Gladys Krieble Delmas Visiting Scholar Program
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Visiting Scholar Program, created through a generous gift from the foundation of the same name, seeks to encourage research in the collections of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives. Applications are currently being accepted for grants to fund travel by visiting scholars to the Library and Archives before September 2014. Grants will be in the amount of $1,000 per week for up to two weeks.
About the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives, which opened its doors to the public in 2012, is the most comprehensive repository of materials relating to the history rock and roll. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to these resources for scholars, educators, students, journalists, and the general public in order to broaden awareness and understanding of rock and roll, its roots, and its impact on our society. The Library and Archives houses hundreds of archival collections (including personal papers, business records, photographs, posters, press kits, and rare audio and video recordings) donated by artists, labels, record executives, photographers, and writers of all kinds. The Library and Archives also offers a vast library collection of books, academic dissertations, periodicals, commercial audio and video recordings, and research databases. Information about all of these materials, including detailed archival finding aids, can be found in the Library and Archives’ online catalog. The Gladys Krieble Delmas Visiting Scholars Program will enable visiting researchers to access these valuable resources and to potentially provide the world with new insights into music and popular culture.
Teachers, graduate students, and postdoctoral and independent scholars are encouraged to apply, with preference given to applicants residing outside Northeast Ohio. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality, profession, or institutional affiliation. All proposals will be reviewed entirely based on merit.
Visiting Scholars may use their funds for transportation, housing, and other costs related to their Library and Archives visit and research. They will be asked to commit to at least one week’s stay. The award will include a Rock Hall membership, the benefits of which include one year’s unlimited free admission to the Museum for the member and a guest. Visiting Scholars will be asked to submit a brief written report about their experiences, copies of which will be provided to the Delmas Foundation. If the research results in a published, recorded, or electronically disseminated work, they will be asked to acknowledge the support of the Foundation and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives in the work.
Applicants should submit the following documents:
1. Brief research proposal (no more than two pages) to include:
a. Description of the project, including an explanation of how the collections of the Library and Archives will be utilized for research.
b. Travel budget for the project, indicating (1) estimated transportation, housing, and other costs, (2) the number of weeks’ support requested, and (3) any additional sources of funding.
c. Demonstration of how the applicant's research will contribute to the study and understanding of popular music.
2. Current CV or resume.
3. Proposed dates of the visit.
Applications may be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (use subject line “Delmas Visiting Scholar Program Application”) or by postal mail to:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Library and Archives
2809 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-3216
Review of applications will begin on Monday, October 7. Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications by Monday, October 21.
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions which transmit our cultural heritage. The programs of the Foundation reflect the interests and patronage of its founders, Gladys Krieble Delmas and Jean Paul Delmas.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its Library and Archives as well as its educational programs.