Gary E. and Carolyn J. Strong Special Collections Fellowship

Questions? Contact Ben Hunter, Dean of University Libraries, at bhunter@uidaho.edu

DEADLINE: April 9, 2021


Call for Applications

The University of Idaho Library invites graduate students from any discipline at the University of Idaho to apply for the Gary E. and Carolyn J. Strong Special Collections Fellowship. This program funds one student each year to work for the faculty and staff at the Library to increase the visibility and use of previously unprocessed collections in the University of Idaho Library’s Special Collections & Archives. The fellowship occurs during the summer of 2021 for a period of six to eight weeks, with exact dates to be negotiated with the successful applicant. Though priority is given to doctoral students, masters students may be selected. Eligible applicants must have plans to enroll in the fall semester after the fellowship.

Applicants may select from projects listed below that they find interesting, and/or may submit a proposal for a different project which forward the goals of increasing the visibility and use of previously unprocessed collections in the U of I Library’s Special Collections & Archives. The activities of the fellow will be focused on processing and digitizing previously unprocessed accessions. University of Idaho Library personnel will assist and guide the work; applicants will not be required to have experience in creating digital collections.

The deliverables from the fellowship will be materials such as finding aids that assist in discovery and use of the collection, a digital collection hosted by the U of I Library, or a multi-modal interpretative essay that uses embedded digital items (images, PDFs, videos, etc.) from the fellow’s research to introduce their research and describe their experience on the fellowship. All deliverables will be made publicly available through the U of I Library webpage.

The award includes a $4,500 student fellowship paid as a bi-weekly stipend and up to $500 in research funds to help cover the cost of materials and supplies, project-related travel expenses, etc.


Application Process

Applicants must submit:

  1. A letter of no more than 300 words detailing interest in this fellowship and previous experience, education, and/or training that prepare the applicant for the work of this project.
  2. A current resume or CV.
  3. A letter of support from a U of I faculty member.
  4. (Required only if proposing a project not detailed below) A summary of no more than 300 words detailing the proposed project and outlining how it increases the visibility and use of previously unprocessed collections in the U of I Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Submit an Application

Applications are due Friday, April 9th by the end of the day and a decision will be announced within two weeks of the deadline.


Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Application materials are clearly written and demonstrate the applicant’s understanding of the nature and purpose of the project, how it relates to other work in the field, and it includes a plan for accomplishing project goals.
  • The project forwards the goals of increasing the visibility and use of the University of Idaho’s Special Collections and Archives.
  • Proposed project allows student to take intellectual ownership and can be reasonably completed in the allotted time period.
  • Student is prepared for the project (coursework, experience, interest and ability to navigate and use primary sources, etc.)
  • Faculty member has submitted supportive recommendation.

Potential Projects

Potlatch Logging Company collection of photos, slides, brochures, etc.

  • Variety of materials from the Potlatch collection; includes photography of Lewiston sawmill modernization, press materials for The Last Sawlog Drive, forest appraisements, and much more. The fellow will be responsible for processing (rehousing and organizing), describing (creating a finding aid), and creating a digital collection from a selection of the materials.

Women in Natural Resources records

  • Women in Natural Resources was a University of Idaho publication that focused on women natural resources fields. Materials in the collection include office files, as well as several copies of the magazine. The fellow will be responsible for processing (rehousing and organizing) and describing (creating a finding aid) for the collection. They will also create a digital collection featuring all the issues of the Women in Natural Resources.

Palouse Empire Science Fiction Association records

  • This collection is approximately 8 cubic feet and consists of records and ephemera from science fiction conventions and fandoms in the Pacific Northwest, including MosCon. Materials include photographs, program books, and other memorabilia. The MosCon programs have already been digitized, but there may be other materials of interest that could be added to a digital collection or used for blog posts. The fellow would be responsible for processing (rehousing and organizing) and describing (creating a finding aid) for the collection, as well as identifying and digitizing materials to be used for a digital collection or series of blog posts they will write.

Bunker Hill Mining Company records

  • Approximately 12 boxes, a good portion are binders with proposals, field sheets, field notes; assay maps; some photographs; ledgers; and a shaft progress report work up sheet. The fellow will be responsible for processing (rehousing and organizing), describing (creating a finding aid), and creating a digital collection from a selection of the materials.

League of Women Voters-Moscow records

  • 4 accessions, 16.5 cubic feet total, This collection has a significant run of their local newsletter which would lend itself well to a digital collection. The fellow will be responsible for processing (rehousing and organizing), describing (creating a finding aid), and creating a digital collection from a selection of the materials.

Questions about the fellowship and the application process should be directed to Ben Hunter, Dean of University Libraries, bhunter@uidaho.edu