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Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, Its Origins and Consequences

The Boston Athenæum and the Massachusetts Historical Society offer the Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, Its Origins and Consequences with a stipend of $4,000 for research residencies of at least four weeks at each institution. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents. Applications are due February 15 each year. Each institution will automatically refer unsuccessful proposals to its short-term fellowship competition.

  • The Athenæum’s Civil War collections are anchored by its holdings of Confederate states imprints, the largest in the nation, consisting of books, maps, broadsides, sheet music, newspapers, governmental publications, and other materials organized according to the Parrish & Willingham bibliography.
  • The MHS’s manuscript holdings on the Civil War are particularly strong. They include, for example, diaries, photographs, correspondence from the battlefield and the home front, papers of political leaders, material on black regiments raised in Massachusetts, and extensive holdings on the U.S. Sanitary Commission.
The Athenæum and the MHS are particularly interested in projects for which both repositories’ resources are vital.
For more information and to apply please visit the MHS's website

Past Recipients of the Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship


Andrew Donnelly, Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University, “Reconstructing Sexuality: The Politics of Sex and Manhood in the Civil War Era”


Kevin Hooper, Ph.D. candidate, University of Oklahoma, “Seizing Citizenship: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Pursuit of Citizenship in the Antebellum United States”


Jean Franzino, Visiting Assistant Professor, Beloit College, “Dis-Union: Disability Cultures and the American Civil War”


Kathleen Hilliard, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, “Bonds Burst Asunder: The Revolutionary Politics of Getting By in Civil War and Emancipation, 1860-1867”


Kent McConnell, Ph.D., instructor, Phillips Exeter Academy, "A Time-Stained God: Spiritual Lives, Civil War Deaths and the Violent Remaking of Religion in America"


  • Robert Mann, independent scholar, "Contact of Human Souls"
  • Kevin Waite, Ph.D. candidate, University of Pennsylvania, "The Slave South in the Far West: California, the Pacific, and Proslavery Visions of Empire"


Sarah Beetham, Ph.D. candidate, University of Delaware, "Sculpting the Citizen Soldier: Reproduction and National Memory, 1865-1917"


Dylan Yeats, Ph.D. Candidate, New York University, "Americanizing America: How the Federal Government Shaped the Nation, 1818-1924"


Ann Holder, Associate Professor, Pratt Institute, “Making the Body Politic: Sexual Histories, Racial Uncertainties and Vernacular Citizenship in Post-Emancipation US”


Jordan Watkins, Ph.D. candidate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “The Place of the Past in the American Civil War”


Peter Wirzbicki, Ph.D. candidate, New York University, “Black Intellectuals, White Abolitionists, and Revolutionary Transcendentalists: Creating the Radical  Intellectual Tradition in Antebellum Boston”


Kathryn Shively Meier, Ph.D. candidate, University of Virginia, '"Under the Surge of the Blue’: Environmental Effects on Civil War Solder Mental and Physical Health in Virginia, 1862”


Megan Nelson, Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton, for her project Flesh and Stone: Ruins and the Civil War