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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Research award: John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program

I was a beneficiary of this scheme in the autumn of 2007, when I spent a very productive month delving into the correspondence of H G Wells (and am still assimilating all the material and trying to follow up the numerous leads therefrom - so far I've produced a couple of papers drawing on this research, one forthcoming in The Wellsian and one available as a podcast - but there are a lot more places it could go).

Another collection of interest there (though rather too N American focused for my specific purposes) was the papers of Ewing C. Baskette, lawyer, librarian and bibliographer. Includes 19th century speeches, letters and manuscripts on cases dealing with anarchism, the Centralia case, communal living, syndicalism, socialism, the International Workers of the World, freedom of expression and censorship. Lots of rare pamphlets and ephemera.

The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards stipends of $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to come and spend a month or so of study with our materials. 

The research strengths of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library are manifold. Comprehensive collections support studies in printing and printing history, Renaissance studies, Elizabethan and Stuart life and letters, John Milton and his age, emblem studies, economic history, and works on early science and natural history. The library also houses the papers of such diverse literary figures as Carl Sandburg, H.G. Wells, William Maxwell, and W.S. Merwin.

For further information about this program, how to apply, and to find out more about The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, please visit our Web site at:

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