Residential Research Institutes

Residential Institute in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

How Historians Explore Science, Technology and Medicine
A Residential Summer Institute at The Huntington
June 10–21, 2019

The Research Division of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens seeks applications from graduate students and post-doctoral scholars with interests in the history of science, technology and medicine to participate in a two-week residential institute on the theme of ‘How Historians Explore Science, Technology and Medicine’. The aim is to introduce early career scholars to The Huntington’s exceptionally rich collections in this area through a program of taught seminars, library visits, and guided practical sessions that will explore different genres of source material. This is a two-part program with ample time also provided for participants to pursue their own research in the rare book and manuscript reading rooms of The Huntington Library.

Admission is limited to sixteen participants. The Summer Institute will take place at The Huntington June 1021, 2019 and is convened by Professor Janet Browne, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University. The Library is located in San Marino, California, close to Caltech, about an hour from downtown Los Angeles. The Huntington is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry and Arabella Huntington that hosts scholars from around the world to pursue their research. It includes a famous landscaped garden dating from the Gilded era, art galleries, a botanical collection, and exhibition spaces that will be open to Institute participants.
The Summer Institute aims to give recent entrants to the field insights into collections-based research while also providing access to The Huntington’s comprehensive holdings of rare books and manuscripts. The core of the collection in science, technology, and medicine was gifted by Bern Dibner but there are also many other exciting resources in these fields that together comprise one of the largest such repositories in North America. The Library holdings readily allow for research into broad, interdisciplinary historical themes as well as specific moments of interest. The Library is strong in ancient and medieval texts; in the early modern history of science (particularly Francis Bacon and Isaac Newton); as well as in areas as varied as civil engineering, medical anatomy, chemistry, electricity, geology, oceanography, botany, railroads, Darwin and Darwiniana, and modern astrophysics (the Mount Wilson Observatory records). Cumulatively, it contains some 1,800 manuscript collections. The Longo Collection of rare books and pamphlets in the history of obstetrics and gynecology is one of the world’s most comprehensive, ranging from the late 15th to the 20th century.

The Summer Institute’s program will offer daily seminar sessions in the mornings, with experts in various genres of material such as manuscripts, rare books, visual resources, scientific and technological instruments. These will be accompanied by library visits and guided practical sessions. In the afternoons, participants will be free to explore The Huntington’s collections as research scholars. Huntington Library curators will be available for individual consultations. The program seeks to encourage critical thinking about the identification and interpretation of appropriate sources and to inspire creative strategies for research.

Funding
Each of the sixteen participants will receive a stipend of $1,000 and reimbursed travel expenses up to a maximum of $1,500. Accommodation, and transport to and from The Huntington, is provided free of charge: further details will be supplied as necessary. Travel should be arranged so that participants can be on site on the morning of June 10 to be issued with a Reader’s card and attend an introductory session. Subsidized meals and a full range of dietary choices are available at The Huntington’s several cafés. The Summer Institute intends to arrange a few optional outside visits to local historic and cultural attractions at a small additional cost.

Eligibility
Applicants must be graduate students or post-doctoral students registered in a university degree program in a relevant discipline. Early career faculty with interests in the history of science, technology and medicine are also eligible.
Please note: It is NOT a requirement that the applicant be based in the US; or that they be an American citizen; or that they be enrolled specifically in a program in the history of science, technology and medicine. We aim for internationalism and inclusivity. Minority candidates are warmly encouraged to apply. The language of the Institute is English. 

Director
Janet Browne is Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and former president of the History of Science Society. She works on the history of evolutionary biology and natural history. Her publications include a two-volume biography of Charles Darwin.

Schedule
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.;  afternoons free to work in the collections.

Application Deadline
Feb. 1, 2019

Applicaton Procedure
There is no application form. An application consists of items 1–4:

  1. Cover sheet with the following information: name; mailing address; email address; telephone number; present rank and institution name; date PhD received or expected; citizenship status.
  2. A 1500-word statement which indicates the applicant’s own research interests and explains why this particular program is of interest
  3. Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages.
  4. 2 short letters of recommendation. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact his/her referee and supply them with a description of the project. Please do not send letters from your job dossier or from Interfolio Scholar Services. Please do not submit any materials in excess of the items listed above.

Submission Guidelines

  • The application must be submitted as a single document in PDF file format only to hstmi@huntington.org.
  • Letters of recommendation—in PDF file format only—must be submitted directly from the recommender to hstmi@huntington.org. Please reference applicant’s name in SUBJECT line. Letters should be no more than two pages in length.
  • APPLICATIONS AND LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2019.
  • Please direct questions about the academic content of the program to Janet Browne at jbrowne@fas.harvard.edu. (DO NOT send applications or letters to this email address.)
  • Please direct questions about the application process to Natalie Serrano at nserrano@huntington.org. (DO NOT send applications or letters to this email address.)

All applications and letters will receive an email acknowledgment of receipt. All successful candidates will be notified of the results on or shortly after Friday, March 1, 2019.

Dr. Steve Hindle
W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research
The Huntington Library
shindle@huntington.org

Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography

June 24–July 12, 2019

Directed by J. Michael Francis, this course will provide an intensive introduction to reading and transcribing early-modern Spanish handwriting. The workshop will focus on documentation from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth century. Course sessions will be taught primarily in English, but all documents will be in early forms of Spanish. Class material will be drawn from digitized documents from the Archivo General de Indias, the Archivo General de Simancas, the Archivo de la Real Chancillería de Valladolid, and the Archivo Provincial de Sevilla, as well as from orginal documents in The Huntington collections.

Admission is limited to fifteen participants. Priority will be given to graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities who have no previous experience or training in paleography. Applications will also be accepted from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums and from qualified independent scholars. A reading knowledge of Spanish is required.

Local participants (defined as able to commute to and from the Huntington on a daily basis with no need for local accommodation) will receive a stipend of $990. Non-local participants will receive a stipend of $990 plus a travel and housing allowance of up to $2,600 = $3590 in total.

Director
J. Michael Francis is the Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies and Chair of the Department of History and Politics at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. His published works include, Invading Colombia: Spanish Accounts of the Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada Expedition of Conquest and Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan and the Guale Uprising of 1597.

Schedule
Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Application Deadline
March 1, 2019

Application Procedure
There is no application form. An application consists of items 1–4:

  1. Cover sheet with the following information: name; mailing address; email address; telephone number; present rank and institution name; date PhD received or expected; citizenship status.
  2. A brief essay of no more than 250 words (double-spaced) that describes in detail: how the training that you will receive in the institute pertains to your scholarly and/or teaching interests; and your past experience and training in the use of primary source materials.
  3. Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages.
  4. One letter of recommendation in which the referee addresses the substance of your research plans. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact his/her referee and supply them with a description of the project. Please do not send letters from your job dossier or from Interfolio Scholar Services. Please do not submit any materials in excess of the items listed above.

Submission Guidelines

  • The application must be submitted as a single document in PDF file format only to paleography@huntington.org
  • Letter of recommendation—in PDF file format only—must be submitted directly from the recommender to paleography@huntington.org. Please reference applicant’s name in SUBJECT line. Letters should be no more than two pages in length.
  • APPLICATIONS AND LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2019.
  • Please direct questions about the academic content of the program to J. Michael Francis at jmfrancis1@usfsp.edu. (DO NOT send applications or letters to this email address.)
  • Please direct questions about the application process to Natalie Serrano at nserrano@huntington.org. (DO NOT send applications or letters to this email address.)

All applications and letters will receive an email acknowledgment of receipt. All applicants will be notified of the results by no later than April 1, 2019.

Dr. Steve Hindle
W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research
The Huntington Library
shindle@huntington.org