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African American Experience Collections: Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award

Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, announces the Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researcher/Scholar travel grant for research focusing on the African American experience.

The Spencer Library documents the African American experience in Kansas and the region through extensive collections of personal papers and the records of organizations, businesses, and churches.

Travel grants are available to any faculty member, undergraduate, graduate student, or independent researcher living outside a 100 mile radius from Lawrence, Kansas, who documents a research project requiring the use of materials held by the Spencer Library related to this topic. Grant money may be used for travel, photoduplication, and living expenses while pursuing research at the library. The maximum award amount available is $750.

Award recipients will be asked to give an informal presentation on their research while in residence.

For more information and to apply, visit the travel award application.

The Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award is made possible by a generous contribution by KU Professor Emerita Sandra Gautt.

Deadlines for the 2017-2018 Award

Applications for travel between September 15 and December 15, 2017, will be accepted from June 12, 2017, through August 1, 2017.

Applications for travel between January 8 and August 31, 2018, will be accepted from October 1, 2017, through November 27, 2017.

Contact Information

Deborah Dandridge
Field Archivist and Curator
African American Experience Collections

Polish Collections: Alexander and Valentine Janta Endowment Travel Award

Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce the Alexander and Valentine Janta Endowment travel grant for research focusing on the Polish 16th and 17th centuries. The travel grant is made possible through a generous endowment from Alexander and Valentine Janta.

Collection Description

Polish (and Polish-related) manuscript holdings in Spencer Library include the Graziani-Commendone collection of 16th and 17th century correspondence and other papers about Catholic Church affairs and the Graziani and Commendone families. The manuscripts in Latin, Polish, and Italian include:

  • Letters from Bishop Antonio Maria Graziani to Cardinal Commendone and others, as well as ciphers, speeches, reports, notes, constitutions, etc., about 360 items, 1571-1573. Call number: MS 62.
  • Letterbooks of Cardinal Commendone,16 books, some bound together, 1560-1581. Call numbers: MS 86, MS E97, MS E105.
  • Letterbooks of Bishop Antonio Maria Graziani, 5 volumes, 1596-1599. Call numbers: MS E110, MS D121.
  • Collections of texts, 290 items. Call numbers: MS 87, MS D120, MS D123.
  • Legal documents of Graziani Family, 24 items. Call number: MS 205.
  • Separate manuscript books, 4 items. Call numbers: MS D112, MS B73, MS D118, MS D119.

Early printed books of the 16th and 17th centuries about Poland and its history are held in the Summerfield Collection of Continental European books printed before 1701. In addition to many of the books listed in Janina Hoskins’ Early and Rare Polonica of the 15th-17th Centuries (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1973), Spencer Research Library holds at least 67 titles not listed in Hoskins; see Barbara Backus McCorkle, “Addenda to Hoskins: Polonica,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA), 69 (1975), 380-388.

Eligibility Requirements

Janta Endowment travel grants are available to faculty members, undergraduates, graduate students, and independent researchers. Applicants must live outside a 100-mile radius of Lawrence, Kansas, and must show evidence of a research project that requires the use of Spencer Research Library’s Polish materials from the 16th and 17th centuries. Grant money may be used for travel, photoduplication, and living expenses while conducting research at Spencer Research Library. To apply for the award, please submit the web form application for the travel grant. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact:

Karen Cook
Special Collections Librarian


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