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Princeton University Visiting Fellowships 2003-2004

Princeton University Library


Program Summary:

The Friends of the Princeton University Library offer up to ten short-term Visiting Fellowships to promote scholarly use of the research collections of the Library. The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has substantial holdings pertaining to the western world and the Middle East from antiquity to the present. The Rare Books Division, housed in the Harvey S. Firestone Library, is especially strong in classical Latin texts; American history and literature; English history and literature; and French, German, and Latin American literature. The Manuscripts Division, also at Firestone, holds medieval and renaissance manuscripts and codices and American and English literary and historical manuscripts. The Visual Materials Division, at Firestone, comprises the Graphic Arts, Western Americana, Historic Maps, Theatre, and Numismatic Collections. The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library houses Twentieth-Century Public Policy Papers and the University Archives. The Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology and the Gest Oriental Library and East Asian Collections are extened branches of the Princeton University Library. Information about all these holdings may be found on the library's homepage at <>, as well as the names of persons (curators and reference personnel) to contact for additional collection information.


The Fellowships, which have a value of up to $2,500 each, are meant to help defray expenses in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the Fellowship. The length of the Fellowship will depend on the applicant's research proposal, but is normally one month. Fellowships are tenable from May 2003 to April 2004.


Postmarked by 1/15/2003


The proposal should address specifically the relevance of the Princeton University Library collections to the proposed research. Prospective fellows are urged to consult the Library's home page (at <> for detailed descriptions of the collections, especially those in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department, and for the names of curators and reference staff. Applicants should have specific Princeton resources in mind?not simply a desire to make use of a major research library as they prepare their proposals.

Applicants are asked to submit a completed application form and budget form (both PDF), a résumé, and a research proposal not exceeding three pages in length. Applicants must also arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Fellowship Committee at the address given below.


Application form, resume, brief research proposal not exceeding three pages, budget form, and two confidential letters of recommendation must be postmarked by January 15, 2001 to:

Fellowship Committee
Princeton University Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544

Electronic communications to the Committee may be sent to, facsimile transmissions to (609) 258-2324.

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