The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Library invites applicants to its Alexander N. Charters Adult Education Research Grants-in-Aid Program, now in its sixth year. Up to $4,000 of grants-in-aid will be awarded in 2013 to researchers and practitioners 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. Winners will be encouraged to submit copies of any scholarly output resulting from their work, for inclusion in SUrface, Syracuse University’s institutional repository.
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 to researchers 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. Also included are the papers of individuals such as William Langner, Beverly Cassara, and (of course) its namesake Alexander Charters, as well as the records of such pivotal organizations as Laubach Literacy International, the National University Continuing Education Association, and the Adult Education Association/American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. Online finding aids to the manuscript collections are available on the SCRC website.
The application deadline is January 15, 2013, and winners will be announced by March 1, 2013. Grant funds awarded in March must be used between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. For information on how to apply, visit the Charters application web page.
The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Library, the home of the Charters Library, has more than 150,000 printed works and over 2,000 manuscript and archival collections. Its 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. A full list of all SCRC collections is available from the SCRC website.