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ebony Lumumba headshotThe 2013 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship was awarded to Ebony O. Lumumba, an advanced doctoral student in English at the University of Mississippi. Established by the Eudora Welty Foundation and the Department of Archives and History, the fellowship seeks to encourage and support research use of the Eudora Welty Collection by graduate students.

Lumumba will use the $2,000 fellowship to cover travel, housing, and other expenses incurred while doing primary research in the Eudora Welty Collection at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building to explore the inclusion of elements of the African American community in Welty’s fiction and photographs. She plans to spend two months this summer in the archives, reviewing images, personal letters and notes, and published works, in preparation for her dissertation on mothering and foodways of disenfranchised communities in texts of the Global South.

“We're grateful to the Foundation for funding this award for a third consecutive year and delighted that another highly qualified fellow will make extensive use of the Welty Collection again this summer,” said Julia Marks Young, director of the MDAH Archives and Record Services Division.

The Eudora Welty Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History  is the premier collection of Eudora Welty materials in the world and one of the most varied literary collections in the United States. The collection includes manuscripts, letters,photographs, drawings, essays, and film and video footage that spans Welty’s entire life.

Beginning in 1957, and over the course of more than forty years, Welty donated materials to the department, primarily literary manuscripts and photographs. At her death the remainder of her papers were bequeathed to MDAH and included unpublished manuscripts and 14,000 items of correspondence with family, friends, scholars, young writers, and noted writers.

The collection may be accessed at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, 200 North Street, Jackson. For more information on the collection or the fellowship, contact Forrest Galey at 601-576-6850 or by email at fgaley@mdah.state.ms.us.

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