Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology
Resident Scholar Program

Study Grants for 2004

The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology Resident Scholar Program, supported by The Dibner Fund, awards stipends of $2,500.00 per month for up to six months for individuals working on a topic relating to the history of science and technology who can make substantial use of collections in the Dibner Library. Historians, librarians, doctoral students, and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. Scholars must be in residence at the Dibner Library during the award period. Scholars wanting to do research in other areas of SIL Special Collections should apply for the Baird Society Resident Scholar Program.

The core of the holdings of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology consists of approximately 10,000 rare books and manuscripts that were generously donated to the nation by the Burndy Library (founder, Bern Dibner) on the occasion of the nation's Bicentennial (1976). The strengths of the Dibner Library collection are in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, classical natural philosophy, theoretical physics (up to the early twentieth century), experimental physics (especially electricity and magnetism), engineering technology (from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century), and scientific apparatus and instruments. The rare books, which date from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, include significant holdings of works by Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Euclid, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Leonhard Euler, René Descartes, and Pierre Simon, marquis de Laplace, and Aristotle. Scientists represented by significant manuscript papers include Dominique François Arago, Humphry Davy, John William Lubbock, Isaac Newton, Henri Milne-Edwards, Hans Christian Øersted, Henry Hureau de Sénarmont, Benjamin Silliman, Jr., and Silvanus P. Thompson. The Dibner Library collections support the research interests of Smithsonian staff in the National Museum of American History, and provide valuable resources for the other Smithsonian museums and research units.

Applications and instructions for the 2004 fellowships will be available to download here by the Fall of 2002. To have an application form mailed to you or for further information, call 202-357-1568, or email

Interested scholars will need to submit an application by March 1, 2003. We strongly encourage candidates to send their applications via FedEx to avoid any delays. To be competitive, the application should describe in detail how the applicant intends to use the collections of the Dibner Library.

Please note that due to current delays in delivery, our mailing address has been changed for the time being:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Resident Scholar Programs
Selection Committee
P.O. Box 37012
NMAH 1041 MRC 672
Washington, DC 20013-7012

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