Hagley Museum & Library Grants & Fellowships

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware is pleased to announce the recipients of grants and fellowships awarded from December 2020 to May 2021

Please note that the next deadline for applications for the exploratory and Henry Belin du Pont Fellowship research grants is June 30th; we offer longer-term residential fellowships as well.  For information on our full grant program, deadlines, and application requirements, go to https://www.hagley.org/research/grants-fellowships

Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships

This fellowship is designed for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree and are conducting research on their dissertation. Applications should demonstrate superior intellectual quality, present a persuasive methodology for the project, and show that there are significant research materials at Hagley pertinent to the dissertation. This is a residential fellowship with a term of four months. The fellowship provides $6,500, free housing on Hagley’s grounds, mail and internet access, and an office. Application deadline: November 15

Hagley Exploratory Research Grants

These grants support one-week visits by scholars who believe that their project will benefit from Hagley research collections, but need the opportunity to explore them on-site to determine if a Henry Belin du Pont Fellowship application is warranted. Priority will be given to junior scholars with innovative projects that seek to expand on existing scholarship. Applicants should reside more than 50 miles from Hagley, and the stipend is $400. Application deadlines: March 31, June 30 and October 31

Henry Belin du Pont Fellowships

These research grants enable scholars to pursue advanced research and study in the collections of the Hagley Library. They are awarded for the length of time needed to make use of Hagley collections for a specific project. The stipends are for a maximum of eight weeks and are pro-rated at $400/week for recipients who reside further than 50 miles from Hagley, and $200/week for those within 50 miles. Application deadlines: March 31, June 30 and October 31.

The NEH-Hagley Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society 

2021-2022 Fellow

Dylan Gottlieb

Dylan Gottlieb is a historian of the United States specializing in cities and capitalism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and a lecturer at Princeton University. His book project, titled Yuppies: Wall Street & the Remaking of New York, under contract with Harvard University Press, examines how “young, urban professionals” wielded the cutting edge of financialization in American life. You can learn more about Dylan by visiting https://www.dylangottlieb.org/  Information and application for the NEH-Hagley Fellowship on Business, Culture and Society are on Hagley Museum and Library’s website at https://www.hagley.org/neh-hagley-postdoctoral-fellowship-business-culture-and-society .

Louis Galambos National Fellowship in Business and Politics

2021-2022 Fellow

Salem Elzway

Salem Elzway is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Michigan, where his research focuses on STS (science, technology, & society) and political economy in the twentieth-century United States. His dissertation project is titled “Arms of the State: A History of the Industrial Robot in Postwar America.” You can learn more about Salem and his research on this episode of the Hagley History Hangout: https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-salem-elzway.  Information and application for the Louis Galambos National Fellowship in Business and Politics are on Hagley Museum and Library’s website at https://www.hagley.org/research/grants-fellowships/louis-galambos

Grants/Fellowships Award/December 2020

H. B. du Pont Dissertation Fellowship

Amanda Thompson

Ph. D. Candidate

Bard Graduate Center

Seminole and Micccosukee Patchwork:  Craft, Sovereignty, and Settler Colonial Relations

Exploratory Grants

Jason Barr

Professor

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

John J. Raskob and the Economics of the Empire State Buidling

Tracy Barnett

Ph.D. Candidate

Univerity of Georgia

“Men and Their Guns”:  The Culture of Self-Deputized Manhood in the South, 1850-1877

Clark Barwick

Senior Lecturer

Indiana University

American Coffee:  Peter Schlumbohm and Chemex Coffee Maker

Briceno Bowrey

Ph.D. Candidate

Univerity of Maryland, College Park

Biomedical Research at RCA, 1960-1990

Hanul Choe

Master’s Candidate

The University of Georgia

Distant Management:  American Political Development at the Panama Canal, 1904-14

Casey Eilbert

Ph.D. Candidate

Princeton University

Bureaucracy:  A Keyword in American Political History

Bryant Etheridge

Visiting Lecturer

Bridgewater State University

The Tragedy of Taft-Hartley:  Interunion Rivalry, New Deal Labor, and the Emergence of Post-War Conservatism

Gerard Fitzgerald

Visiting Scholar

George Mason University

The Nature of War:  An Evironmental History of Industrialization in the United States During World War I

Kelsey McNiff

Associate Professor

Endicott College

“Eight people of some talent, with so much virtue”:  A Portrait of the du Pont Family at their Arrival in the United States

Florencia Pierri

Ph.D. Candidate

Princeton University

Toys that Teach:  Computer Games in 1960s America

Aaron Van Ness

Ph.D. Candidate

Harvard University

“The Restoration of What?”: From The Persistence of Inexhaustibility in Fisheries Science

Emmet von Stackelberg

Ph.D. Candidate

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Seeing through Silver:  A Material and Chemical History of Moving Images before WWII

Michael Wheeler

Research Engineer

SRC, Inc.

The Repeal of the Corn Laws and US Transportation Investment

H. B. du Pont Fellowship

Cody Patton

Ph.D. Candidate

The Ohio State University

Nature’s Brew:  An Environmental History of American Brewing

2 weeks

Brian Sarginger

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Maryland, College Park

The Shareholder Movement:   Shareholder Activism and Activists in the 20th Century

4 weeks

Derek Vouri-Richard

Ph.D. Candidate

The College of William and Mary

Corporate Semiotics:  Creating US Mass Culture Pedegory, 1890-1970

2 weeks

Che Yeun

Ph.D. Candidate

Harvard University

Science and Self in the Modern Age of Smell

4 weeks

Grants/Fellowships Award/May 2021

Exploratory Grants

Jason Black

Professor

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Representations of U.S. and Canadian Masculinity in 20th Century Seagram Advertisements

Barrie Blatchford

Ph.D. Candidate

Columbia University

Fashion Victims:  An Environmental History of the American Fur Industry, 1870-2006

Bre Anne Brisley

Ph.D. Candidate

Indiana University

Examining Ernest Dichter’s International Correspondence

Ann Charles

Masters Candidate

Goucher College

The Five-Star: Eventing and Event Planning During a Pandemic

Beth DeFrancis Sun

Research and Reference Librarian

Georgetown University

The “X” Trade Patents:  Rediscovering America’s Lost Inventions

Youn Ki

Research Professor

Seoul National University

Employers’ Political Mobilization of Workers in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s

Suzy Kopf

Independent Scholar

Unpeeling the Orange Empire:  The Lasting Impact of Sunkist’s Advertising in the Twentieth Century

Benjamin Leavitt

Ph.D. Candidate

Baylor University

Partners in Design:  The Architectural History of Grove City College

Grace Ong Yan

Assistant Professor

Thomas Jefferson University

Inside the Architecture of Business, Networks & Media

Marshall Scheetz

Master Copper

Jamestown Cooperage LLC

Coopers, Cooperage, and Cask Production at E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

Mark Tseng-Putterman

Ph.D. Candidate

Brown University

Transpacific Networks:  Media, Infrastructure, and Ideology in America’s Asia

H. B. du Pont Fellowship

Robrecht Declerq

Postdoc

Ghent University

Saving Private Property:  American Business, Economic Sovereignty and Protecting Business Assets Abroad (1950-1995)

3 weeks

Maureen Thompson

Ph.D. Candidate

Florida International University

Capitalism, Crops, and Cultural Change Through the Lens of the W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company, 1876-1915

2 weeks

Reminder to contribute to online bibliography on Business & Power in business history

Dear colleagues, 

I write to request your collaboration in creating a bibliography on Business and Power. Professor Neil Rollings #BHC2021online Presidential Address generated a vivid conversation/chat among business historians on the definitions of power and the vast literature available to expand this discussion. The BHC seeks to document such debate and contribute to developing scholarship on the topic by creating an open bibliography on Business and Power. Please contribute your reference suggestions by adding full citations (and DOI numbers and URLs if possible) to https://docs.google.com/document/d/104PG0gku_SuaQJAqxk0HAp_zs9OvfYs2ZxGvshThCr0/edit?usp=sharing. Once this list is reasonably complete, we will curate it and transfer it to Zotero, and later open it for membership and public suggestions. 

Please add your references to the document or create sections such as Feminist Theory, Definitions of Power in Political Thought, or Business and Power.  

CfP: BHC conference 2022

Business History in Times of Disruption: Embracing Complexity and Diversity

Historia empresarial en tiempos de incertidumbre: acogiendo la complejidad y la diversidad [haga clic aquí para leer la convocatoria en español]

Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference

Sheraton Mexico City María Isabel Hotel

Ciudad de México, México

April 7-9, 2022

The Covid-19 crisis arrived with little warning, disrupting global business and trade. Industries as different as tourism, retail, and manufacturing were plunged into disarray by travel restrictions, broken supply chains, and quarantines. The pandemic also underscored the growing dangers posed by economic inequality and environmental degradation, hinting at a more tumultuous future.  We have, it seems, entered into a new age of uncertainty.

Informed by these developments, the 2022 Business History Conference will explore the diverse ways that entrepreneurs, firms, and organizations coped with complexity, uncertainty, and disruption over the long run. The Program Committee welcomes individual papers and session proposals that explore this theme. Submissions can address a host of topics: the historical challenge posed by complexity and uncertainty; the stories told about periods of turbulence, disruption and chaos; the ways that disruptions have engendered adaptation and resilience in different times and places; and any number of related subjects.

The Program Committee is especially interested in sessions and papers that contribute to a more inclusive, global, and pluralistic vision of business history. For example, submissions could address diverse geographic locales and time periods; analyze the different ways that race, class, and gender have affected the ability of entrepreneurs and firms to survive and thrive in previous eras of uncertainty; address the role of governments, politics, and power in deciding winners and losers in tumultuous times; and any number of similar subjects. Finally, the organizers welcome proposals with innovative formats that promote discussion on how to conduct research and teach business history in the so-called post-pandemic era.

While we encourage submissions to take up these themes, papers addressing all other topics will receive equal consideration by the program committee in accordance with BHC policy. Graduate students and emerging scholars in the field are particularly encouraged to attend. Graduate students and recent PhDs whose papers are accepted for the meeting may apply for funds to partially defray their travel costs; information will be sent out once the program has been set.

The Program Committee includes Stephen Mihm (University of Georgia) (co-chair); Paloma Fernández Pérez (Universitat de Barcelona) (co-chair); Gustavo del Angel (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE); Christy Chapin (University of Maryland); Ai Hisano (Kyoto University, 京都大学, Kyōto daigaku); Chinmay Tumbe (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, IIMA); along with BHC President Andrea Lluch (CONICET and Universidad de los Andes).

Proposals and Submissions

Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or entire sessions. Each presentation proposal should include a one-page (300 words) abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (CV) for each participant. Individual paper submissions will be combined into new sessions defined by themes chosen at the Program Committee’s discretion.

Session proposals (unless a roundtable) should include a maximum of four individual presentations. All session proposals should have a cover letter containing a title, a one-paragraph session description, and the names and affiliations of a recruited chair, as well as the contact information for the session organizer.

To submit a proposal, go to https://thebhc.org/proposal-instructions

For the second time, the BHC annual meeting will include two or three sessions with Spanish and Portuguese presentations to encourage the participation of colleagues from Latin America. In addition, the second edition of the Workshop on ‘Latin American Business in a Global and Historical Perspective’ will be organized on April 7th, co-organized with the Mexican Economic History Association. A separate Call for Papers for this Workshop will be circulated later. In the meantime, for more details about this special event, contact the AMHE at: amhe.historia@gmail.com.

The deadline for receipt of all paper and session proposals is October 1, 2021. Notification of acceptance will be given by November 15, 2021. Information on registration and fees for participation and the provisional program will be announced at the beginning of February 2022. Everyone appearing on the program must register for the meeting. 

Hotel Venue and the Coronavirus Situation

The BHC Conference 2022 will take place at the Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel (https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mexis-sheraton-mexico-city-maria-isabel-hotel/.  Special rates for standard rooms are $145 single/double occupancy, and deluxe rooms are $175 single/double plus tax.

Of course, we cannot yet determine if it will be possible for us to gather in Mexico City. We will closely follow the Coronavirus Disease situation. If necessary, we will switch to an online (or hybrid) mode in order to guarantee safe participation from presenters around the world.

General questions regarding the BHC’s 2022 annual meeting may be sent to conference coordinator Roger Horowitz, rh@udel.edu

Prizes

The K. Austin Kerr Prize will be awarded for the best first paper delivered by a new scholar at the annual meeting. A “new scholar” is defined as a doctoral candidate or a Ph.D. whose degree is less than three years old. You must nominate your paper for this prize on the proposal submission page where indicated. Please check the appropriate box if your proposal qualifies for inclusion in the Kerr Prize competition. 

The BHC awards the Herman E. Krooss Prize for the best English-language dissertation in business history by a recent Ph.D. in history, economics, business administration, history of science and technology, sociology, law, communications, and related fields. To be eligible, dissertations must be completed in the three calendar years immediately prior to the 2022 annual meeting and may only be submitted once for the Krooss prize. After the Krooss committee has reviewed the proposals, it will ask semi-finalists to submit copies of their dissertations. Finalists will present summaries of their dissertations at a plenary session and will receive a partial subsidy of their travel costs to the meeting. Proposals accepted for the Krooss Prize are not eligible for the Kerr Prize. If you wish to apply for this prize, submit a cover letter, dissertation abstract, and author’s c.v., using this form: https://thebhc.org/krooss-prize-nomination. The deadline for proposals for the Krooss prize is October 1, 2021.

The Martha Moore Trescott Award is awarded to the best paper at the intersection of business history and the history of technology presented at the Business History Conference’s annual meeting. The prize will be awarded on the basis of the written version of a paper to be presented at the annual meeting. Those wishing to be considered for the prize must indicate so at the time of submitting their original proposal for the meeting. Self-nominating scholars must also provide the written paper to the Chair of the committee not less than one month before the annual meeting. Though the prize will be awarded on the basis of the written paper, candidates must register for the meeting and present their work. Scholars who are eligible for the Kerr Prize may also enter the Trescott Prize. There are no other restrictions on eligibility. Written papers should be no longer than 4,000 words (exclusive of notes, bibliography, appendices, figures, and illustrations).

Doctoral Colloquium in Business History  

The Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop, funded by Cambridge University Press, will occur in Mexico City (April 7th). Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to early-stage doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history, from any relevant discipline. Topics (see https://thebhc.org/doctoral-colloquia for past examples) may range from the early modern era to the present and explore societies across the globe. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars (including at least two BHC officers), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories. Typically, participants receive partial stipends to defray the costs of travel to the annual meeting.

 Applications for the doctoral colloquium are due by Monday, November 15, 2021, via email to Carol Lockman (clockman@Hagley.org ) and should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Prof. Eric Godelier (eric.godelier@polytechnique.edu). Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decisions by Monday, December 20, 2021.

New Hagley History Hangout episodes

 New episode is available in the Hagley History Hangout—In this episode, Gregory Hargreaves interviews Danya Pilgrim about her book project “Gastronomic Alchemy: How Black Philadelphia Caterers Transformed Taste into Capital, 1790-1925.” In support of her research, Pilgrim, assistant professor at Temple University, received exploratory and Henry Belin du Pont research grants from the Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, & Society.

In “Gastronomic Alchemy,” Pilgrim reveals the development and efflorescence of a Philadelphia catering industry owned and operated by African American waiters, brokers, cooks, & others. Through their work, black caterers earned economic success and cultural influence in Philadelphia that combined to form meaningful capital, which helped to create and support a vibrant black community. By uncovering this process of capital formation, Dr. Pilgrim “illuminates how one group of African Americans fought for self-determination in every aspect of their lives.”

Interview available at  https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-danya-pilgrim.  

Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at  https://www.hagley.org/hagley-history-hangout

Cambridge-LSE workshop on African Economic History 29-30 June 2021

The third annual Cambridge-LSE Workshop on African economic history will take place on Zoom from 29-30 June 2021. In this exceptional year, this workshop will be one of a series of smaller meetings replacing the annual meeting of the African Economic History Network, which has been postponed.

We are inviting submissions in all fields of African economic history, particularly from advanced PhD students and early career scholars. The workshop will be held over two half-days and the programme will focus on short presentation of pre-circulated papers.

Please submit a CV and extended abstract of 300-500 words to l.a.gardner@lse.ac.uk by 4 June, 2021.

Best wishes,
Leigh Gardner, on behalf of the African Economic History Network