Students are invited to apply for one-semester, or summer fellowship with the Lafayette libraries’ Special Collections & Archives.
The Friends of Skillman Library Fellowships provide hands-on learning opportunities intended to build research skills and understanding of archives, rare books, and special collections. Through sustained focus on bibliographic or archival material, the activity will focus on experiential projects with original historical sources held in Skillman Library.
End products of fellowships can be exhibits or collections, either physical or digital, through curatorial and interpretive work. Other types of projects that make use of the unique collections of the college may also be considered. While we are open to projects concerning all types of topics and interests, we prioritize projects that help to surface the experiences of underrepresented groups; and/or prepare students for careers in archives, libraries, and museums.
Potential projects could include:
• Marquis de Lafayette for the 21st Century: Contribute research for exhibitions related to Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, and consider how Lafayette related items can inform contemporary conversations in politics, the concept of revolution, and the establishment of more equitable societies.
• Beyond the Biography of a College: Work within the archives of Lafayette College and examine physical and digital historically significant documents pertaining to student groups and student experiences and place them in expanded historical contexts.
• History of Science and Observation: Investigate the library’s collection of rare books related to natural science to determine new ways to view these items as textual artifacts capable of informing larger questions about race and gender, and to highlight any absences, gaps, and silences that exist in these materials.
• Histories of the Lehigh Valley: Explore the library’s physical and digital collections pertaining to local histories of Easton and its surrounding region.
• Exploring Digital Collections: Make use of the library’s digital holdings (including images, text objects, maps, oral histories, and other items) in the Lafayette Digital Repository.
Students interested in applying for a fellowship should first contact Thomas Lannon, Director of Special Collections & Archives, to discuss their interests and identify a possible project.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However because the number of fellowships is limited to 2 per semester, students should apply as soon as possible.
After discussing their project with the Director of Special Collections, students should submit an application including: