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Repository Research Fellowship
In partnership with IU Bloomington repositories, the IAS offers a short-term Repository Research Fellowship program to support immersive collections research. This initiative is intended to support research in the rich collections of the IU Bloomington campus and to build partnerships between scholars at and beyond IUB.
This year’s (2021) fellowship provides funding for a fellowship for a community scholar or faculty member from outside Indiana University Bloomington to conduct in-depth research in digital collections identified by the 2021 partner repositories.
The ideal fellowship arrangement is two weeks of focused research using the collection items and tools provided (remotely) by the repository. If a different timing is desired, it should be proposed and explained in the application. Fellows are expected to give an informal public presentation of their research at some point during the Summer of 2021.
2021 RRF Fellows
Assistant Professor, University of North Texas,
Austin Anderson is working with the University Archives to research the history and development of student cultural centers such as IU's LGBTQ+ Cultural Center, as well as the relationships between student recreational activity and increased activism and activity of these centers.
Collaborative Artist and Designer, New Orleans,
Wylie House Museum and University Archives
Natan Diacon-Furtado is researching the Wylie House textile collections, as well as materials about Elizabeth Breckenridge, Sarah Parke Morrison, and Harvey Young from Wylie House and University Archives collections, to create an art installation that will be projected at Wylie House.
Christopher Joonhai Lee
Associate Professor, Lafayette College,
Archives of Traditional Music
Christopher J. Lee is working with the Dennis Duerden and Lee Nichols Collections as part of his ongoing project focused on the radio plays of the South African writer and anti-apartheid activist Alex La Guma.
Participating Repositories and Collections for 2021
The Archives of Traditional Music (ATM) is an audiovisual archive that documents music and culture from all over the world. With over 100,000 recordings that include more than 3,500 field collections, it is one of the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States. Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, vocal and instrumental music, linguistic materials, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts. Our earliest recordings data to 1893. We welcome proposals to work with holdings of the Archives of Traditional Music. We can facilitate scholars working with collections remotely. Eighty percent of our field collections have been digitally preserved and we can work with scholars to scan any relevant documentation in our holdings.
The IU Moving Image Archive has two collections up for study for this year's RRF.
Agency for Instructional Technology (AIT) Collection
Originally founded in 1962 as the National Instructional Television Library (NITL), AIT operated in Bloomington, Indiana for almost fifty years, creating educational television programming for National Educational Television (NET) and later PBS. The organization prided itself as leader in developing educational material for a television age and believed that evolving televisual technology could, according to one AIT catalogue, “complement traditional teaching by providing ‘field trips’ through time and space, demonstrations, and simulations.” A shift in emphasis from “television” to “technology” in 1984 marked the expansion of AIT to include development of instructional materials for computers and other technologies. The mission of AIT paralleled the various audio-visual instructional activities at Indiana University’s own Audio-Visual Center (AVC) and the NET Film Service, which, through a network of collaborative efforts, produced and distributed educational programming for nearly half a century. The archive holds over 20,000 films and videos, many of which have been digitized and are accessible online.
The Clio Advertising Award Collection Ar
The IU Libraries Moving Image Archive holds the complete archive of the Clio Advertising Awards which contains all advertisements submitted from around the world for consideration of the award for best advertisement.
The thousands of film reels and videotapes contain television commercials from 85 countries. Although international submissions weren't accepted until 1975, U.S. commercials are dated from 1959 through 1991. The former Clio Archive, purchased by London International Awards in 1992, contains every entry into the contest during those decades. First awarded in 1960, and still a respected distinction today, the Clio is an international annual award established to recognize excellence in creative businesses such as advertising and design. Among many awards in the industry, the prestigious Clio is often viewed as the "Oscars of advertising." The dozens of award categories include confections, tobacco, cosmetics, U.S. office equipment, men's toiletries and more. The area of study is infinite for this material.
The archive has digitized hundreds of the ads and is in the process of digitizing hundreds more which can all be accessed virtually.
Questions can be addressed to Rachael Stoeltje at email@example.com.
The IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Wanamaker Collection includes thousands of photographs taken from 1908 through 1921 as well as ca. 30,000 pages of supporting documents. The collection is focused on recorded images of Native Americans of the United States made by (or under the direction of) Joseph K. Dixon, a photographer who served as the Education Director for the Wanamaker Store in Philadelphia from ca. 1905-1926. Dixon was and is a controversial figure whose motives have been both applauded and disparaged. The documents allow for analyses of his life’s work and its impact, as they cover a wide range of interests and experiences, from the photographic “expeditions” he led, to lobbying efforts in support of American Indian citizenship, to recording the images and experiences of Native military veterans upon their return from World War I.
Curatorial staff at the IUMAA can assist prospective researchers in selecting topics and approaches, and in providing access to images of photographs and documents. Contact Ellen Sieber, Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the collection.
The Indiana University Paleontology Collection (IUPC) holds a donated collection of fossils which includes a large collection of 313 million year old plant fossils from a little-studied site half an hour west of Bloomington. This flora is comparable in time and environment to the terrestrial parts of the famous Mazon Creek Formation of Illinois, with many ferns and horsetails growing in a swampy nearshore habitat.
IUPC staff members have been working on a project comparing the biodiversity of this flora with that of Mazon Creek.The specimens themselves look very similar; both are preserved in siderite nodules. Because the Stanley Cemetery flora is far less well-known, it often gets mistaken for Mazon Creek after the fact if it isn’t labelled well in collections. IUPC staff want to know if comparing the biodiversity profile of an unknown collection to those of known collections would make it possible to tell which place the unknown came from.
The virtual fellow will be expected to maintain good communication with IUPC staff and a graduate student researcher who is having a similar issue in another collection to avoid scooping. If the virtual research fellow’s research question overlaps with either of the projects in process, there is potential for collaboration.
One possible project the virtual fellow might undertake would be identification of fossil plants based on the photographs they could access through Google Shared Drives, and justification of those identifications in a spreadsheet. In addition to the photographs, other tools available to support this work are an excellent book cataloguing the Mazon Creek flora and pdfs of the few papers that have been published on this site.
An IUPC staff member can provide pictures of the specimens. If the researcher needs any sort of isotope or other analyses for their research, that would need to be discussed with IUPC staff members.
Please contact Collection Manager Jessica Miller-Camp at email@example.com with any questions.
The University Archive's primary mission is to collect, organize, preserve and make accessible records documenting Indiana University's origins and development and the activities and achievements of its officers, faculty, students, alumni and benefactors. With an estimated 18,000 cubic feet of records and papers in all formats, the University Archives is the largest and most comprehensive source of information on the history and culture of Indiana University. The Summer 2021 Virtual Fellows may propose projects utilizing Archives’ collections that are already fully or largely digitized. Those collections can be found here: Link to University Archives Digital Collections. Digital collections also include the LGBTQ+ Center scrapbooks spanning 1994-2018 and the Home Economics Department’s Practice House Series are also available, but not yet listed in the finding aid.
For more information about the University Archives and their collections, please reach out to Dina Kellams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wylie House Museum is the 1835 home of the first president of Indiana University, Andrew Wylie. Two Wylie families occupied the home over the course of the 19th century. They were founding Indiana University families, contributing to its establishment and early success. The first Wylie family engaged in subsistence farming. The second Wylie family experienced the benefits of a growing region and the arrival of the railroad. They were part of the societal shift from subsistence to more leisurely farming that many experienced after the Civil War. Importantly, Wylie House was also home to a Black woman who worked as a domestic servant for the family for 54 years. It was also the temporary home for many early IU students, including its first white female student and first Black male student.
The museum is furnished with 19th-century objects, many of which are original to the Wylie family. The historic home and its artifacts are available to researchers of material culture, historic interpretation and related disciplines. Quilts and coverlets are a strength of the museum’s textile collection. In addition, Wylie House Museum is a small repository for Wylie-related archival collections. Archival collections are rich in family correspondence and ephemera. They inform museum interpretation and reflect the lives of the many family members who occupied the home.
The grounds include heirloom gardens. Plants are grown to seed and contribute to a robust seed-saving program and seed-library. The museum collections also include numerous archaeological artifacts from planned excavations and surface finds. Wylie House Museum works closely with the Glenn A. Black Lab of Archaeology to manage these artifacts.
For more information about the Wylie House collections, contact Director Carey Champion at email@example.com.
Award funding includes:
For 2021, the award funding is $3,000 for the Repository Fellow.
Previous and Subsequent Years:
- $5,000, to cover travel costs, lodging, and stipend.
- $3,000 two-week stipend for IUB faculty research partner
- Maximum award amount is $8,000
Applications from faculty members at Minority Serving Institutions and community colleges and from source community scholars are especially welcome. Previous recipients of the Summer Repository Research Fellowship are not eligible to apply.
NOTE: Applicants must receive approval of dates and proposed research from the archive, library, or museum where they propose to conduct research before submitting application materials.
Past Summer Repository Research Fellows have conducted research in a variety of repositories and collaborated with several IUB faculty.
My residency in the IU Paleontology Collection was a fantastic opportunity to collect critical data on the sizes of fossil marine animals...I expect to plan future visits to the collections, and hope to interact more regularly with the faculty and researchers at IU.Phil Novack-Gottshall, Paleobologist & Summer Research Fellow 2016