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September 2001


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The New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust provide awards for qualified applicants to pursue research using the vast resources of the New York State Archives.  The Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program is intended to support advanced work in New York State history, government or public policy by covering research expenses.  It also encourages public dissemination of research products.  The program honors a former New York State Archivist who oversaw the dramatic development of the State Archives between 1981 and 1995.

Private contributions and special grants to the Archives Partnership Trust provide the financial basis for the Hackman Research Residency Program. In 1998, The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Inc. gave a generous contribution towards the establishment of an endowment for the program. The 2001 Residency Program is funded in part from the endowment earnings, as well as private contributions, and builds on the earlier successes funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. This year's combined support enables the Partnership Trust to maintain prior years' award levels, as well as to continue with invitational fellowships to well-known authorities whose scholarship is needed to complete priority projects. Gifts are welcomed at Archives Partnership Trust, Cultural Education Center - Suite 9C49, Albany, New York 12230.

Applicants working on doctoral dissertations and those at the postdoctoral level are particularly encouraged to apply, but any individual proposing research of the unique resources in the New York State Archives will be considered.  Projects involving alternative uses of the Archives, such as background research for multimedia projects, exhibits, documentary films, and historical novels, are also eligible. The topic or area of study must draw, at least in part, on the holdings of the New York State Archives.  Preference will be given to projects: (1) that have application to enduring public policy issues, particularly in New York State, (2) that rely on holdings that have been little used and are not available electronically or on microfilm, and (3) that have a high probability of publication or other public dissemination.

Awards are intended to defray costs of travel, lodging, meals, and other research-related expenses, while also rewarding scholarship, creativity, and promise. Award amounts range from $100 to $4,500 depending on the length of stay at the Archives and research expenses. Research visits range from a few days to several weeks depending upon the nature of the research. Awards are not intended to replace income.  (Eligible costs are indicated on the application.)

Application forms will be available: on-line: www.nysarchives.org or contact: Archives Partnership Trust, Cultural Education Center, Room 9C49, Albany, New York 12230; phone: 518-473-7091; fax: 518-473-7058; e-mail: [log in to unmask]

Applications must be received by January 31, 2002.  Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of scholars and archivists familiar with the State Archives and its holdings.  Decisions will be made by March 31, 2002.

Residencies must be completed by May 31, 2003.  At the end of the residency, awardees are expected to submit a final report on their research experience in order to receive final payment of the award. Residents are expected to make one public presentation (copy of presentation and program should be submitted to the Archives Partnership Trust) or submit an article to New York Archives magazine for possible publication on the results of the project.  New York Archives is not an academic or peer-reviewed publication, but one that is intended to appeal to a wide audience including scholars, individuals and educators who possess a broad interest in history. Articles should be approximately 1,000 to 1,500 words.  Contact the magazine editor at 518-474-6926 for information regarding article submission or to request a copy of New York Archives.

The New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust should be credited in any publication or dissemination of research results.  Consult with State Archives staff regarding citation of records in the New York State Archives.  A copy of any publication should be provided to the Archives Partnership Trust.

Potential applicants should contact the Archives Public Services staff before completing the application to discuss their research topic and the records that they propose to use.  Contact: Dr. James D. Folts, Head, Reference Services, New York State Archives; phone: 518-474-8955; e-mail: [log in to unmask]
A published "Guide to Records in the New York State Archives" is available from the State Archives, along with finding aids on some specific topics, or on the records of particular agencies.  The published guide to the Archives, the online catalog of record series descriptions, and selected topical finding aids are available on-line at www.archives.nysed.gov.