[SIGCIS-Members] 2014-2015 Lemelson Center Fellowships - final call for applications

James Cortada jcortada at umn.edu
Fri Dec 13 15:00:48 PST 2013

Tom is so right to share this with you.  I have done research there twice
on two different projects.  In addition to being a goldmine of paper
records and objects that you can touch and learn to use is the staff--they
are WONDERFUL and the place is easy to work in and to get to materials
fast.  I strongly urge you to figure out a way to go to Washington--a great
town--to also become familiar with other collections, such as those at the
Library of Congress and the U.S. National Archives, both of which are
within walking distance.

On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM, Thomas Haigh <thaigh at computer.org> wrote:

> Eric S. Hintz at the Lemelson Center has requested that this be forwarded
> to the list. There are many collections relevant to the history of IT at
> Tom
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> The *Lemelson Center Fellowship Program* and *Travel to Collections Award
> Program* support projects that present creative approaches to the study
> of invention and innovation in American society. These include, but are not
> limited to, historical research and documentation projects resulting in
> publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or
> other multimedia products.
> The programs provide access to the expertise of the Institution's research
> staff and the vast invention and technology collections of the National
> Museum of American History (NMAH).  The NMAH Archives Center documents both
> individuals and firms across a range of time periods and subject areas.
> Representative collections include the Western Union Telegraph Company
> Records, ca. 1840-1994 and the Earl S. Tupper Papers, documenting Tupper,
> and his invention, Tupperware.  In addition, the NMAH Library offers long
> runs of historical technology serials like *Scientific American* and *American
> Machinist*, and the American Trade Literature collection, which includes
> 300,000 catalogs, technical manuals, and advertising brochures for some
> 30,000 firms, primarily from 1880-1945.  For a comprehensive catalog of
> objects, manuscripts, images and research materials available at the NMAH
> (and other Smithsonian units), see http://www.collections.si.edu/.
> The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of
> research topics that resonate with its mission to foster a greater
> understanding of invention and innovation, broadly defined.  However, the
> Center especially encourages project proposals that will illuminate the
> role of women inventors; inventors with disabilities; inventors from
> diverse backgrounds; or any inventions and technologies associated with
> groups that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.
> Pertinent NMAH collections include the papers of Victor L. Ochoa, a
> Mexican-American aeronautical inventor; the papers of Dr. Patricia Bath, an
> African-American inventor of a patented cataracts treatment; the Safko
> International papers, documenting assistive technologies built for the
> physically disabled; and the HIV/AIDS and LGBT Reference Collections, which
> document innovative public health programs and associated technologies.
> The *Lemelson Center* *Fellowship Program* annually awards 2 to 3
> fellowships to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral scholars,
> and other professionals who have completed advanced training.  Fellows are
> expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the
> Center's activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues
> at the museum.  Fellowship tenure is based upon the applicants’ stated
> needs (and available funding) up to a maximum of ten weeks.  Stipends for
> 2014-2015 will be $575/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $870/week for
> post-doctoral and professional fellows.  *Applications are due 15 January
> 2014.  *For application procedures and additional information, see http://invention.smithsonian.org/
> resources/research_fellowships.aspx.  Researchers are encouraged to
> consult with the fellowship coordinator before submitting a proposal –
> contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D. at +1 202-633-3734 or hintze at si.edu.
> The Lemelson Center *Travel to Collections Award Program* annually awards
> 2 to 3 short-term travel grants to encourage the use of its
> invention-related collections.  Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10
> business days and may be used to cover transportation, living, and
> reproduction expenses; they are intended only for applicants who reside or
> attend school beyond commuting distance of the NMAH.  *Applications are
> due 15 January 2014*.  See
> http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_travel.aspx for
> application procedures and additional information.  Researchers are
> encouraged to consult with the travel award coordinator before submitting a
> proposal – contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or
> oswalda at si.edu.
> ======================
> Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D.
> Historian, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
> National Museum of American History
> Smithsonian Institution
> MRC 604, P. O. Box 37012
> Washington, DC 20013-7012
> PHONE: 202-633-3734
> FAX: 202-633-4593
> hintze at si.edu
> http://invention.smithsonian.org
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James W. Cortada
Senior Research Fellow
Charles Babbage Institute
University of Minnesota
jcortada at umn.edu
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