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Baird Society Resident Scholar Program 2004

The Baird Society Resident Scholar Program awards stipends of $2,500 per month for up to six months for individuals working on a topic relating to the holdings of SIL's special collections. Historians, librarians, doctoral students, and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. Scholars must be in residence at the Smithsonian during the award period. Scholars wanting to do research primarily in the collections of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology should apply for the Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program.

Baird Society Resident Scholars will do research in SIL's special collections located in Washington, DC and New York City. These special collections include printed materials on world's fairs (19th and early 20th centuries); manufacturer's commercial trade catalogs (285,000 pieces representing 30,000 companies dating from the 19th and 20th centuries) used to study American industrialization, mass production, and consumerism; air and space history (ballooning, rocketry, and aviation, late 18th to early 20th centuries), and European and American decorative arts, architecture, and design (18th to 20th centuries). This award is supported by the Spencer Baird Society of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Applications and instructions for the 2004 fellowship will be available to be downloaded 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 should 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 SIL's special collections.

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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