E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship

The application period for the 2019 E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Research Fellowship is closed. Information about the 2020 award will be available in October.

In an effort to enhance the public’s knowledge and understanding of the heritage of Nantucket, Massachusetts, the Nantucket Historical Association offers an annual fellowship, the E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship. Established in 1999, the award encourages research in the collections of the Nantucket Historical Association Research Library and is open to academics, graduate students, and independent scholars.

The Nantucket Historical Association is the principal repository of Nantucket history, with extensive archives, collections of historic properties, and art and artifacts that broadly illustrate Nantucket’s past. Topics of research for recent scholars have included health aboard whaleships, women at sea, scrimshaw, samplers, local artists, Nantucket’s architectural heritage, Quakerism, the African-American and Cape Verdean communities, the Quaise Asylum, and abolitionism.

Award Overview and Requirements

The E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellow will commit to a research residency of up to three weeks during March–May or October–December 2019. The fellow also agrees to participate in the intellectual life of the association, including delivering a public presentation on their research topic and preparing an article suitable for publication in Historic Nantucket.

The Verney Fellow receives a stipend of $300 per week during their time in residence, for up to three weeks. Travel expenses are reimbursed up to $600. Additionally, housing is available at the Thomas Macy House, a history property owned by the association, during the three week period.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A project proposal (up to 1,000 words), including
    • a description of the project and its significance,
    • a description of the anticipated research outcomes and audiences, and
    • the specific materials the applicant wishes to consult and their relevance to the project.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • One letter of recommendation.
    • For applicants who do not hold a Ph.D., the letter must come from a faculty member familiar with your work and with the project being proposed.
  • Proposed dates of travel.

Research topics should be strongly supported by the Nantucket Historical Association’s collections. We encourage prospective applicants to email Amelia Holmes, Associate Director of the Research Library, to discuss their research project and the collections that might support it before submitting an application.

Applications or inquiries may be sent to:
Verney Fellowship
c/o Amelia Holmes
Nantucket Historical Association
PO Box 1016
Nantucket, MA 02554
-or-
aholmes@nha.org
(with subject line: Verney Fellowship)

 

Verney Fellows

Research Topics and Resulting Publications

2018
Matthew Stackpole
“Nantucket shoreside industries in the 19th century”
2017
Meaghan M. Fritz
“American Widows Willed: Extralegal Citizenship and the Literature of Womanhood”
2016
Jeffrey Kovach
“Economics of the Leadership of the Quaker Women’s Meetings on Nantucket in the Eighteenth Century”
2015
Sarah Crabtree
Tinker, Traitor, Coward, Spy!: The (mis)adventures of William Rotch”
2014
Ben Shattuck
“History-based fiction: Edwin Chase”
2013
Edward D. Melillo
“Out of the Blue: Nantucket and the Pacific World”
2012
Seth Bruggeman
“Ships in a Bottle: The History of American Maritime Museums in the Twentieth Century”
2011
Brigid Harmon
“Feasts, Flogging and Famine: Complex Foodways on Nantucket Whaleships”
2010
Elizabeth Watts Pope
“Life of Phebe Folger Coleman”

Research for dissertation: “The Fruits of an Island Education in Phebe Folger’s Commonplace Book”

2009
David Milne
“Curatorial & Interpretive Study of NHA Properties”
2008
Bette S. Weidman
 “’Sconset-born Charles Frederick Briggs: Early New York Novelist and Editor” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Summer 2008)
2007
Debra McManis
“A Study of New England Farming”
Town Farms & Country Commons: Nantucket’s Agricultural History
“Nantucket’s Native Foodways” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Spring 2009)
2006
Renée Bergland
“American Ideas About Women Scientists in the Nineteenth Century”Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science: An Astronomer Among the American Romantics
2005
Eric Jay Dolin
“The Whaling Industry”Leviathan: the History of Whaling in America (available at the NHA Museum Shop)
2004
Susan Lebo
“Native Hawaiian Whalers in Nantucket, 1820-60” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 56, No. 1 (Winter 2007)
2003
Alison M. Gavin
“Poor Farms in Nineteenth-Century New England”

“The Asylum at Quaise: Nantucket’s Antebellum Poor Farm” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Fall 2003)

2002
James Alsop
“Medical Practice on Nantucket Whaleships”
2001
Lisa M. Tetrault
“Phebe Hanaford: Early Universalist Minister”
“A Paper Trail: Piecing Together the Life of Phebe Hanaford”  Historic Nantucket, Vol. 51, No. 4 (Fall 2002)
2000
Christina Gessler
“Harvest of the Heart: Themes from the Diaries of Nineteenth-Century New England Farm Women”

“Researching the Diary of Martha Fish, a Nantucket Farm Woman” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 49, No. 4 (Fall 2000)

1999
Lloyd Pratt
“Reading Habits of Nineteenth-Century Nantucketers”

Archives of American Time: Literature and Modernity In the Nineteenth Century

“Literate Culture and Community in Antebellum Nantucket,” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 49, No. 3 (Summer 2000)

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation among all audiences.

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