SCRC announces 2012 Charters adult education research grants

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Library invites applications for its Alexander N. Charters Adult Education Research Grants-in-Aid program, now in its fifth year. Up to $5,000 of grants-in-aid will be awarded in 2012 to researchers wishing to use the adult education collections in SCRC’s Charters Library. The actual amount of each award will depend upon the scope of the research outlined in the applicant’s proposal. Researchers whose projects are funded will be encouraged to submit copies of any scholarly output resulting from their work for inclusion in SUrface, SU’s institutional repository.

The application deadline is December 1, 2011; grants will be announced in January 2012. Applications must include:

  • Letter of intent outlining the proposed research and how the Charters collection will be used to support it
  • Intended outcome of research, if any (e.g., conference paper, book, dissertation)
  • Amount requested, including budget breakdown and term of stay
  • Current résumé or c.v. of applicant(s)
  • One professional letter of support

Application packages should be sent to:
Barbara Brooker
Charters Grants-in-Aid Program
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Library
222 Waverly Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

The Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults is the world’s most comprehensive collection of English-language materials in the field of adult and continuing education. Among the resources available are more than 90 discrete manuscript collections, 2,100 books, 50 professional journals, 220 newsletters, 400 sound recordings, 100 video-recordings, 10,000 photographs and some 2,800 master’s theses and dissertations in the field. Online finding aids to the manuscript collections are available on SCRC’s website.

SCRC, the home of the Charters Library, has more than 145,000 printed works and 2,000 manuscript and archival collections, and is home to some of SU’s most valued treasures, including early printed editions of Gutenberg, Galileo, and Sir Isaac Newton, as well as the library of 19th-century German historian Leopold von Ranke. Holdings are particularly strong in the 20th century; they include the personal papers and manuscripts of such luminaries as artist Grace Hartigan, inspirational preacher Norman Vincent Peale, author Joyce Carol Oates, photojournalist Margaret Bourke White, and industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague, as well as the records of organizations such as avant-garde publisher Grove Press. SCRC regularly hosts exhibitions, classes, and lectures, and offers fellowships/internships in library instruction and conservation. A full list of all SCRC collections is available on its website.

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