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Tompkins Fellowship

The Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), permits an architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS project during the summer. The Fellow will either conduct research on a nationally significant building or site and prepare a written history to become part of the permanent HABS collection, or conduct research on a particular topic relating to architectural history in support of future HABS projects. The Fellow will be stationed in the field working in conjunction with a HABS measured drawings team, or in the HABS Washington, D.C. office. Recipients are also required to upload a minimum of 50 images to SAH’s SAHARA image database.

AWARD STIPEND

The award consists of a $10,000 stipend. The 2014 Tompkins award will be announced during the Society's 67th Annual Meeting held in April in Austin, Texas. The award also will be announced in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Newsletter of the Society after the presentation.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants should be pursuing graduate studies in architectural history or other related fields.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Please submit the following by December 31, 2013 (postmark date) Please note earlier deadline:

  1. Resume
  2. College Transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  3. Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member or recent employer
  4. Writing Sample: a paper, not to exceed 40 pages, demonstrating primary research and a command of secondary sources, in architectural history or an aspect of the built environment. Do not send electronic files. The applicant must be the sole author.

Application should be submitted to:

Virginia B. Price , Coordinator
Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship
Heritage Documentation Programs
National Park Service (2270)
1201 Eye Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
TEL: (202) 354-2180
FAX: (202) 371-6473
email: gigi_price@nps.gov

NOTE: Applicants are encouraged to submit a separate application for summer historian positions with HABS/HAER/HALS.

PAST FELLOWS

Past fellows have worked with measured drawings teams in the field as part of what has become the traditional summer documentation format for HABS and HAER. Fellows participating in summer projects have produced historical reports on varied sites for HABS, such as Rancho Santa Fe in California (1991), Lowell Observatory in Arizona (1994), Graeme Park in Pennsylvania (2000), and the William Allen White House in Kansas (2002), as well as contributed descriptive information to HAER for its look into Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Carriage Roads (2001). Fellows based in the Washington, D.C., office have provided research and text to supplement concurrent documentation efforts such as the southern textile mill housing study (1997) and the analysis of the rowhouse building type (1998). The fellows also have conducted independent research, studying the U.S. Naval Asylum in Philadelphia (2003), the urban renewal area in Southwest Washington, D.C., (2004), Springhill Lake and Old Greenbelt both in Greenbelt, Maryland, (2005), and War Department-era structures at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD (2009).

A list of past winners of the fellowship is as follows:

1991
Lauren Farber (University of Delaware)
1992
Dena Sanford
1993
Keith L. Eggener
1994
Rebecca A. Jacobsen
1995
Sheila R. Crane
1996
Jean Louis Guarino
1997
Christopher P. VerPlanck (University of Virginia)
1998
Katherine M. Larson (University of Vermont)
1999
No Award
2000
Jon Lamar Wilson (University of Mississippi)
2001
Kathryn Wollan (University of California - Santa Barbara)
2002
Rachel Leibowitz (University of Illinois- Urbana/Champaign)
2003
Margaret Tulloch (University of Virginia)
2004
Francesca Russello Ammon (Yale University)
2005
LaDale C. Winling (University of Michigan)
2006
David Amott (University of Delaware)
2007
Lisa J. Mroszczyk (Columbia University)
2008
No award
2009
Susan Hall (University of California, Riverside)
2010
Kate M. Kocyba (University of Missouri)
2011
Katheryn Lasdow (University of Virginia)
2012
Rachel Hopkin (Western Kentucky University)
2013
Kate Reggev (Columbia University)
2014
Rebecca Summer (University of Wisconsin-Madison)