CFP: Churchill Weavers Research Fellowship

Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY
Churchill Weavers Fellowship

Application deadline: June 1, 2015
Notification by: July 15, 2015

This program makes available one of the finest weaving archives in the nation for scholarly research. The Churchill Weavers collection is an untapped resource for scholarship in such areas as labor history and textile production in Appalachia. Churchill Weavers operated in Berea, Kentucky, from 1922 to 2007 and once was considered America’s premier producer of luxury handwoven goods. This comprehensive collection includes business records, artifacts and an extensive fabric archive. In addition to using the Churchill Weavers collection, a fellow also may explore related KHS collections. Learn more about Churchill Weavers and the KHS collection.

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae or resume and prospectus. Your prospectus should describe your current project and its significance, emphasizing how it would benefit from research at KHS. Include a project overview, theoretical perspectives, sources, methods, work completed to date, necessity of KHS collections research, significance, bibliography. In this description make sure to cover the following points:

• What is the end-product of your project?
• What aspects of the Churchill Weavers collection and other KHS collections or resources
contribute to your project? How so?
• What collections essential for your project are NOT at KHS?
• How much time do you intend to spend at KHS
• What is the estimated timetable for your project?

Graduate and undergraduate students must include two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the student’s work and with the project being proposed. Independent scholars who do not have a curriculum vitae should provide a statement about their experience with historical research and publishing. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Louise Jones, or 502-564-1792, ext. 4407, well in advance to help orient them to the Churchill Weavers collection.

More information and the application form can be found here.

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