Short-Term Research Fellowships

Eligibility Note:
Residence at Winterthur required.

Applicants need not apply for a specific named fellowship, but Winterthur does designate certain awards: the Faith Andrews Fellowships for the study of Shaker life and material culture; the Robert Lee Gill Fellowships for research on American decorative arts, painting, architecture, or historic preservation; and the Cheryl A. Robertson Fellowships for the study of domestic life, late 19th- and early 20th-century design and material culture.

The Winterthur Collection of Printed Books and Periodicals contains more than 100,000 volumes in open stacks adjacent to the main reading room and about 20,000 rare American and European imprints in closed stacks. The collection focuses on the documentation of American household goods and their use, decorative arts and design, and the material culture of everyday life in America from the 17th through the early 20th centuries.

The holdings of rare books are particularly strong in architecture and design books; travel narratives; American painting and graphics; children's books; descriptions of craft techniques; women's magazines and the literature of domestic economy and etiquette; periodicals that promote or describe lifestyles; and city directories and guidebooks. A sizable portion of the rare book collection offers insights into the European antecedents that informed American taste and design. American and British manufacturers' and retailers' trade catalogs provide an invaluable record of product designs, technological developments, and marketing strategies.

In addition to monographs, rare books, serials, and trade catalogs, the Collection of Printed Books and Periodicals offers currently published periodicals as well as auction and exhibition catalogues.

Last Updated On: 2017-10-09

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