The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Library invites applications for the 2013 Central New York Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholars Program. The program aims to attract scholarly attention to the primary source collections held by corridor institutions (Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, Colgate University, and Hamilton College). Four grants of $2,500 each will be awarded to scholars whose projects draw upon collections of at least two corridor institutions. Two awardees will be selected from corridor institutions and two will be selected from outside of the corridor. Graduate students and faculty are encouraged to apply.


Some of the collecting strengths that are shared across repositories in the corridor include:


-Abolitionism (Frederick Douglass and Gerrit Smith.)

-American religion (Shaker and Oneida communities, anti-Catholic, anti-Masonic materials)


-Architecture and design (Marcel Breuer, Andrew Dickson White, and Claude Bragdon)


-Gender and sexuality (Human Sexuality Collection, Grove Press Records, Suffrage Collections)


-Modern literature (T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Walt Whitman, Rudyard Kipling, Joyce Carol Oates)


-Photography (Andrew J. Russel, Margaret Bourke White, George Eastman House)


-Popular culture (Dime novels, pulp magazines, children’s literature)


-Recorded sound (Belfer Audio Archive, Cornell’s Hip-Hop Collection, Sibley Music Library)


Awardees are expected to spend at least ten days conducting research. (The amount of time spent at each institution need not be equal.) Towards the close of each visit, each awardee will give an informal presentation of their work at Syracuse University’s Humanities Center. Criteria for selection include the anticipated impact of the project on the applicant’s field of inquiry, the degree to which targeted collections support the proposed project, and the innovative use of primary source materials in research and publication.


Applications should include the following elements:


-Narrative. The narrative should frame the overall scope of the project and detail its significance within the context of the applicant’s discipline. It should identify specific target collections from at least two corridor institutions. (3 pages)


-Project timeline. This should include start and end dates for the project and the amount of time the scholar will spend at each institution. Applicants may wish to designate a “home base” and then detail how he or she will access other collections in the Corridor. (1 page)


-Budget. The budget should show expenses for transportation, lodging, and board. Other expenses may be allowed. (1 page)


-Curriculum vita. (2 pages)

-2 letters of support. (Sent with other application materials.)


Please send completed applications no later than April 30 , 2013.


Barbara Brooker

Assistant to the Senior Director

Special Collections Research Center

Syracuse University Library


Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of librarians and faculty from each Corridor institution. Grant recipients will be announced in late May 2012. Research visits may begin as early as June 2013 and must be completed no later than June 2014.


Special Collections Libraries in the CNY Humanities Corridor


Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center


Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections


University of Rochester, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation


Hamilton College Library, Special Collections


Colgate University Libraries, Special Collections


The Central New York Humanities Corridor


The Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor ( is a unique regional collaboration between Syracuse University, Cornell University, and University of Rochester in seven different areas of research and humanistic inquiry. Each institution brings a vibrant and distinguished humanistic scholarly tradition to the collective work of the CNY Humanities Corridor. In the aggregate, the Corridor’s programs bolster the relationships, productivity, and reciprocity common to the region’s humanities community, as well as heightened visibility, enhancing public engagement in its activities. The initiative is today regarded as a highly visible scholarly presence in the region, if not nationally, as a new model of collaboration and resource-sharing that can also be adapted to other regions and inter-university partnerships.

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