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The William E. Foley Research Fellowship

The Friends of the Missouri State Archives offers the William E. Foley Research Fellowship to help support the use of public records in scholarly research. Any research project that utilizes the holdings of the Missouri State Archives, and/or its St. Louis branch, to further knowledge of state or national history is eligible for funding.

The Archives is the official repository for all state records of historical value. Its holdings date from 1770 and include more than 338 million pages of paper records; 770,000 photographs and prints; 9,000 maps; 199,000 microfilm reels; tens of thousands of state publications; and an important collection of audiotapes, DVDs/CDs and videos. Included in these documents are records concerning: the western fur trade; slavery; the Civil War; military records from the War of 1812 to the start of World War II; European immigration; and modern Missouri politics. Among the larger records series are: governors’ papers; general assembly records; Supreme Court of Missouri case files; records and publications from state departments and agencies; and millions of microfilmed county and municipal records.

Fellowships are funded by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives and are intended to defray expenses incurred when visiting the Archives and/or its St. Louis branch. Awards are based on estimated expenses up to $1,500.

Fellows must complete their research within a year of the award date and are required to submit a final report explaining the work performed. Furthermore, fellows must acknowledge the Friends of the Missouri State Archives’ William E. Foley Research Fellowship in any work(s) resulting from the research, as well as provide the Missouri State Archives with a copy of any such work(s).

Selection will be based on the soundness of the proposal; relation to the Archives’ holdings as demonstrated by citation of specific collections; qualifications of the applicant; and potential for impact within the academic community. Further, proposals making use of materials only available onsite at the Missouri State Archives or its St. Louis branch will be given preference over those involving federal and state records already available online. Notification of awards are made in April.