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Buchanan Library Fellows Project

Buchanan Library Fellows Project, Spring 2019

A Sense of Time and Place: The History of Vanderbilt University

Description:  Have you ever wondered how Vanderbilt University got its name? Or, were curious about why the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library has so many antique instruments on display? Maybe you attend classes in Garland Hall or live in McTyeire and would like to know for whom the buildings are named. If you would like to know more about how curators interpret historic objects, how to find things in the library, or just know more about the place where you will be spending four years of your life, then consider applying for the spring 2019 Buchanan Library Fellowship Program. This semester, five students will examine historically-significant university manuscripts and documents in the Special Collections Library and place them in context with the university’s and the nation’s history. Fellows will curate an exhibition about their topic and present a report on what they learned about Vanderbilt. This fellowship requires a three- to five-hour commitment of your time and agreement to attend weekly classes. Fellows receive a small stipend and come away with a better understanding of the library, of how to think critically about primary sources, and a completed project on your resume.

Lead mentors: Celia Walker and Mary Anne Caton

Dates of Employment: spring semester 2019

Contact: Celia Walker