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Omohundro Institute of Early American History And Culture

PO Box 8781, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8781. 757.221.1110 (general); 757.221.1126 (William and Mary Quarterly); 757.221.1116 (book publications). Fax 757.221.1047. E-mail: Web page:

Director: Ronald Hoffman

Research Facilities and Educational Programs

A. Collections and Libraries. Except for a limited microfilm collection, chiefly of early American newspapers, the institute does not maintain a research collection. The staff will assist visiting scholars in using materials in the libraries of the College of William and Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

B. Programs. The institute sponsors and co-sponsors conferences, seminars, and colloquia on early America to approximately 1815; maintains H-OIEAHC, an electronic association in early American studies, and a web site; and publishes a semiannual newsletter, Uncommon Sense. The institute also cooperates with the Department of History, College of William and Mary, in a program leading to the MA and PhD degrees in history with an apprenticeship in scholarly editing. Participants receive their editorial training by working with the institute’s publications staff. Address admissions inquiries to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of History, College of William and Mary, P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187.

C. Publications. The institute produces an average of four books per year in the early American field, usually in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Press. Authors of first books will be particularly interested in the Jamestown Prize or other institute publication opportunities. For further information, write to the editor of publications.

The institute publishes the William and Mary Quarterly, a journal devoted to scholarly articles and reviews in the early American field. For information concerning submissions or subscriptions, write to the editor or consult the institute web site. An annotated edition of the papers of Chief Justice John Marshall is currently being prepared under the aegis of the institute, in cooperation with the College of William and Mary.

D. Fellowships and Awards. A two-year postdoctoral fellowship is awarded annually to an entry-level scholar in any field of early American studies. The middle 12 months of the fellowship are supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the holder is designated an NEH fellow. Applications must be received by November 1 for the term beginning the following July. Fellows must have completed all requirements for the doctorate by the time they begin the fellowship. A one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is also offered annually. Applications must be received by November 1 for the term beginning the following July. Applicants for the Mellon Fellowship must have met all requirements for the doctorate at least 12 months prior to the application deadline and may not have previously published a book or have a book under contract.

The director may also appoint as visiting scholars of the institute those persons who need to work in Williamsburg for a period of a few months to a year. When possible, the institute will provide study space. No stipends are available for this program at present.

Professional Staff

Burdette, M. Kathryn (BA, Connecticut Coll. 1994; manuscript ed., Publications) editing, early America, science fiction,

Grasso, Christopher (PhD, Yale 1992; vis. ed., William and Mary Quarterly) early America, religious and intellectual,

Hoffman, Ronald (PhD, Wisconsin, Madison 1969; dir.) early America, American Revolution, early national,

Jarvis, Michael (PhD, William and Mary 1998; postdoctoral fellow) Atlantic world, maritime, Bermuda,

Kelly, Gilbert B. (PhD, Nebraska 1982; managing ed., Publications, and coord., Ed. Apprenticeship Prog.) editing, criticism, patristics,

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