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Tompkins Fellowship

The Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), permits a graduate student in architectural history or a related field to work on a 12-week HABS history project during the summer. The Fellow will conduct research on a nationally significant U.S. building or site, and will prepare a written history to become part of the permanent HABS collection. The Fellow's research interests and goals will inform the building or site selected by HABS staff. The Fellow is usually stationed in the HABS Washington, DC, office. Recipients are also required to upload a minimum of 50 images to SAH's SAHARA image database.

AWARD STIPEND

The award consists of a $10,000 stipend. The successful applicant will be notified in late January and will be recognized during the SAH's 70th Annual Meeting held in June in Glasgow, Scotland. The award includes travel, hotel accommodation, and registration for the SAH Annual Meeting up to $1,000.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants should be pursuing graduate studies in U.S. architectural history or a related field.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Please submit the following by December 31, 2016 (postmark date or email receipt):

  1. Resume
  2. College Transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  3. Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member or recent employer
  4. Writing Sample: an unpublished paper, not to exceed 40 pages, demonstrating primary research and a command of secondary sources, in architectural history or an aspect of the built environment.

Applications should be submitted to:

Lisa Davidson, Coordinator
Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship
Heritage Documentation Programs
National Park Service (2270)
1201 Eye Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
TEL: (202) 354-2179
FAX: (202) 371-6473
email: lisa_davidson@nps.gov

NOTE: Applicants are encouraged to submit a separate application for summer historian positions with HABS/HAER/HALS.

PAST FELLOWS

Past Fellows have worked with measured drawings teams in the field and have produced historical reports on varied sites for HABS, such as Rancho Santa Fe in California (1991), Lowell Observatory in Arizona (1994), Graeme Park in Pennsylvania (2000), and the William Allen White House in Kansas (2002). Fellows also have provided research and text to supplement concurrent documentation efforts such as the southern textile mill housing study (1997) and the analysis of the rowhouse building type (1998). Fellows have written HABS histories on the urban renewal area in southwest Washington, DC (2004), War Department-era structures (including the Lodge House, Rostrum, and Observation Tower) at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD (2009), music industry-related sites in Nashville, TN (2012, including RCA Studio B and United Record Pressing Plant), the former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Washington Chapel (2015), and LGBTQ nightlife-related sites in Washington, DC (2016).

Past winners of the fellowship:

1991
Lauren Farber (University of Delaware)
1992
Dena Sanford
1993
Keith L. Eggener
1994
Rebecca A. Jacobsen
1995
Sheila R. Crane
1996
Jean Louis Guarino
1997
Christopher P. VerPlanck (University of Virginia)
1998
Katherine M. Larson (University of Vermont)
1999
No award
2000
Jon Lamar Wilson (University of Mississippi)
2001
Kathryn Wollan (University of California - Santa Barbara)
2002
Rachel Leibowitz (University of Illinois- Urbana/Champaign)
2003
Margaret Tulloch (University of Virginia)
2004
Francesca Russello Ammon (Yale University)
2005
LaDale C. Winling (University of Michigan)
2006
David Amott (University of Delaware)
2007
Lisa J. Mroszczyk (Columbia University)
2008
No award
2009
Susan Hall (University of California, Riverside)
2010
Kate M. Kocyba (University of Missouri)
2011
Kathryn Lasdow (University of Virginia)
2012
Rachel Hopkin (Western Kentucky University)
2013
Kate Reggev (Columbia University)
2014
Rebecca Summer (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
2015
Samuel Palfreyman (Boston University)
2016
Amber Bailey (Loyola University Chicago)