Eleven outside scholars have been selected by Washington University Libraries as this year's recipients of small grants to help make their research in WU Special Collections feasible.
Traveling to St. Louis from places as far-flung as California and Ireland, the individuals may use the awards for expenses such as lodging, transportation, and photocopying as they pursue research projects drawing on specific resources in one of the Libraries' five special collection units.
Nadia Ghasedi, head of the Visual Media Research Lab, says, "The travel grant program is just one of the many ways we strive to make our rich collections more accessible."
This year's successful applicants—a handful of the many researchers who travel to St. Louis to consult WU Libraries' distinctive collections each year—will be exploring a wide range of resources during their visits. Here are the recipients for 2014-2015, collectively awarded a total of $10,761 in reimbursement funding:
Andrew M. Biswell, professor of modern literature at Manchester Metropolitan University and author of The Real Life of Anthony Burgess, will spend his visit in the Manuscripts unit in Olin Library, researching the Anthony Burgess Papers for an article on drafts of Burgess's novels.
Damian S. Duffy, a doctoral candidate in library studies at the University of Illinois, will research Modern Graphic History Library materials for his dissertation on African-American superheroes and protagonists in comic books and graphic novels.
Bartow J. Elmore is an assistant professor of environmental history at the University of Alabama and author of the forthcoming book Citizen Coke: Coca-Cola Capitalism, An Environmental History. Elmore accessed materials in the University Archives' Monsanto Company Records for his project "Monsanto and the Making of America, 1901-Today."
Ashley Farmer, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research, is working on a book about women and black power. She wants to access interviews with black, female activists in the Film & Media Archive's Henry Hampton Collection.
Rochelle Gold, a doctoral candidate at the University of California-Riverside, wants to access the Libraries' William Gaddis Papers for her dissertation chapter on the writer's portrayal of education in his novel JR.
Dana K. Greene is an emeritus professor of history at Oxford College of Emory University and the author of several books on 20th-century poets. She will be consulting the Libraries' Elizabeth Jennings Papers in preparation for a biography.
Jeffrey Severs, an assistant professor of English at the University of British Columbia and the author of several articles on late-20th-century novelists, is writing a book on the idea of contract in novels. Severs will consult novel drafts and professional correspondence in the Manuscripts unit’s William Gaddis Papers.
Stevphen Shukaitis is a lecturer at the Centre for Work, Organization and Society at the University of Essex. He will visit the Manuscripts unit to consult the Alexander Trocchi Papers on the subject of Trocchi's Sigma Project, a plan for an "insurrection of a million minds" influenced by Situationist philosophy.
Steve Spence, an associate professor of visual and performing arts at Clayton State University, is writing a book on new media and civil rights activism. He is interested in the use of music to accompany key sequences of the Eyes on the Prize documentary, and consulted production notes and other materials held within the Hampton Collection.
tonya thames taylor is an associate professor of history at West Chester University who plans to consult the Film & Media Archive's collections for her article, "Defining Inalienable Rights: Henry Hampton, William Miles and Identity Politics in Film."
Hannah Van Hove, a doctoral candidate in English literature at the University of Glasgow, is working on a dissertation titled "Towards an Alternative Genealogy of the Postwar British Novel," with Alexander Trocchi one of the three novelists on which she focuses. Van Hove hopes to consult both the Trocchi archive and additional Manuscripts unit materials relevant to another of the novelists featured in her dissertation, Ann Quin.
The travel grants competition is a yearly effort by the staff of Special Collections. To learn more, to go library.wustl.edu/units/spec/tg/tg2014.html.