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Call for Proposals: Ernie O’Malley Family Research Grants

by NYU Libraries Communications on 2022-05-05T16:41:00-04:00 | Comments

 

Timeline and Contacts

Application Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2022, at 5:00 PM for Spring/Fall 2022 Fellowships

Awards Notification: Monday, August 1, 2022

Grant Period Start Date: Recipients may select visits that commence September to December 2022 or February to August 2023; summer visits are contingent upon ongoing renovation projects in NYU Special Collections. All fellowship terms are subject to change depending on University policies related to COVID-19. NYU Libraries will work with fellowship recipients to advise on adjusting schedules based on University or NYU Special Collections closures.  

Contacts:  

Nicholas Wolf, NYU Libraries, nicholas.wolf@nyu.edu

Shannon O’Neill, Tamiment-Wagner Collections, NYU Libraries, smo224@nyu.edu

 

Overview

The New York University Division of Libraries and Glucksman Ireland House, the Center for Irish and Irish American Studies at NYU, are pleased to announce the opening of our annual application period for Ernie O'Malley Family Research Grants. These grants are meant to facilitate travel to New York City to enable scholars or journalists to conduct short-term archival research in the Ernie O'Malley and Cormac O'Malley Papers held in the Archives of Irish America at the NYU Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Grants will be made at one of two levels described below, ranging from $500 to $3,000, for research stays of one to three or more weeks in length (note that NYU cannot provide housing or office space). Residential Grant recipients are expected to present on the progress of their research at a Glucksman Ireland House/NYU Libraries O’Malley research seminar. Further information about the O'Malley Papers can be found in the online finding aids for the Ernie O'Malley Papers, AIA 060, http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/tamwag/aia_060, and the Cormac K. H. O'Malley Papers, AIA 019, http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/tamwag/aia_019.

Grant Start Terms and Access to the Collections

Successful applicants for this grant will receive sponsorship from the Head of Special Collections to meet regulations for collections access and will be subject to NYU Visitors Guidelines. Compliance with NYU Covid-19 policies and procedures as noted in the Visitors Guidelines will be required, including vaccination and mask compliance in all indoor public spaces on campus.

Successful applicants may choose the research period of residency any time between September 1, 2022, and December 15, 2022, or January 17, 2023 and August 15, 2023. Research appointments are subject to periodic reading room closures necessitated by ongoing NYU projects. Researchers planning to use particular documents should confirm their availability in advance.

Exploratory Grant

This grant is designed for researchers interested in conducting exploratory research in the O'Malley Family Papers over a brief period—a week or more— in order to assess and become familiar with the available materials in preparation for more substantive future research. Scholars at all stages of their career who have reached the postgraduate stage (graduate student, postdoctoral researchers, faculty or post-PhD equivalent) are encouraged to apply. Although funding will be available for a one-week time frame, applicants are welcome to propose a longer visit supported by their own funds.

Applications in this category will require:

  1. A project proposal describing your overall research agenda as it relates to the Ernie O'Malley and Cormac O'Malley Papers, a preliminary description of sources you wish to explore in the collection, a summary of how they might inform your research questions, the length of stay you plan to dedicate to your visit, and your estimated arrival date. This proposal should be no longer than two single-spaced pages.

  2. A curriculum vitae.

  3. A narrative budget document listing your estimated travel and accommodation expenses in the range of $500 to $3,000.

  4. A letter of support from a colleague affiliated with a scholarly or research institution  speaking to the merits and potential of your research project.

  5. To apply, place all documents in an online hosted location (e.g. a Google Drive or Dropbox folder) and send the link by email to Shannon O’Neill, smo224@nyu.edu, and Nicholas Wolf, nicholas.wolf@nyu.edu. Use the subject line “O’Malley Family Research Grant Application.”

Residential Research Grant

This grant category is open to scholars interested in conducting more sustained research in the O'Malley Family Papers at NYU. These grants support approximately three weeks of research in New York and may be supplemented by external funds if the scholar wishes to extend the term of stay. Scholars at all stages of their career who have reached the postgraduate stage (graduate student, postdoctoral researchers, faculty or post-PhD equivalent) are encouraged to apply. Holders of the Residential Research Grant are expected to present their research and findings at a Glucksman Ireland House/NYU Libraries O’Malley research seminar. Recipients of a previous Exploratory Grant are eligible to apply for the Residential Research Grant.

Applications in this category will require:

  1. A project proposal describing your broad research agenda, a preliminary description of the sources in the collection you wish to explore and how they might aid your research questions, the length of stay you intend to dedicate to your visit, and an estimate of the date when you would arrive. This proposal should not be longer than two single-spaced pages.

  2. A curriculum vitae.

  3. A narrative budget document listing your estimated travel and accommodation expenses in the range of $500 and $3,000.

  4. Letter of support from a colleague affiliated with a scholarly or research institution who can speak to the merits and potential of your research project.

  5. To apply, place all documents in an online hosted location (e.g. a Google Drive or Dropbox folder) and send the link by email to Shannon O’Neill, smo224@nyu.edu, and Nicholas Wolf, nicholas.wolf@nyu.edu. Use subject line “O’Malley Family Research Grant Application.”

 

Collection Strengths

The records of the Ernie O’Malley and Cormac O’Malley Papers contain wide-ranging material on a number of subjects, reflecting the eventful life of Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) himself and the lives of his family and contacts on both sides of the Atlantic. The collection includes original writings, correspondence, early drafts of published works, legal and financial records, material related to art and art history, documentation related to Irish revolutionary history, the Irish American community of the latter half of the twentieth century, and the politics of Northern Ireland. The collection presents a tremendous opportunity for researchers seeking new views of twentieth-century history.

Researchers are welcome to propose topics for research that make use of any aspect of the collection. Some suggested subjects and document references include:

Folklore and Literature

  • Ernie O’Malley's poetry (see document ranges B1/F28-63; B2/F3)

  • Revolutionary Ballads (see B2/F52-58; B11/F4, F17, F21; B12/F2; B40/F27)

  • Irish Folklore and Proverbs (see B10/F27, B11/F2, F3, F5, F9, F11; B12, F4A, F10; B12, F20, B12/F10, F18; B15/F24, F17-19; B16/F1)

History

  • Irish early twentieth-century revolutionary history, including interviews and letters (B13/F14, 16A, 16B; B14/F24; B15/F10-11; B16/F5A-B)

Art

  • Irish modern art at its inception and interviews with modern artists, 1930-1945 (see B14/F9; B20/F19; B21/F12, 13; B21/F17, F19-20)


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