About The Filson Historical Society

The Filson is Kentucky's largest and oldest independent historical society with research collections documenting the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley, and the Upper South.  The Library and Special Collections include rare books, maps, and 1.5 million manuscripts, forming the best research holdings in Kentucky for the Frontier, Antebellum, and Civil War eras, in addition to extensive collections for the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Within the general fields listed above are many areas of special strength, including:

  • African American History
  • Business and Technology
  • Rural Studies
  • Appalachian History
  • Ohio River Valley
  • Political Life
  • Early Republic
  • Civil War Era
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Social and Urban History
  • Native American History
  • Environmental History
A large nineteenth-century portrait collection as well as fifty thousand photographs and fine prints provide visual images for all periods.  Our online catalog is available at www.filsonhistorical.org.

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Ohio Valley History

A collaboration of The Filson Historical Society, Cincinnati Museum Center, and the University of Cincinnati, Ohio Valley History is a quarterly  journal of the history and culture of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. In addition  to articles, the quarterly features historiographical and review essays, notes and documents, and reviews of books, exhibits, and historical sites.  We encourage scholarly submissions.

The Filson Historical Society Fellowships & Internships

'The Filson fellowships and internships are funded by a variety of sources. Fellowships encourage the scholarly use of our nationally significant collections by providing support for travel and Internships provide practical experience in collections management and research for graduate students.  Fellows as well as interns are expected to be in continuous residence at The Filson. The Filson fellowships and internships encourage the scholarly use of our nationally significant collections by providing support for travel and lodging. Internships provide practical experience in collections management and research for graduate students. Fellows as well as interns are expected to be in continuous residence at The Filson. Application deadlines for all fellowships and internships are October 15th and February 15th each year (or the Monday following the 15th if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday). Applications are reviewed two times a year. Please contact The Filson's Director of Research LeeAnn Whites with any questions. The Society’s collections are especially strong for the frontier, antebellum, and Civil War eras of Kentucky history. The fellowships are designed to encourage research in all aspects of the history of Kentucky and the regions of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. Applicants should indicate how The Filson’s collections are relevant to their research topics and will have the opportunity to present the results of their research to scholars and the general public as appropriate. The Filson anticipates that fellows will publicize the results of their research in Ohio Valley History, a peer-reviewed journal published jointly by The Filson, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the University of Cincinnati.

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Fellowships

Master’s Thesis Fellowships

Eligibility: M.A. candidate at the thesis stage Tenure of Fellowship: One week Amount of Award: $500 Note: Full support of a single $500 award is available for a one-week fellowship period to encourage use of our research collections by M.A. students developing and researching thesis topics. Partial support is available for students residing in Kentucky who travel from beyond the greater Louisville area.

Filson Fellowships

Eligibility: Ph.D. or equivalent, or doctoral candidate at the dissertation stage. Tenure of Fellowship: One week Amount of Award: $500 Note: Full awards are $500 per week and may be awarded for up to two weeks. Awards must be used within eighteen months of their receipt. Partial support is available for scholars residing in Kentucky who travel from beyond the greater Louisville area.

Ballard Breaux Visiting Fellowships

Eligibility: Ph.D. or equivalent Tenure of Fellowship: One month Amount of Award: $2,000 Note: Full support for post doctoral scholars living outside of Kentucky is available for a one-month residence. Partial support is available for scholars residing in Kentucky who travel from beyond the greater Louisville area. Applicants for Breaux Visiting Fellowships are automatically considered for Filson Fellowships.

Internships

Filson Interns

Eligibility: Current enrollment in or recent completion of a graduate program in history or a related field Tenure of Internship: Two semesters Amount of Award: $1,000 per semester Note: Interns work with appropriate curatorial staff and faculty advisors in areas of collections management and research.

H. F. Boehl Summer Interns

Eligibility: Current enrollment in or recent completion of a graduate program in history or a related field Tenure of Internship: One to three months summer residence Amount of Award: $1,200 per month Note: Interns work with appropriate curatorial staff and faculty advisors in areas of collections management and research.


Filson Fellowship Awards Recipients made possible in part by the Bullitt Homestead Preservation Trust and the Boehl Trust. The Filson Historical Society is pleased to announce the winners of the Spring 2014 and 2013 round of Filson Fellows and Boehl Interns. These fellowships encourage the scholarly use of our nationally significant manuscript collections by providing researchers with financial support for travel and lodging. The fellowship candidates were chosen from a strong pool of applicants from around the country and overseas with research interests related to the history and culture of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley.

2014 Spring Filson Fellowship Awards Recipients

Breaux Fellowship:

Dr. Edward Blum, Associate Professor of History, San Diego State University, “Satan and the Civil War: Tales from the Dark Side of Faith in America”

Two-Week Filson Fellowship:

Dr. David Narrett, Professor of History, University of Texas at Arlington, "Separatism and Unionism: The Kentucky, Tennessee, and Vermont Frontiers, 1770-1800"

One-Week Filson Fellowships:

Mr. Jay P. Donis, PhD candidate, Lehigh University, “Continuity and Resistance: The American Frontier and Authority, 1765-1792”

Major Andrew Forney, PhD candidate, Department of History, Texas Christian University / History Instructor United States Military Academy, “The Federalist Empire: The Search for Stability in the Revolutionary Atlantic”

Ms. Melissa J. Gismondi, PhD candidate, Department of History, University of California—Davis, “Rachel Jackson: Image, Reality, and the Ideal of American Femininity, 1767-1828”

Dr. Michael Hevel, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Arkansas, “A History of College Students and Alcohol, 1800-2000”

Mr. Jason Herbert, M.A. student, Department of History, Wichita State University, "'A Peace between Them': The Politics of Indigenous Alliance in the American Southeast, 1793-1812"

Mr. John C. Kennedy, PhD candidate, Department of History, Purdue University, “The Women's Relief Corps and Union Civil War Memory, 1883-1965”

Mr. Daniel Papsdorf, PhD candidate, Department of History, Duke University, "The Common Ground: The Mississippi River Valley and Gulf Coast, 1763-1803"

Mr. Tyler D. Sperrazza, M.A. student, Department of History, Penn State University, "Performing Racism: African Americans Onstage, 1865-1915"

Mr. Gregory Wigmore, Lecturer, Department of History, Santa Clara University, "The Limits of Empire: Allegiance, Opportunity, and Imperial Rivalry in the Canadian-American Borderland"

2013 Fall Filson Fellowship Awards Recipients

Breaux Fellow:

Dr. Brian Craig Miller, Associate Professor of History, Emporia State University, “The United Confederate Veterans in History and Memory.”

Two-Week Filson Fellowship: Dr. Brian McKnight, Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, “Simon Bolivar Buckner in War and Peace.”

One-Week Filson Fellowships:

Dr. M. Scott Heerman, Patrick Henry Scholar, Johns Hopkins University, “Deep River: Slavery, Empire, and Emancipation in the Upper Mississippi River Valley”;

Dr. Taja-Nia Y. Henderson, Associate Professor, Rutgers University School of Law—Newark, “Framing Treason: Disqualification, Reconciliation, and Memory in Reconstruction-Era America”;

Mr. Evan Kutzler, PhD candidate, Department of History, University of South Carolina, “The Senses of Degradation in Civil War Prisons”;

Mr. Evan Rothera, PhD candidate, Department of History, Penn State University, “Reconstructions in America: The United States, Mexico, and Argentina, 1861-1880.”

Boehl Intern:

Ms. Johna Picco, M.A. student, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.  


2013 Spring Filson Fellowship Awards Recipients

Two-Week Filson Fellowships:

Mr. Michael Blaakman, Ph.D. candidate, Yale University, “’What an Itch I had to Purchase,’ or, Speculation Nation: Land Speculators and Land Mania in Post-Revolutionary America”

Mr. Sean Trainor, PhD candidate, Penn State University, "Trans-Appalachian Steamboat Travel and the Re-Making of American Body Practices”

One-Week Filson Fellowships:

Mr. Zachary M. Bennett, M.A. student, Miami University (Ohio), “One River, One Nation: The Ohio River in an American Borderland, 1815-1850”

Mr. Brandon C. Downing, PhD candidate, University of Cincinnati, "Kentucky’s Indian Menace: How Frontiersmen and Native Americans Shaped War in the Northwest Territory, 1780-1815”

Ms. Bethany M. Harding, PhD candidate, Marquette University, '"'A Land Young in Story, Now Old in Renown: The Search for Identity in Postcolonial America, 1789-1828”

Mr. Jacob F. Lee, PhD candidate, University of California, Davis, “Imaginary Empires: Kinship, Rivers, and Power in the Illinois Country, 1550-1840”

Ms. Melissah J. Pawlikowski, PhD candidate, The Ohio State University, “Levelers and Dissenters in the Land of Liberty: The Squattor Populist Movement and the American Revolution, 1754-1803”

Mr. Jeffrey Thomas Perry, PhD candidate, Purdue University, "From ‘Disturbers’ to Protectors of the Peace: Baptist Church Discipline and the Secular World in Early Kentucky”

Mr. Luke Ritter, PhD candidate, St. Louis University, "Anti-Catholic America: Nativism in the Antebellum West”

Dr. Taylor Spence, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Sewanee, The University of the South, “The Endless Commons: Indigenous and Immigrant in the British-American Borderland, 1783-1850”


 

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Wetherington, Director, The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208 or email markweth@filsonhistorical.org.