The Walter A. Brumm Special Collections Research Fellowships honor Mr. Brumm’s gift to Hamilton College’s Burke Library of his collection of manuscripts, books, photographs, ephemera, and realia pertaining to communal societies. Mr. Brumm placed his collection at Hamilton so that it could be used as a research resource by others. It is in this spirit that the Brumm fellowships are offered. Fellowships of up to $1500.00 for one month’s study can be used to support research in any of Hamilton College’s Special Collections and Archives.

Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection. One of the largest collections in the world of printed, manuscripts, and visual materials relating to the Lesser Antilles. The collections spans from 1521-1860 and consists of materials in English, Spanish, French, German, Danish, and Dutch.

Ezra Pound Collection. A comprehensive collection of books and periodical articles by and about Pound. Also contained within the collection are significant amounts of correspondence from Ezra and Dorothy Pound, and Omar Pound, and a large number of photographs.

Communal Societies Collection. The largest collection in the world of materials relating to American Communal Societies, spanning the 1730s until the present. The collection consists primarily of printed primary and secondary works on the Shakers, Israelite House of David and Mary’s City of David, Amana Society, Harmony Society, Ephrata Cloister, and Kerista. The largest collection of manuscript materials relating to the House of David and Mary’s City of David resides at Hamilton College, as well as significant manuscript items from the Shakers, Amana Society, and Harmony Society. The collection also contains large amounts of visual and audio materials relating to the Shakers, House of David and Mary’s City of David, and Kerista.

Other topics with holdings in Special Collections and Archives. Study in other areas where we have holdings will also be considered, e.g., polar, civil war regimental histories, Adirondacks, etc.

To Apply:

Essay: Prepare an application essay of no more than 1,500 words. Include a concise overview of the project. Address the following questions:

  • What ideas, questions, or problems guide your project?
  • What is distinctive about your project? How does it complement, expand, or challenge prior study in the field? Please be specific about prior scholarship that informs your work.
  • What work do you plan to undertake at Hamilton College? Why is a residence fellowship at Hamilton College necessary for successful completion of your project?

Bibliography: Based on your searches of Alex (Hamilton’s online library catalog), prepare a two-page bibliography of primary sources you plan to use at Hamilton. Certain archival collections are not yet available on Alex. Applicants wishing to use the Beinecke Collection are urged to consult The Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection at Hamilton College by Samuel J. Hough and Penelope R. O. Hough (University Press of Florida, 1994). Applicants wishing to use the Ezra Pound collection should consult Ezra Pound: A Selected Catalog from the Ezra Pound Collection at Hamilton College by Cameron McWhirter and Randall Ericson (Hamilton College Library, 2005). Additional manuscript materials are available in the Pound collection. For more information about manuscript or other resources not available in Alex for any of these collections, please e-mail: cgoodwil@hamilton.edu.

Vita: Provide a copy of your current vita.

References: Obtain two recent letters of reference addressing your previous scholarly record, your current project, and your ability to work with a collegial group. If you are a graduate student, one of these letters must come from your dissertation advisor.

Fellowship Application Form

Please send all application materials to:
Hamilton College Library
Attn: Christian Goodwillie
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be sent in PDF format to:

Please note: The full fellowship of $1500 will be awarded only to those applicants who can commit to one month’s study in the collections. Requests for shorter-term research will be considered with awards at a reduced rate, but a minimum of five days use of the collections is required.


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