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.

2016 Spring Filson Fellowship Awards Recipients

One-Week Filson Fellowships:

Ms. Jamie Brummitt, Doctoral Candidate, Duke University, "Protestant Relics: Religion, Objects, and the Art of Mourning in the Early American Republic"

Mr. William Cossen, PhD Candidate, Penn State University, "The Protestant Image in the Catholic Mind: Interreligious Encounters in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era"

Ms. Charlene Fletcher-Brown, Doctoral Student, Indiana University, "Confined Femininity: Race, Gender, and Incarceration in Kentucky, 1865-1920"

Mr. Jack Furniss, Doctoral Candidate, University of Virginia, "It is for this party... to save the country: The Constitutional Union Party and the Fate of Compromise"

Ms. Lauren Haumesser, Doctoral Student, University of Virginia, "The Party of Patriarchy: Democratic Gender Politics and the Coming of the Civil War"

Mr. Brandon Layton, Doctoral Candidate, University of California, Davis, "Children of Two Fires"

Dr. Amy Lueck, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University, "Composing the American High School: The Rhetoric of Institution Building and Pedagogical Reform

Half-Week Filson Fellowships:

Ms. Danae Jacobson, Doctoral Candidate, University of Notre Dame, "Nuns and Nature: An Environmental History of Religious Sisters in Nineteenth Century North America"

Ms. Briel Koback, Doctoral Student, University of Chicago, "Straight Whiskey and the Consumer It Protects" 

2015 Fall Filson Fellowship Awards Recipients

Breaux Fellow:

Dr. Barton Meyers, Assistant Professor, Washington and Lee University, "Partisan Rangers: The Confederacy's Deadly Experiment with Authorized Guerrilla Service"

One-Week Filson Fellowship:

Dr. Joan Cashin, Professor, The Ohio State University, "War Materials: Armies, Civilians, and the Struggle for Resources during the American Civil War"

Ms. Emilie Connolly, PhD Candidate, New York University, "Indian Trust Funds and the Routes of American Capitalism, 1795-1865"

Mr. Andrew Fialka, PhD Candidate, University of Georgia, "Of Methods and Madness: A Spatial History Approach to the Civil War's Guerrilla Violence"

Ms. Kristen Fleming, PhD Candidate, University of Cincinnati, "The Ecological Transformation of the Ohio River"

Dr. Matthew Fox-Amato, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University, "Slavery, Photography, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America"

Mr. Robert Glaze, PhD Candidate, University of Tennessee, "Experiencing Defeat, Remembering Victory: The Army of Tennessee in War and Memory, 1861-1930"

Mr. Matthew Hall, PhD Candidate, University of Cincinnati, "The Common Man's Last Chance: The Rise and Fall of Yeoman Society in the Nineteenth Century Mid-Mississippi"

Dr. Matthew C. Hulbert, Assistant Editor, Kentucky Historical Society, "Guerrilla Law in the Borderlands: A Comparative Study of Counter-Insurgency Policy in Kentucky and Missouri"

Ms. Alicia Maggard, PhD Candidate, Brown University, "Technology, Society, and the State in the Steamboat Era"

Ms. Emma Newcombe, PhD Candidate, Boston University, "A Place Rendered Interesting: Antebellum Print Culture and the Rise of American Middle-Class Tourism"

Boehl Intern:

Ms. Andrea Truitt, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota   


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For more information, contact Dr. LeeAnn Whites, Director of Research, The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208 or email lwhites@filsonhistorical.org.