Nominations Sought for Welty Fellowship

The Department of Archives and History is accepting applications for the 2012 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship. The $1,000 fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student for research within the department’s Eudora Welty Collection. Funding for the fellowship is provided by the Eudora Welty Foundation.

“We’re delighted to partner with the Welty Foundation to provide the second Eudora Welty Fellowship to support in-depth research opportunity for scholars,” said Julia Marks Young, director of the MDAH Archives and Record Services Division. “Both the Welty Foundation and MDAH want to nurture a long-lasting interest in Welty’s life and work.”

The stipend may be used for travel, housing, and other expenses during the Welty Fellow’s stay from May to September 2012 in Jackson. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2012. The recipient will be announced in the spring.

New Albany native and Georgia State University doctoral candidate Elizabeth Crews was the inaugural fellow. Crews spent 6 weeks in Jackson researching her dissertation, which examines the role of home in Welty’s novels Delta Wedding and The Optimist’s Daughter. Crews will defend her dissertation in April and graduate in May.

“My research last summer has been a tremendous help,” said Crews. “I continually find gems of information to add when I look back over my notes from my time in the archives. I am so happy to hear there will be another fellowship this year!”

Supporting ongoing and high quality research is part of the Eudora Welty Foundation’s mission. Founded in 1999, the Welty Foundation works with the  Department of Archives and History in achieving its goals of celebrating the legacy of Eudora Welty, enhancing appreciation of her work, and encouraging reading and the efforts of young writers.

The Eudora Welty Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the premier collection of materials related to the author 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 At her death the remainder of her papers were bequeathed to MDAH and included unpublished manuscripts and 14,000 items of correspondence with family, friends, scholars, young writers, and noted writers.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 fellowship or the collection, contact Forrest Galey at 601-576-6850, or by email at fgaley@mdah.state.ms.us. The application is available online at mdah.state.ms.us/fellowship.pdf.

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