2013 Travel Award Program Accepting Applications

The Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is currently accepting applications to its annual travel grant program, which brings outside scholars and researchers to Michigan Technological University in Houghton to study the Archives’ collections. Financial support for the travel award program is provided by the Friends of the Van Pelt Library, a support organization for the Library and Archives of the University. Grants are awarded for up to $750.

The Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections houses a wide variety of print, graphic and manuscript resources. Subject coverage includes University and campus life, towns and cities in the Keweenaw, and the companies, social organizations, events and personalities of the Copper Country and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Topical research areas include: Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula; industrial history, particularly copper mining and its ancillary industries; social history, including workforce issues, immigration and ethnicity; urban and community development along the Keweenaw Peninsula; transportation; and the environment.

A completed application (Application2013) and current resume are required for application. Information about the Michigan Tech Archives is online here, with instructions on searching the Archives manuscript collections is available here.  Applicants are encouraged to contact archives staff to discuss projects and identify specific collections relevant to their research.

Review of applications begins on March 1, 2013, with selection announcements made by March 15. The successful candidate must complete their travel by December 13, 2013. Electronic submission is encouraged.

Questions may be directed to Erik Nordberg, University Archivist,  at 906-487-2505 or via e-mail at copper@mtu.edu.