Applications now open for The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice

Applications are due August 30, 2021 
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The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice

Fridays, February 11 – April 8, 2022

The Newberry Library invites graduate students in the humanities to apply for a seminar that will explore the theoretical, critical, and practical methods necessary to negotiate historical and literary archives. The seminar will be held on eight Fridays from February 11 –  April 8, 2022 (with no meeting on Feb. 25). The course will be led by Liesl Olson (Director of Chicago Studies, Newberry Library) and a team of Newberry archivists and curators, including Alison Hinderliter and Catherine Grandgeorge. The seminar will include guest presentations by visiting faculty.

The seminar will provide graduate students with a set of tools essential to doctoral research in any archive. Students will acquire skills that will also broaden their opportunities for career diversity by exposing students to archival work at an independent research library.

The course is ideal for PhD candidates in or beyond their third year of doctoral studies. A cohort of 18 graduate students will be selected to participate. Each participant will receive a $500 award, and lunch will be provided each session. Travel funding for students outside of the Chicago area is also available.

Applicants will be notified on September 15, 2022. For more information, including how to apply, visit:

This seminar is part of a larger initiative which will culminate May 5 – 6, 2022 with a symposium at the Newberry that will bring together seminar faculty, students, invited archival specialists, humanities scholars, and directors of graduate study to make public a larger discussion of how to integrate archival practice more fully into doctoral programs in the humanities

Support for this seminar was provided by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.