As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public for at least the rest of the summer. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the summer and fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

Digital Humanities Fellowships

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The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) at the American Philosophical Society Library invites applications for Digital Humanities Fellowships at the American Philosophical Society Library & Museum. These fellowships, for up to 2 months, are open to scholars at all stages of their careers, including graduate students, who are developing digital projects that: 1) utilize the APS Library & Museum collections, open datasets, or other APS holdings to advance a digital component of an independent research project, or, 2) seek to apply existing tools and expertise to digital projects developed in collaboration with the Library & Museum’s Center for Digital Scholarship.

  • Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $3,000 for a minimum of one month and a maximum of two months.
  • Recent examples of collaborative projects have focused on the Center’s Open Data Initiative and have explored datasets created from Benjamin Franklin’s postal records, indenture records for servants and redemptioners coming through the port of Philadelphia during the 1770s, and a network visualization of correspondence networks of women scientists found in the APS’s collections.

The APS Library & Museum’s collections make it among the premier institutions for documenting and exhibiting the history of the American Revolution and founding, the history of science from Newton to NASA, Native American languages and culture, and the development of American anthropology. The Library & Museum houses over 13 million manuscripts; 350,000 volumes of printed materials and bound periodicals; 250,000 images, fine art, and other objects; thousands of maps and prints; and more than 3,500 hours of audio recordings of Native American languages.

Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to our collections are available online at www.amphilsoc.org/library and http://amphilsoc.pastperfectonline.com/.

All application materials will be submitted online. Applicants must submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proposal for a digital project including a detailed work plan and a proposed timeline for the fellowship term (no more than 4 double-spaced pages)
  • Examples of previous digital humanities projects (if available)
  • Two confidential letters of reference

For additional details and instruction on how to apply, visit: https://apply.interfolio.com/69515

The Center for Digital Scholarship promotes the holdings of the APS Library & Museum through digitization, digital humanities, and the development of tools and software. We partner with scholars, institutions, and students from across the country to explore what digital scholarship means in a small, independent research library. We ask questions about our role within the field of digital scholarship, and we find answers through practice and experimentation. To learn more about the Center for Digital Scholarship, and to explore our recent projects, please visit us here.

Current and Past Recipients

2020-2021

Jason Tercha, Binghamton University, “Mapping the Guano Trade into Antebellum United States”

2019-2020

Nicôle Meehan, University of St. Andrews, “Visualising Movement, Charting Memory: Indenture Records for Servants and Redemptioners”

Molly Nebiolo, Northeastern University, “Visualzing Urban Infrastructure, Health, and Medicine in 17th and 18th Century Philadelphia”

2018-2019

Loren Michael Mortimer, University of California-Davis, “(re)Mapping Kaniatarowanenneh: A Digital Atlas of Native American Political Ecology on the Upper St. Lawrence River, 1603-1850”

Serenity Sutherland, SUNY Oswego, “Visualizing 19th and 20th Century Women in Science”

2017-2018

Annette Joseph-Gabriel, The University of Arizona, “Mapping Marronage: Visualizing Transatlantic Networks of Freedom”

Steve Marti, University of Delaware, Eastern State Penitentiary records

2016-2017

A.J. Blandford, Rutgers University, “Labor and the Visualization of Knowledge in American Geological Surveys, 1780-1860”

Sarah Ketchley, University of Washington, “Visualizing ‘Golden Age’ Nile Travel: The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project”