William H. Helfand Fellowship for American Visual Culture

The Visual Culture Program at the Library Company invites applications for its month-long fellowship award to be granted for research in residence during 2020– 2021. 

The fellowship is designed to promote scholarship in visual culture through the study of textual and graphic sources from the 16th through early 20th centuries held in the collections of the library. Possible research topics include the production and consumerism of printed graphics; the histories of printing and photographic processes; popular iconography; ephemera; incunabula; the illustrated book trade; and historical depictions of gender, race, and class. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend the Library Company’s public programs and events, participate in the vibrant scholarly community of Philadelphia, and present a lecture about their research.

Fellows have studied topics as varied as the relationship between text and images in American primers for children; the graphic arts in Philadelphia from 1780 to 1880; and the intersection of science and art in the production of daguerreotypes.

The deadline for receipt of one-month fellowship applications is March 1, 2020, with a decision to be made by April 15. To apply, visit our online application, fill out a required electronic cover sheet, and submit one portable document format (PDF) containing a résumé and a 2-4 page description of the proposed research. One letter of recommendation should arrive under separate cover in PDF format as well. Please email materials to fellowships@librarycompany.org. If you wish to apply for more than one fellowship, simply check more than one box on your electronic cover sheet.

For more information, telephone (215) 546-3181 or e-mail Erika Piola.