections over the summer.

“The diversity of awarded fellowships demonstrates the broad multidisciplinary impact inherent in both the Western History and the History of Science Collections,” said Bridget Burke, OU Libraries associate dean for special collections.

The Masterson Fellowship, endowed by Conrad and Ellen Masterson of Cee Vee, Texas, provides opportunities for visiting scholars to conduct research in the Western History Collections for up to three months. The fellowship is open to advanced graduate students, faculty or independent scholars whose original scholarly research will benefit directly from the materials held in OU’s Western History Collections.

The Masterson Fellowship has been awarded to two recipients for summer 2019: Megan Baker from the University of California, Los Angeles, for her project, “Oklahoman Progress: Development and Choctaw Land in Southeastern Oklahoma,” and Cecily Zander from Pennsylvania State University for “Agents of Empire: The U.S. Army, Native Americans, and the Civil War in the Making of the American West.”

The Jack Haley Fellowship, endowed by Fred and Patricia Schonwald of Oklahoma City, provides fellowships for graduate students in the Department of History in the OU College of Arts and Sciences. The two recipients of the summer 2019 fellowship are Mark Boxell for “Petroleum’s Frontier: Oklahoma’s Oil Boom and the Ecology of Settler Colonialism” and Leroy Myers for “Other Indians and Freedmen: the Legacy of Black Migration in Oklahoma, 1840-1921.”

The Dale Society Fellowship, supported by the Association of Western History Collections Endowment, supports graduate students in other OU graduate programs outside of the Department of History. This year’s recipient is Christina Giacona, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology, for her project “Intercultural Mediation and the Rediscovered Compositions of Cherokee Composer Jack Frederick Kilpatrick.”

“We received many proposals from graduate students and scholars interested in the fellowships’ support for research in the collections and some for work experience in the WHC curatorial environment,” Burke said. “The caliber and the range of topics reflected in the proposals we received speaks to the capacity of the Western History Collections to advance research across many areas of inquiry.”
The Mellon Travel Fellowship is supported through an endowment provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the History of Science Department and the History of Science Collections. The Mellon fellowship program is open to scholars at the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral level and are available year-round.

The two recipients this summer are Mike Keas, a lecturer in history and philosophy of science at Biola University, California, for his project, “Myths About Science and Religion From Newton to Hawking,” and David Salomoni, faculty of education at Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, Italy, for his project, “Teaching of Science and Catholic Education in Early Modern Europe.”

The Mellon fellowship program is available to researchers who reside outside the central Oklahoma area, and who have well-defined research projects that can be served by the holdings of the History of Science Collections. Learn more and apply online.

More information and applications for the summer 2020 Western History Collections fellowships are also available at https://libraries.ou.edu/whcfellows.
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