The John Hay Library and the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World are, in most years, jointly able to host one Interdisciplinary Opportunities fellow annually.
Applicants are invited to propose an undergraduate course, exhibition, curatorial project, conference, or symposium that engage with the John Hay Library's collections and will promote collaboration between scholars of the early modern period and the library. The fellow will be on a TA-ship or proctorship for one semester and a fellowship for the other semester. The fellow will be expected to participate actively in the scholarly culture of the John Hay Library and the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World, and will interact with a mentor in their field as well as the director of the John Hay Library.
The John Hay Library, comprising the Special Collections unit of the Brown University Library, contains some 400,000 monographs; 1,000,000 manuscripts; 500,000 pieces of sheet music; and 60,000 each of broadsides, photographs, prints, and postage stamps. While especially robust in the areas of the history of science and military iconography, it features unique materials and objects related to a diverse range of pertinent topics in the history of the Early Modern world, including art and architecture, Asian studies, Islamic studies, popular performance (especially theatre, fairs, fireworks and magicana), book arts, early printed books, children’s literature, history of medicine, printing and publishing history, caricature, military history, festival books, and the occult. For more information on these and other pertinent Special Collections, visit the website of the John Hay Library.
Above, banner image: J.W.P. Jenks with his taxidermy students, 1875. Four years earlier, John Whipple Potter Jenks had founded Brown’s Museum of Natural History, whose collections were mostly lost in the first half of the 20th century. Photo credit: John Hay Library and Brown University Archives.