As one of the world’s leading institutes for collections-based research, The Huntington has for almost a century provided essential support and a congenial environment for the conduct of scholarship in the humanities. We are committed not only to give faculty and graduate students access to the riches in our extraordinary collections but also to facilitate a sense of community among and between them.
The Research Division of The Huntington facilitates humanistic research through its highly competitive and very generous fellowship program; through its stimulating slate of academic conferences and public lectures; and through publications, including scholarly articles and monographs published by fellows; and through its own journal: the Huntington Library Quarterly.
I welcome you to explore and learn more about the fellowships and programs offered by The Huntington’s Research Division.
Dr. Steve Hindle, W.M. Keck Foundation
Director of Research
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. The mission of The Huntington’s Research Division is to promote and disseminate high quality scholarly research on the basis of its collections. It does so by:
Awarding almost $2 million annually in research fellowships to scholars (including both faculty and doctoral students) to enable them to conduct advanced research in The Huntington's world class collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, paintings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts. Through a rigorous process of peer review, approximately 200 scholars each year are awarded grants in the fields of history, literature, art history and the history of science. In any given year, about one third of these fellowships are awarded to graduate students at the dissertation stage of their research. The most tangible result of the fellows’ work is the successful completion of doctoral dissertations, and the publication of scholarly articles and monographs.
Hosting six or seven academic conferences annually, always themed around research questions that can be explored in The Huntington’s collections. Conferences take place between September and May and feature twelve invited speakers from around the world. The conference program target audience is primarily academic, and consists mainly of southern California-based faculty and graduate students and resident research fellows, but the general public is always invited to attend.
Hosting approximately twenty public lectures annually on themes related to The Huntington collections. The lectures are intended to feed the intellectual curiosity of the wider public. Our target audience ranges from high school students to retirees. Six of our lectures are given by Distinguished Research Fellows in residence, the remainder by scholars invited from all over the United States.
Publishing four times a year the Huntington Library Quarterly, a peer reviewed academic journal showcasing high quality cross- and inter-disciplinary research in the fields where The Huntington collections are strong, primarily manuscripts, rare books, and art.
The Research Division is supported by by the generosity of individual donors, grants from private and public foundations, corporate philanthropy, partner universities, and income from The Huntington’s endowment.