Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance Award

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) offers awards for one full or half-day workshop, and conference registration, including the Friday Luncheon and Saturday Breakfast.
Named in memory of Karen A. Stuart, a Library of Congress archivist who had been head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society, this award is expressly aimed at those associated with Local History Collections. Active with MARACon the Publications Committee and also as Maryland Caucus Chair, Karen maintained a life-long interest in local history and genealogy, respecting and encouraging the scholarly practice of each. In her career, she assisted thousands of researchers investigating Maryland local history, and through her guidance she also impacted the careers of local history practitioners throughout the state. Karen loved local history so it is fitting that this award bears her name as MARAC supports the professional growth of others dedicated to the field.
QUALIFICATIONS: Individuals must currently be associated with a local history collection that is open to the public on a regular basis in the MARACregion. Volunteers as well as paid staff would be eligible. Priority would be given to local history collections located in the meeting’s host city for the purpose of networking opportunities, but would not exclude other applicants.
APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a current resume, a cover letter describing their organization and demonstrating financial need, a statement of the expected benefits of attending, and one letter of reference from a person with knowledge of the applicant’s work.
TO APPLY: Send application materials to Emily Cottle, MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, at emilyrcottle@gmail.com.
All applicants will get an email confirming that their application has been received.
DEADLINES: For the Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance award, the deadline for receipt of applications is September 14, 2016.

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