Fellowship Program

The collections of the National Park Service’s Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts, include a significant archive of materials (letters, diaries, photographs, art, books, and material objects) from the 17th to early 20th century on a variety of subjects. Many relate to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s family, relatives (such as the Dana family), and literary circle. (The poet’s personal papers are in Harvard’s Houghton Library nearby.) These surprisingly diverse materials have the potential to greatly enrich our understanding of literary, cultural, and political history on the local, regional, national, and even international scale. For more information on the collections, see this overview or the House website.

Guidelines for the 2015 Fellowship Program

To encourage the use of these archives and collections, the Friends of the Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters have established two annual Fellowships with stipends of $1200: the Diana Korzenik Fellowship and the Stanley Paterson Fellowship.. Both stipends are intended to help defray the living or travel expenses of researchers who come to the Cambridge/Boston area to use the Longfellow House archives and collections (as well as related Boston-area collections). Award recipients are expected to be in residence conducting their research in the Cambridge/Boston area for at least a two-week period from May 2015 through March 2016.

The application deadline this year is April 8, 2015. Applicants should submit a single completed Korzenik/Paterson application form, a brief project description (1-3 pages), and a curriculum vitae. The 2015 form is available through this page. Those selected to receive an award will be notified by April 30, 2015. Preference will be given to applicants whose research plan makes maximum use of the Longfellow House archives and collections.

Requests for further information about the fellowship competition should be sent by email to Robert Cameron Mitchell, chair, Fellowship Committee, at rmitchell@clarku.edu. Our website has information about some previous fellowship holders. We encourage applicants to contact the Longfellow House archivist, Chris Wirth (christine_worth@nps.gov or 617-491-1094), to discuss the fit between their project and the materials available in the Longfellow House collections.

Completed applications should be sent by email to rmitchell@clarku.edu or by surface mail with a postmark no later than April 8, 2013, to Robert Mitchell, 26 Farrar Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.