The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and Virginia Tech’s Special Collections invite applications for the 2014-15 Virginia Center for Civil War Studies Research Grants. Each grant recipient will visit Virginia Tech’s Special Collections in order to conduct research on some aspect of the American Civil War era. An honorarium of $100 per business day will be provided, up to a maximum of $1,000. Recipients will also have the opportunity to give an informal presentation on their projects during their visit. Graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars are all eligible.
Virginia Tech’s Special Collections contain one of the largest concentrations of Civil War-related research materials in the world, including 10,000 rare and unique printed sources, and hundreds of manuscript collections containing diaries, letters, ledgers, official papers, and other formats. Highlights include soldiers’ accounts from both the Union and the Confederacy; printed memoirs and regimental histories; correspondence from the homefront; primary sources focused on slavery and abolitionism; papers documenting political change in Virginia and the South throughout the 1860s; and records of postwar groups focused on memorializing the Civil War. More information about our collections is available at http://spec.lib.vt.edu/civwar/
Applicants should submit the following as pdf files to email@example.com: (1) a brief C.V; (2) a summary of their research aims, including the relevance of specific holdings of Virginia Tech’s Special Collections, and the length of visit desired (no more than two pages); (3) one letter of reference, which may be sent directly from the reference writer. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on February 14, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by March 31, 2014, and will be expected to complete their visit before May 31, 2015.
Questions? Please contact Paul Quigley, Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org; 504/231-9090) or Aaron Purcell, Director of Special Collections (email@example.com; 540/231-6308). You can also keep up with the latest news and events at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies website (http://www.civilwar.vt.edu/) or our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/VCCWS).
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