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African American History and Culture: publications from UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South

If you haven’t already seen it, we highly recommend perusing the current issue of Southern Cultures, which is put out by UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, and features a couple of articles of special interest:

–   “Bobby Rush: “Blues Singer–Plus,” written by William R. Ferris, who is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History, Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, and Adjunct Professor of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

–   “For the Records: How African American Consumers and Music Retailers Created Commercial Public Space in the 1960s and 1970s South,” written by Joshua Clark Davis, who is a UNC-CH PhD and currently a fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C, researching “the globalization of African American music and consumer culture.”

In addition, the Center has conveniently compiled an extensive two-part collection of their publications on African American History and Culture, spanning the last ten years. Be sure to check it out here: Part I & Part II.

Chicago, IL: 2012-13 Fellowship Opportunity, HistoryMakers

Fellowship Announcement

November 22, 2011

Increasing African American Diversity in Archives:
The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and Placement Institute

The HistoryMakers is proud to announce the 2nd Increasing African American
Diversity in Archives: The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and
Placement Institute, a year -long fellowship (Monday, June 4, 2012 through
Saturday June 1, 2013) working in African American archives. This program is
made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
(IMLS) in the amount of $800,000. The purpose of this fellowship program is to
provide training for African American archivists and other archivists
interested in working with African American archival collections. The year will
include 3-month immersion training program at The HistoryMakers Chicago
location (Monday, June 4, 2012 – Friday, August 24, 2012) and an on-site
residency (Tuesday, September 4, 2012 – Saturday, June 1, 2013). Applicants
must identify their top 3 choices from the following list of host institutions:

Please see the Fellowship Listing for more information.

The HistoryMakers will be accepting applications for the 2012-2013 fellowship
program until Tuesday, February 14, 2012. A complete application packet should be sent to:

Jessica Levy
2012-2013 Archive Fellowship Program
The HistoryMakers
1900 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

Research Grant Applications DUE 1/31: John Hope Franklin Research Center, Duke University

Posted on behalf of our colleagues at Duke’s John Hope Franklin Research Center, here’s a great opportunity for researchers interested in making use of their collection.

The John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, announces the availability of travel grants for research travel to our collections.

The John Hope Franklin Research Center seeks to collect, preserve, and promote the use of printed and manuscript materials bearing on the history of Africa and people of African descent.

Research grants are available to any faculty member, graduate or undergraduate student, or independent scholar with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the Franklin Research Center. Grant money may be used for travel, photocopying, and living expenses while pursuing research at the Rubenstein Library. Applicants must live outside of a 100-mile radius from Durham, NC. The maximum award per applicant is $1,000.

The deadline for application is January 31, 2012 by 5:00 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2012. Grants must be used between April 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

For more information and to download a copy of the application form, please visit: http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/services/grants/index.html.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Thompson, the Franklin Research Center’s research services librarian, before submitting their application. Past applications have demonstrated that those who spoke with a staff member about their projects produced stronger applications. Contact information is listed below:

Jennifer Thompson
John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Duke University, Box 90185
Durham, NC  27708-0185
Phone: 919-660-5922
E-mail: jennifer2.thompson@duke.edu
Website: http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/franklin/

ATTN. UNC-CH students: James & Florence Peacock Fellowship deadline Friday 11/4

James and Florence Peacock Fellowship (for UNC-Chapel Hill students)

Applications for the 2012 Fellowship are now OPEN.  Application deadline is Friday November 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST.

The Carolina for Kibera Fellowship allows UNC-CH undergraduate and graduate students to apply their skills and talents while engaging in grassroots participatory development in Nairobi, Kenya.

The yearlong fellowship begins in the spring semester with orientation, campus activity involvement and project formulation with CFK staff. In the summer, fellows travel to Nairobi, Kenya and spend a minimum of eight weeks implementing their project in Kibera. They will complete their project and help tell the story of Kibera on campus upon return to UNC. The fellowship includes a small stipend and other scholarship/grant opportunities are available through the Center for Global Initiatives.

Read the Full Description

APPLY NOW

For more information, please contact LaKeshia Jones at ljones12@live.unc.edu.

 


Job announcement: 2 Open Positions, HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Calling all archivists!  Interested in African American history?  The HistoryMakers is looking to fill two job openings:

1.    Project Director for an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant
“The HistoryMakers seeks applications for a projector director for a three year IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant. This
grant involves recruiting and fostering the professional development of early-career African American archivists, placing them in repositories of
African American primary source materials and then working closely with those repositories.”

2.    Video Oral History Archivist
“The HistoryMakers seeks applications for a video oral history archivist. The archivist will be responsible for the planning and implementation of a preservation and cataloguing system for *The HistoryMakers* videotaped oral history collection.”

Requirements include a graduate degree in African American, American History, library science with a concentration in archival management, or other related field.  For further information, please see the full listings posted on ArchivesGig.  CONTACT PERSON: Daniel Johnson, The HistoryMakers, 1900 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616; fax 312-674-1915 or dj@thehistorymakers.com jlr@thehistorymakers.com

The HistoryMakers is a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit video oral history archive headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its topics include but are not limited to African American organizations and associations, slavery, reconstruction, the labor movement, the civil rights movement and black authors.

**If you’re a recent MLS graduate interested in working with African American archival collections, the HistoryMakers also has a yearlong fellowship program.  That deadline – February 15 – is little over a month away.**

Best of luck!

2011-12 Fellowship Announcement: Increasing African American Diversity in Archives

Application Deadline: Tuesday February 15, 2011

Increasing African American Diversity in Archives: The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and Placement Institute

The HistoryMakers is pleased to offer a year-long fellowship (June 6, 2011 through June 1, 2012) working in African American archives. This fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide training for African American archivists and other archivists interested in working with African American archival collections. The year will include a 3-month immersion training program at The HistoryMakers Chicago location (June 6 – August 26, 2011) and an on-site residency (September 6, 2011 – June 1, 2012) at one of several host institutions.

All applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Hold a recent graduate degree in library science (MLS, MLIS, MIS, MS) from an ALA accredited school OR a graduate degree in other relevant fields, such as history or African American studies (current graduate students are encouraged to apply if their degrees will be completed prior to beginning the fellowship).
  • Have a demonstrated interest in archives administration and management. Applicants must have taken at least two courses related to archival information and practice or have demonstrated work/volunteer experience in archival repositories.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in African American history. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, and/or through a personal statement in application essay.

Interested in learning more?  For a complete list of requirements, host institutions, program structure, and other pertinent details, check out the program flier available online here: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/aboutus/HistoryMakers_fellowship_listing.pdf

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Emily Martorano
2011-2012 Archive Fellowship Program
The HistoryMakers
1900 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
em@thehistorymakers.com
No phone calls please.