The Department of Music and the Center for Popular Music Studies, with financial support from the Richman Family Fund, sponsor an annual summer research fellowship program at the Library of Congress. Additional funding is provided by Dennis and Cynthia Santoli. Participants are selected to work as research interns in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Fellows divide their time—up to three months during the summer—equally between:
- projects assigned by the Head of Reader Services of the Music Division, as appropriate to the fellow’s interests and dependent on the Library’s needs and
- pursuing their own research projects at the Library of Congress (or elsewhere in the DC area).
Past recipients have worked on a variety of projects, including materials related to 17th and 18th century libretti, silent film music, the WPA Federal Theatre Project, 19th century American sacred music imprints, and the Dayton C. Miller flute collection, among many others. Fellows in the program have parlayed their research and experiences into a variety of outlets, including talks, publications, and online postings.
2017: Sophie Benn, Rachel McNellis
2016: Luke Conklin, Kate Doyle, Peter Graff
2015: Paul Abdullah, Nick Stevens
2014: Kate Doyle, Peter Graff
2013: Michael Bane, Brenton Grom