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The Reynolds-Finley Associates, in conjunction with the Historical Collections (HC) unit of UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), are pleased to announce the availability of short-term awards of up to $2,500 to individual researchers. Intended to support research using the HC unit as a historical resource, the fellowship requires the on-site use of at least one of the unit’s three components, which are the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, and UAB Archives.

  • Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences – The Museum holds equipment, instruments, and objects representing the history and development of the health sciences. Among its holdings are the Nott pathological specimens, nineteen wax anatomical models purchased by Dr. Josiah Nott (1804-1873) and originally brought to Mobile, Alabama, in October of 1860. The scope of the collection includes, but is not limited to, the fields of medicine, nursing, ophthalmology, dentistry, public health, and allied health.
  • Reynolds-Finley Historical Library – The Reynolds-Finley Historical Library is a significant repository of materials relating to the history of medicine, science, and health care. Currently, the Library holds more than 21,000 rare books, manuscripts, journals, and pamphlets ranging in date from the 1300s to the mid-1900s, including medieval manuscripts, incunabula, and many of the world’s most important medical works. The history of contagious diseases, anatomy, surgery, dentistry, otolaryngology, Civil War medicine, and African American medicine are some of the areas in which the Library has especially strong holdings.
  • UAB Archives – The University Archives contains material relating to the history of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, its schools, academics, students, and social organizations including Blazer athletics. The Archives also contains material related to the health sciences in Alabama, including health disparities and disease history, the history of Birmingham, the arts and entertainment communities in Birmingham, as well as other social and cultural topics. The Archives also has a collection of over 6,500 published titles related to the LGBTQ community. Other primary resource material includes personal papers, corporate records, and an extensive collection of photographs.

Anyone who wishes to use HC for historical research may apply, regardless of his or her academic status. Fellowships are awarded to individual applicants, not to institutions, as awarded funds are meant to help offset the costs associated with visiting and utilizing HC and not for institutional overhead (e.g., clerical costs, supplies, or other attendant project expenses).

Non-UAB Applicants

Applicants from outside UAB should submit an outline of the proposed project and an abstract (not to exceed 250 words) stating the project’s general scope and purpose; a budget listing travel and other attendant expenses; the length of the anticipated visit; a brief curriculum vitae; and two letters of recommendation (preferably from individuals familiar with the nature of the applicant’s research and scholarly interests). There is no deadline to apply, as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful applicants are expected to exhibit work or deposit a copy of the finished manuscript, thesis, dissertation, or publication with Historical Collections.

UAB Applicants

Fellowships awarded to UAB applicants are intended to support professional travel and conference engagement for UAB faculty and student research that used the resources of the library’s Historical Collection unit. Applicants should include an outline of the proposed project, an abstract (not to exceed 250 words) stating how collection use will shape the project’s general scope and purpose, a brief curriculum vitae, and one letter of recommendation (preferably from individuals familiar with the nature of the applicant’s research and scholarly interests). Funding for travel expenses are awarded on a case-by-case basis, and details of those requirements (i.e., budget of expenses) will be coordinated with the applicant. There is no deadline for fellowship applicants from UAB associates, as awards may be granted throughout the year.

To apply, or for more information, please contact:

Jason Byrd
Assistant Dean of Historical Collections
UAB Libraries
Lister Hill Library 301
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

Mervyn H. Sterne Library

917 13th St S
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-6364

Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences

1700 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL

(205) 975-4821

Reynolds-Finley Historical Library

1700 University Blvd - 3rd Floor
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-4475

Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences

1700 University Blvd - 3rd Floor
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-4475

Lister Hill Library at University Hospital

615 18th Street S - P235 West Pavilion
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-2275

801 Building

801 5th Ave South
Room 1111
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-5432

J. Ellis Sparks Medical Library

301 Governors Drive SE - 3rd Floor
Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 551-4405

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