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Baird Society Resident Scholars

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)’s Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program and Baird Society Resident Scholar Program provide support for scholarly research in the Special Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC and New York, NY, in an extensive range of subject areas. Each program awards stipends of $3,500 per month for up to six months. Historians, librarians, doctoral students, and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. Scholars must be in resi-dence at the Smithsonian during the award period. Baird Society Resident Scholars conduct research in SIL’s other Special Collections located in Washington, DC and New York City. These include printed materials on world’s fairs (19th and early 20th centuries); manufacturer’s commercial trade catalogs in the National Museum of American History Library (285,000 pieces representing 30,000 companies dating from the 19th and 20th centuries); natural history rare books in the Cullman Library (pre-1840 works on topics such as botany, zoology, travel & exploration, museums & collecting, geology, and anthropology); air and space history in the National Air and Space Museum Library’s Ramsey Room (ballooning, rocketry, and aviation, late 18th to early 20th centuries); James Smithson’s library in the Cullman Library; European and American decorative arts, architecture, and design in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library’s Bradley Room (18th to 20th centuries); and history of art and artists (exhibition catalogs, catalogues raisonnés, serials, dissertations and artists’ ephemera) at the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library. This award is supported by SIL’s Spencer Baird Society.

Contact Address: Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Resident Scholar Programs, The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, NMAH 1041 MRC 672, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Contact Phone: (202) 633-3872

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Deadline: January 15

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