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NY Public Library Food Studies Fellowship

2013 January 25
by Paul Mabrey

The New York Public Library is offering stipends of $2,000 and $4,000 to support short-term research in manuscript and archival collections by scholars working in the area of Food Studies.  The Food Studies Fellowships must take place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  For more information and application instruction go towww.nypl.org/short-term.

New York Public Library announces Food Studies Fellowship for the study of manuscript recipe books and archival collections in 2013-2014.  NYPL has long been known to hold one of the most important collections of material relating to food and drink in America.  The Library’s collection of American, Asian, European, and Jewish printed cookbooks have received attention from generations of scholars.  The 2013-2014 Food Studies Fellowships aim to promote awareness and support research of the Library’s historic manuscript holdings as documentary sources in the area of food studies and food history.  Items ranging from a law passed by the New York City Common Council for “regulating the publick slaughter houses within the city of New York,” in 1766 to miscellaneous nineteenth century recipes for cookery and household prescriptions will be available to further study.   Scholars working directly in Food Studies, or other disciplines including American Studies, anthropology, art history, history and political science  are welcome to apply.  Prospective projects might include the study of cuisines and eating habits of early European settlers in America, constructive analysis of New York’s historic food ways, or yet other unexplored possibilities resulting from closer study of unpublished manuscript recipe book.

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