2012 Andersen Research Scholars Chosen
Nine students and faculty members from institutions around the world have been named this year's Andersen Research Scholars. Each will receive between $500 and $2000 to support travel, housing, and other related costs for research in various special collections in Andersen Library over the coming year. Named for former governor and University of Minnesota regent Elmer L. Andersen, the program honors the Governor's passion for collecting and for expanding the use of the collections. The following 2012 scholars will complete their research by December 31, 2012 and deposit the product of their research with the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Aamodt will produce a feature-length radio documentary on science fiction writer Clifford Simak using Simak's papers in the Upper Midwest Literary Archives.
PhD candidate in history, University of Maryland-College Park
Hinnershitz will use the Kautz Family YMCA Archives for her dissertation, "Building the Cultural Bridge: Chinese, Filipino, and Japanese Students and West Coast Civil Rights, 1915-1968."
PhD candidate in history, University of Western Ontario
Weier will use the Kautz Family YMCA Archives for his dissertation and two conference papers pertaining to the YMCA's involvement with conflict and with the US military from 1861 to the present.
Associate professor, Texas A&M University
Ives will use the Ellen Raskin papers in the Children's Literature Research Collections to publish a book relating to the publishing history of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market.
PhD candidate in history, Southern Illinois University
Kisat will use several collections in the Social Welfare History Archives to inform her dissertation about women in the Great Depression.
Professor, University of Sheffield (England)
Knepper will use the Social Welfare History Archives, specifically the American Social Health Association records, for a book on traffic in women during the interwar period.
Professor, Saint Louis University
Parker will use the James Ford Bell Library's collection in Dutch ethnographic and travel literature from the 17th century to produce a book focusing on Calvinist engagement with non-European, non-Christian societies around the world.
Associate professor of English and philosophy, West Point
Roffman will use the Robert Bly papers in the Upper Midwest Literary Archives for a biography of the early life of American poet John Ashbery.
Professor of English, University of South Carolina
Schwebel will use the Kerlan Collection in the Children's Literature Research Collections to research Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins to produce the first scholarly, critical edition of O'Dell's landmark novel.
Several of these scholars have visited Andersen Library previously, only to find that our holdings were too rich and extensive for a single research trip. We are very pleased to be able to bring them back to further their research.