Paul Whiteman Collection Fellowship

The Paul Whiteman collection began its tenure at Williams College in the 1930s, with initial donations from Paul Whiteman himself. Throughout the years, Whiteman and his family added to the collection, as did Whiteman admirers and scholars. The result is the 586-linear foot Paul Whiteman collection, which is now being fully processed for the first time. The collection holds thousands of photographs, hundreds of music scores, correspondence, contracts, and scrapbooks relating to the work and life of the internationally acclaimed band leader. The collection is still in-process–view the finding aid and follow its progress.

With the completed processing of the Paul Whiteman collection in sight, Williams College Special Collections Department is pleased to offer a short-term fellowship to an individual conducting on-site research in the collection. The 1-2-week fellowship includes the cost of travel to Williamstown and accommodations within walking distance of the Williams College campus. 

During their time at Williams, the fellow will be asked to discuss their research and their use of the Paul Whiteman collection in an informal presentation to the campus community. Upon conclusion of the fellowship, the fellow will be required to write a blog post about their project, which will be posted to the Williams Libraries website. The fellow may also be considered as a participant in a future symposium held at Williams College.

Applicants should send a project proposal (500 words maximum) and a CV to [email protected] with Paul Whiteman Collection Fellowship in the subject line. The dates of the fellow’s visit are flexible, but the research must be completed between July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020. Applicants should submit their materials by April 19, 2019.