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KU Libraries accepting applications for the second annual visiting researchers travel award

Monday, August 15, 2016

KU Libraries are now accepting applications for the second annual Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award.

The Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award extends travel funds for any faculty member, undergraduate, graduate student or independent researcher who documents a research project requiring the use of materials held by KU’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library. The library houses a significant collection of holdings on the African American experience including personal and family papers and organizational records, serving as a worthwhile location for primary sources.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to enhance onsite consultation of our African American Experience Collections thanks to a generous financial gift from Professor Sandra Gautt,” said Deborah Dandridge, field archivist for this collection at Spencer Research Library. “It provides greater access to the unique treasure trove of local and national research topics documented in these collections.”

Applications can be submitted through November 1. All applications must explain how the collections at Spencer Research Library will be utilized, along with a detailed travel itinerary. More information and the application can be found online.

The award was made possible by a generous gift from Sandra Gautt in honor of her late mother, Alyce Hunley Whayne. Gautt has also donated family papers to the Kansas Collection in Spencer Research Library.

Paul Putz of Waco, Tex., and Curtis Inabinett Jr. of Ravenel, S.C., were selected as last year’s recipients, in light of their research efforts surrounding the African American experience in the Kansas region.

More information on the African American experience can be found through Spencer Research Library’s website.

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