Society of Southwest Archivists

Steve Wimmer Southwest History Research Grant

  • 16 May 2022 12:56 PM
    Message # 12782198
    Hannah Wood (Administrator)

    This $1,000 grant helps bring researchers to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to facilitate their work. The grantee will have extensive access to the collections held in the New Mexico History Museum’s (NMHM) Fray Angélico Chávez History Library (FACHL). Priority given to candidates wishing to study an aspect, person, organization or industry from New Mexico History between 1879-1949. All scholars, whether affiliated with an institution or independent, are welcome to apply.

    The grant includes:

    • Stipend of $1,000, which can be used to support any aspect of the project. Payments will be made in 2 installments: the first $750 upon the award of the grant, the last $250 upon the completion of the project
    • Up to 1 week (5 weekdays) of onsite research at the FACHL
    • Up to 4 weeknight’s lodging
    • Research hosted and assisted by experienced archivists
    • Digitization of research documents for publication/ presentation and waiving of reproduction fees
    • Research assistance at the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives
    • Optional Activities Include:
    • Admission to the 4 state run museums (NM Museum of Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of International Folk Art,  and NM History Museum)
    • Individualized docent-led tour of NM History Museum
    • Docent-led tour of the La Fonda Hotel
    • Private walking tour of downtown Santa Fe
    The grantee will be expected to:
    • Spend a minimum of two weekdays conducting onsite research at the FACHL prior to October 31, 2022
    • Deliver a brief overview of their research while onsite.  Can either be at in-person event or recorded for dissemination on social media.  FACHL Librarians will facilitate planning.
    • Deliver an NMHM Friends of History Lecture based on research and referencing the Fund by November 2023.  As above, FACHL Librarians will liaise with the Friends of History to arrange this.
    • Write non-academic article for publication in El Palacio, NM Magazine, or similar publication highlighting some aspect of research and include a reference to the Fund. Article to be submitted by November 1, 2023
    • Provide a copy of final article to the Library
     The Steve Wimmer Southwest History Research Fund for the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library at the New Mexico History Museum was established in 2021.  It honors Steve's memory and enthusiasm for New Mexico history & cultural tourism which he shared with others in his role as the La Fonda Hotel's head concierge.  
    The New Mexico History Museum is a statewide educational resource, local landmark, and destination for anyone who wants to understand the diverse experiences of the people of New Mexico. The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library is a constituent member of the Museum and the state’s oldest library with collections spanning 700 years.  Its collections can be browsed via the online catalog and archival finding aids.
    Applications should include a letter of interest and a CV or resume.  Both should be no more than two pages.  Please include research question and specify at least one collection you are interested in using.  For best consideration, submit applications to Kathleen Dull at: by Friday, May 20, 2022. One grant will be awarded in 2022.

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