The New York Public Library (NYPL) is currently digitizing the papers of Samuel J. Tilden, which will be accessible via the LibraryвЂ™s web site early in 2013. In conjunction with making this important archival resource available online, NYPL is offering research fellowships of up to $5,000 to support research projects related to TildenвЂ™s circle of activity and the political culture in New York and the United States during the 19th century.
Fellows will spend at least one month in residence in the Manuscripts and Archives Division at the New York Public Library, consulting the Tilden papers and other archives relevant to their research goals. Fellows will also be expected to produce an essay of 3,000-5,000 words for publication on the LibraryвЂ™s website. These essays will complement and provide context for the Tilden papers online.
NYPLвЂ™s Tilden archival research fellowships aim to support traditional archival research and narrative historical writing, but also seek to engage audiences beyond advanced researchers using the Tilden papers and other primary sources online.ВSuccessful candidates for the fellowship will therefore bring fresh insight to the Tilden papers and also a desire to explore the creative space of public scholarship вЂ“ expanding their professional expertise while helping solidify the NYPL online archives environment as a venue for research and historical communication.More information about the fellowships can be found