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The WHA Office often receives notifications about awards, scholarships, fellowships, and events that might be of interest to our members. Please send details to us about your programs and we will post this information to our news blog below.

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  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-career, senior, and emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work from all areas of the humanities are encouraged to apply.

    Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; stipends and travel expenses are provided. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Fellowships are supported by the Center’s own endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Located in the vibrant Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows enjoy private studies, in-house dining, and superb library services that deliver all research materials.

    Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 8, 2020. For more information and to apply, please visit:

    Application requirements:

    Fellowship applicants are asked to complete the online application form and to upload the following documents:

     1,000-word project proposal

     Short bibliography (up to 2 pages)

     Curriculum vitae (up to 4 pages)

     One-page tentative outline of the structure of the project (if the project is a book, provide an outline of chapters; otherwise, give an outline of the components of the project and their progress to date)

    Applicants will also be asked to provide names and contact information for three references. References will receive an email prompt inviting them to upload a letter on behalf of the applicant.

    Questions can be emailed to

  • Monday, August 03, 2020 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Patty Limerick, faculty director and chair of the board of CU Boulder’s Center of the American West, was just appointed to the Colorado State Geographic Naming Advisory Board! 

    Read more about Limerick and her appointment here: 

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A special digital issue of Montana The Magazine of Western HistoryAfrican American History in Montana and the West—is now available online. You can go to it from the MHS webpage or via this link:

    About the issue:

    "Black history matters. This special digital issue of Montana The Magazine of Western History focuses on African American history in Montana and the diversity of Black experiences in the West. We draw attention to this history with a selection of articles from the past twenty-five years of Montana The Magazine of Western History, excerpts from two MHS Press books, and a new essay from Herbert Ruffin II on the state of the field."

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NCPH has extended the deadline for proposals for its 2021 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, that illuminate the ways stories of the past bring meaning to the present and that consider how narratives form and re-form through the ongoing nature of their interpretation. To learn more about the conference theme, "The Presence and Persistence of Stories," and to fill out the proposal form, visit us at Final submissions are due Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Please email NCPH Program Manager Meghan Hillman at with any questions.

  • Monday, June 29, 2020 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My name is Sammy Peter and I am a librarian at the University of Wyoming. I am working with Sara White, an archivist and disability activist on the project “Understanding the Needs of Users with Disabilities in Archives.”  We are writing to ask that you share this study with anyone whom you know might be interested in or if you qualify to consider participating in our study. We are specifically looking for users of archives with any kind of disability to take this survey.
    The object of the authors’ current project is to conduct a survey of archival users (researchers who have conducted research at archives or online) with disabilities to better understand the accessibility needs when using archival resources and facilities.

    For the purpose of this study, we consider disability to be a broad aspect of a person’s identity. We define disability as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of  “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities." This includes people with and/or/all of the following: invisible, visible, and temporary disabilities, or chronic conditions. 

    If you decide to participate in this study, you will complete an online survey about your work experiences. We anticipate that this will take no longer than 15 minutes of your time. 

    This is completely voluntary. You can choose to be in the study or not, and you can stop taking the survey at any time. If you have any questions about the study, please contact me at and Sara at

    Follow this link to access the survey:

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New-York Historical Society, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, invites applications from advanced graduate students and scholars (affiliated and independent) who earned their Ph.D after 2016 to conduct directed research projects connected to the role of religion and spirituality in the history of 19th century U.S. westward expansion. This research will provide support for the exhibit Acts of Faith: Religion in the American West to open at the New-York Historical Society in New York City in Fall 2022.  Fellows, who will receive stipends of $3000, will share their work at a convening in 2022, and have the opportunity to become acquainted with the possibilities and protocols of working with a museum in the creation of publicly engaged scholarship. 

    For more information about the fellowship and the requirements, and how to apply see

    Deadline for submission of applications is August 15, 2020. 

  • Monday, June 15, 2020 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Research in the Era of COVID-19: Archives, Libraries, and the Study of the West

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 

    400-530 PM (EDT)


    The current pandemic has transformed the life and work of colleges and universities around the world. Institutions of higher education shifted online; students, faculty, and staff departed campuses; libraries, archives, and special collections closed. Institutions also limited or prohibited faculty, staff, and student travel for conducting or presenting research.


    Many of these closures, limitations, and prohibitions remain in place, and the future of research remains uncertain. Consequently, historians face a significant challenge: how to teach and conduct research with restricted movement, limited institutional support, and unpredictable access to libraries, archives, and special collections?


    Archivists and librarians active in the Western History Association, with the encouragement of various faculty and graduate students, have undertaken to explore short, medium, and long-term solutions to these challenges, beginning with a free 90-minute webinar on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, to review select tools for facilitating online access to libraries, archives, and special collections critical to the study of the West. 


    All interested students of the West are welcome. Registration is limited to 500 persons. Brief presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer period for the audience. The session will be recorded for future reference.


    Subsequent webinars, based on expressed and perceived needs, will address discrete subjects of critical importance throughout the summer.


    To register in advance for this webinar:


    Or an H.323/SIP room system:

        H.323:  (US West) (US East) (India Mumbai) (India Hyderabad) (EMEA) (Australia) (Brazil) (Canada) (Japan)

        Meeting ID: 917 8731 0912



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    Questions? Contact J. Wendel Cox, Research & Learning Librarian, Dartmouth Library:

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 7:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now taking applications for the Davidson Family Fellowship. Visit their website for more details on how to apply:

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Connectivity Across Borders: Global Borderlands in Historical & Modern Perspective"

    2nd Biennial Symposium of Texas A&M University-San Antonio's Global Borders &

    Borderlands History Program

    March 26-27, 2021

    San Antonio, Texas

    Call For Papers

    Texas A&M University-San Antonio announces the second biennial symposium of its Global Borders and Borderlands History Program. The two-day symposium will consist of a Friday evening reception followed by a full day of panels on Saturday, with a lunchtime keynote address by historian Juliana Barr.

    Rather than dividing people and cultures, borders and borderlands often have the power to unite those in their midst. Modes of connection include cultural and economic exchange, political and diplomatic cooperation, and patterns of migration. We welcome proposals dealing with the role of borders and borderlands in shaping global narratives of connectivity across time and place. To this interdisciplinary end, we seek submissions from scholars who share a common interest in borders and borderlands as a methodological approach and analytical framework.

    The program committee requests both full panel and individual paper submissions. All submissions are due September 15, 2020 and should be emailed to: For individual paper submissions, submit a title and 300-word abstract, along with a 1-page C.V. For full panel submissions, submit a title and 300-word abstract, along with individual paper titles and abstracts, and a 1-page C.V. for each participant. Depending on the submissions received, there is a possibility for the publication of symposium papers in an edited volume with Texas A&M University Press.

    The symposium will take place on the Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus, with the generous support of the Office of the Provost and the Department of Communication, History and Philosophy.

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists invites you to place a nomination for the 2020 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award.

    Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs.  The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work.  Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond.

    EligibilityNominees must be from outside the archives profession.  Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

    Nominations should be sent through the online submission system by February 28, 2020 at

    Recent Winners Include: 

    2019:  Tempestt Hazel AND The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva)

    2018:  Yvonne Lewis Holley AND Brad Meltzer

    2017:  Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI)

    2016:  Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow

    2015:  Adrena Ifill Blagburn

    2014:  LGBT Center of Central PA History Project AND National History Day

    2013:  AARP Virginia and Dr. Warren Stewart

    2012:  Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart

    2011: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)

    2010:  The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

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