The American Antiquarian Society has been awarding visiting research
fellowships since 1972-73. These stipend-bearing awards have enabled a
diverse group of researchers to spend anywhere from one month to a full
year in residence at the Society. It would be hard to exaggerate how
important the fellowship program has been in making the Society the vital
center for research in American history and culture that it is today. All
of the staff over the past quarter century are proud of the program and
pleased with what it has meant for the fellows themselves and for the
development of scholarship in all of the fields that the AAS library's
collections support. Bearing testimony to the impact that the program has
had on the fellows themselves, on the fields of American historical and
cultural research through 1876, and on AAS as an institution are the
essays drawn from a symposium marking the program's twenty-fifth
anniversary and published under the title A Quarter Century of Visiting
Fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society, 1972-1997.
We are pleased to issue this directory of all American Antiquarian Society
fellows and research associates in residence from 1972-73 to the present
on the Society's website. Although the Society is not a university and it
grants no degrees, these individuals constitute a very important
"alumni" body. AAS is a learned society and research library; few scholars
have made longer, more intensive, or better use of the Society's rich
resources than the hundreds of women and men listed here.
The Society's Council, or governing body, in 1970 authorized the
establishment at AAS of a program of funded visiting research fellowships
in order to make more readily available its unparalleled resources in
American history and culture. The first fellowships were awarded two years
later. They were short-term grants, with modest stipends that helped
defray the expenses that scholars incurred in spending from one to three
months in residence at the Society. In 1976-77, funds became available to
provide fellowships at income-replacement levels to allow researchers
access to AAS collections for periods ranging from six months to a full
year. Several categories of short-term awards, drawing on various funding
sources, have been instituted over the years. The long-term awards have
been made possible by a succession of grants to the Society from the
National Endowment for the Humanities and, more recently, by grants from
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's
Digest Fund in the mid-1990s allowed the Society to add fellowship
competitions for elementary and secondary school teachers and for creative
and performing artists and writers. Other sources of financial support
have enabled the artist fellowship program to continue beyond the
expiration of the Wallace grant.
These fellows and research associates have come from nearly all of the
fifty states and from the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, the West Indies,
Australia, and Asia. The visitors have ranged from promising young
graduate students embarked on their doctoral dissertations to some of the
most accomplished writers of American historical literature. Many of the
fellows have produced significant publications based in part on their
mining of the rich veins of research materials housed in the stacks of
Antiquarian Hall. Their work has markedly enriched humanistic research and
teaching in America in the last generation.
The information contained in the biographical listings has, in most cases,
been supplied or verified by the fellow or research associate. In the
entries, the scholar's name is followed by the name and date of the
fellowship(s) held, by the person's title and institution at the time of
residence, and by the title of the research project(s) carried out at
Next comes a listing of the fellow's academic degrees, with
institutions and dates. The section denoted Fellowship Publications lists
articles or books that stemmed from research carried out at AAS during the
fellowship. The results for the K-12 teacher and artist fellowships are
listed following the rubric Fellowship Outcomes. The heading Other
Publlications precedes a selective list of other significant publications
fellow. The individual's current (or last known) address(es), including
e-mail addresses in many cases, follows.
AAS-NEH: AAS-National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships,
1976-present, from a succession of grants from NEH program of fellowships
at Centers for Advanced Study.
AAS-NEMLA: AAS-Northeast Modern Language Association Fellowships,
1988-92 and 1999-present,
from funds provided jointly by AAS and NEMLA.
AAS-ASECS: AAS-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Fellowships, 1989-present, from funds provided jointly by AAS and ASECS.
AHPCS: American Historical Print Collectors Society Fellowships,
1996-present, from funds provided by the American Historical Print
Artist: Fellowships for creative and performing artists and
1995-present, from a grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.
Baron: Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship, 2000-present, from
the income on an endowment provided by Robert and Charlotte Baron.
Boni: Albert Boni Fellowships, 1980-89, from annual gifts from
the family of Albert Boni; Boni Fellowships, 1990-92, from annual gifts
from William F. Boni.
Botein: Stephen Botein Fellowships, 1989-present, from income on an
endowment fund established by family and friends of the late Stephen
Daniels: Fred Harris Daniels Fellowships, 1974-81, from income from
challenge grant from the Fred Harris Daniels Foundation; 1981-82, from the
Society's general unrestricted income.
Drawn to Art: "Drawn to Art" Fellowship, 2000-present, income on an
endowment fund established by Diana Korzenik.
Hearst: William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowships,
2000-present, from the income on an endowment established by the William
Randolph Hearst Foundation.
Hiatt: Frances Hiatt Fellowships, 1980-93, from annual gifts from
Haven: Samuel Foster Haven Fellowships (named in honor of a
nineteenth-century scholar and librarian of AAS), 1982-85, from a grant
from the Exxon Education Foundation; 1985-87, from restricted endowment
K-12: Fellowships for K-12 Teachers and Librarians, 1994-97, from a
from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.
Last: Jay and Deborah Last Fellowships, 2007-present, from gifts
from Jay and Deborah Last.
Last for Artists: Jay and Deborah Last Fellowships, 2007-present,
from gifts from Jay and Deborah Last.
Legacy: Legacy Fellowship, 1999-present, from gifts from former
fellows and research associates.
Mellon: Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, 1973-74, from income on an
grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Mellon Postdoc.: Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowships,
from a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Mellon Post-Diss.: Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellowship,
a grant from The Andrew W. Mellow Foundation.
Mellon Dist. Scholar: Mellon Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence,
1998-present, from a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Morgan: Richard F. and Virginia P. Morgan Fellowship,
funds by provided by Richard P. Morgan, of Willoughby, Ohio, in memory of
his parents, formerly of Worcester, Massachusetts
Peterson: Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowships, 1983-present,
income from an endowment provided by Mr. and Mrs. Hall J. Peterson.
RA: Research Associates, 1982-present; research associates are
(without AAS stipends) holding sabbaticals or other funded fellowships.
Reese: Reese Fellowships, 1999-present, from funds provided by the
William Reese Company, New Haven, Connecticut.
Rockefeller: Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, 1973-76 (jointly
Clark University), from funds from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Sigety: Sigety Family Foundation Fellowship, 2000-present, from
gifts made by Charles E. Sigety through the Sigety Family Foundation.
Tracy: Joyce Tracy Fellowships, 1997-present, from income on an
established by family and friends of the Society's longtime curator of
newspapers and periodicals.
U.S. Steel: United States Steel Foundation Fellowships, 1972-73,
under funds granted by the United States Steel Foundation.
We believe that the information contained in this directory will be useful
to many people who wish to know more about how the collections and
programs of AAS have helped advance scholarship. But, even if this
directory serves no other purpose, it will at least remind all of those
listed in it in the Society's deep and continuing interest in their work
and in their whereabouts.
John B. Hench
Vice President for
Collections and Programs