This fellowship supports research in American religious history involving the collections of the Boston Athenaeum and the Congregational Library. The award includes a stipend of $1,500 and applications are due by April 15 every year.
Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and letter of intent describing the proposed project and citing specific materials from the Boston Athenaeum's collections. Graduate students must also include a letter of recommendation from their faculty advisor. Candidates will be notified by April 30th.
Mail applications to: Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 or email applications to: Mary Warnement.
For further information please contact Peggy Bendroth.
Past Recipients of the ACA-Boston Athenaeum Fellowship
|Ph.D. candidate, University of Notre Dame|
|"The Common School Awakening: Education, Religion, and Reform in Transatlantic Perspective, 1800-1848"|
|Ph.D. candidate, George Washington University|
|"Divided Faiths: The Rise of Segregated Northern Churches, 1730-1850"|
|2010-2011||Mary Kupiec Clayton|
|Professor, Miami University|
|"A Divine and Supernatural Light: Religious Emotion and the Rise of Evangelical Culture in America, 1740-1840"|
|2008-2009||H. Paul Thompson, Jr.|
|Assistant Professor, North Greenville University, Tigerville, SC|
|"The Swan Song of Antebellum Reform: Temperance Reform in Post-Emancipation Atlanta, 1865-1887."|
|2007-2008||Professor William Van Arragon|
|King's College, Edmonton, Alberta|
|for revising his dissertation, "Cotton Mather in American Cultural Memory," for publication|
The Congregational Library is now a member of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a group of seventeen premiere libraries and archives. Other members include Harvard's Business School, Medical School and Houghton Libraries, as well as the Boston Athenaeum, all of New England's state historical societies, Mystic Seaport, and Historic Deerfield. NERFC provides scholarship aid to researchers needing to consult at least three of these collections. For more information, please consult the NERFC page on the MHS website or contact Peggy Bendroth.
The Congregational Library also provides small but helpful travel scholarships for qualified researchers. Please contact Peggy Bendroth for more information.