Columbia University Libraries Announces Research Awards Winners
NEW YORK, May 21, 2013 –

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the ten recipients of the Libraries Research Awards. The Libraries Research Awards program, established in 2011, provides $2,500 grants to facilitate access to Columbia's special and unique collections.


Grants were awarded on a competitive basis to scholars whose research proposals demonstrated a compelling need to consult CUL holdings for their work.  Participating libraries and special collections include: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.

This year’s awardees, projects, and collections of interest are:

John Bak, Professor, Universite’ de Lorraine
Project:  
Gathering Up the ‘Pieces of [His] Youth’: A Study of Tennessee Williams’ Non-Fiction
Collections: RBML, Tennessee Williams Papers

Douglas Duckworth, Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University
Project:
 Redactions from India in Modern Tibet
Collections:
Starr, Tibetan collections

Reto Geiser, Assistant Professor, Rice University
Project:  
Giedion In Between
Collections: Avery, Serge Chermayeff Papers

Kirin Makker, Assistant Professor, Hobart & William Smith College
Project:  
Mail Order Main Street: Storefronts, Streetscaping, Goods
Collections:
Avery, Trade catalogue collection

Anna Marshall Shields, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Project: 
Mapping the Social: A Reexamination of the Mid-Tang Yuefu (Music Bureau Poetry
Collections: Starr, Collections on medieval Chinese literature

Amy R. M. O’Keefe, Graduate Student, University of California San Diego
Project:
In the War but Not of the War: The Protestant Public Sphere in WW-II-era China
Collections:
Burke, Missionary Research Library Archive

Kelly R. O’Reilly, Graduate Student, Vanderbilt University
Project:
‘The Most Important Cause There Is’: Mary and Albert Lasker and the Birth Control Federation of America
Collections: RBML, Mary Lasker Papers and oral history

Zachary Smith, Graduate Student, University of North Carolina
Project:
Reading Citizens: Popular Literacy Programs and the Construction of the Chinese Political Subject, 1898-1937
Collections: RBML, International Institute for Rural Reconstruction Records

Helsea Stripe, Graduate Student, Purdue University
Project:
(Im)mobility in a Culture of Containment: Rebellion and the Women of the Beat Generation
Collections: RBML, Beat Collections (Kerouac, Jones, Ginsberg, Orlovsky, Corso, et al.)

Matthew Unangst, Graduate Student, Temple University
Project:
Making East Africa: Colonialism, Race, and Islam
Collections:
Burke, “Missionssammler” and “Berliner Missionsberichte”

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