Columbia University Libraries Announces Research Awards Winners
NEW YORK, May 12, 2015 –

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is pleased to announce the ten recipients of the 2015 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 Columbia University Libraries holdings for their work.  Participating libraries and special collections include: Avery Architectural and Fine Arts LibraryBurke Library at Union Theological Seminary, the Libraries’ Global Studies collections, Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML), and C. V. Starr East Asian Library.

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

Hadji Bakara, Graduate Student, University of Chicago
Project: Empire of Dignity: A Literary History of Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
Collections: Global Studies & RBML; Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research

Kristina Borrman, Graduate Student, University of California, Los Angeles
Project: Statistical Portraits of American Cities: Edith Elmer Wood and New Deal Housing Policy
Collections: Avery; Edith Elmer Wood papers

Anne Carly Buxton, Graduate Student, University of Chicago
Project: Two-Way Passage: The Nisei of Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP)
Collections: RBML; Occupation of Japan oral history project, 2003

Elena Suet-Ying Chiu, Associate Profession of Chinese, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Project: Public Voices: The Late-Qing Short Stories on Contemporary Events
Collections: Starr; historical Manchu materials

Gregory Cuéllar, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Project: “Samuel Rolles Driver’s Portrayal of the East”
Collections: Burke; Charles Augustus Briggs papers

Cara Fallon, Graduate Student, Harvard University
Project: Cities for Old and Young: Accidental Falls and Perceptions of Space in Modern New York City
Collections: Avery; Pepper, Parks Council, and Londino collections among others

Abram Foley, Graduate Student, Pennsylvania State University
Project: In a Dalkey Archive: A Contemporary History of Literary Modernity
Collections: RBML; Dalkey Archive Press records

Chad D. Frazier, Graduate Student, Georgetown University
Project: From Subjects to Citizens: The University of Puerto Rico and the Citizenship Revolution in Puerto Rico and the United States, 1898-1938
Collections: Global Studies and RBML; Frank Tannenbaum papers, Edwin Robert Anderson Seligman papers, Samuel McCune Lindsay papers

Andrew Keener, Graduate Student, Northwestern University
Project: Staging Translation: Cosmopolitan Vernaculars in Shakespeare's England
Collections: RBML; George Arthur Plimpton collection on the history of education

Benjamin Tromly, Associate Professor, University of Puget Sound
Project: Shadow Wars: Russian Émigrés in Cold War Strategy
Collections: Global Studies and RBML; Bakhmeteff Archive

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff and hosts over 4.7 million visitors each year.  The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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