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Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship. Established by the Eudora Welty Foundation and the Department of Archives and History, the $2,000 fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student for research within the department’s Eudora Welty Collection. The fellowship seeks to nurture scholars at the beginning of their academic careers in order to increase their lifelong interest in, and promote continued academic and public appreciation of, Eudora Welty’s life and works.

“This is the eighth consecutive year the Eudora Welty Foundation has funded the award," said David Pilcher, director of the MDAH Archives and Record Services Division. "Their generosity makes it possible for yet another highly qualified fellow to travel to the state archives and use these one-of-a-kind materials."

The stipend may be used for travel, housing, and other expenses during the fellow’s two-week minimum stay in Jackson. For more information or to apply, click here. The deadline is February 23.

The Eudora Welty Collection is the world’s finest collection of materials related to Welty and one of the most varied literary collections in the United States. The collection includes manuscripts, letters, photographs, drawings, essays, and film and video footage that spans Welty’s entire life.

Beginning in 1957, and over the course of more than forty years, Welty donated materials to the department, primarily literary manuscripts and photographs. At her death the remainder of her papers were bequeathed to MDAH and included unpublished manuscripts and 14,000 items of correspondence with family, friends, scholars, young writers, and noted writers.

The collection may be accessed at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, 200 North Street, Jackson. For more information on the collection or the fellowship, contact Forrest Galey at 601-576-6850 or by email at fgaley@mdah.ms.gov.

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