Brown Family Collection Fellowship

The Brown Family Collection Fellowship, supported by funds provided by the late Hall J. Peterson and Kate B. Peterson, is intended for researchers whose projects would benefit from working with the Brown Family Collections as well as many other AAS collections related to African Americans and Indigenous Peoples. The Brown family, for whom the fellowship is named and whose descendants entrusted the collections to AAS, were a Black family in nineteenth-century Worcester with familial connections to the local Nipmuc tribal community. Descendants donated correspondence, official documents, photographs, portraits, and the family's library to AAS. The fellowship is open to graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars. Scholars who identify as being of Black and/or Indigenous descent are encouraged to apply.

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Date Name Affiliation Position
2024-25 Cora Anthony University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign PhD Candidate in English The Queer Genealogies of Black Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century
2024-25 Mackenzie Tor University of Missouri, Columbia PhD Candidate in History Spirited Struggles: Race and the Temperance Movement in Nineteenth-Century America
2023-24 Thomas Blakeslee Harvard University PhD Candidate, Teaching Fellow in History Domestic Disturbances: The Shaping of Black Fatherhood, Manhood, and Resistance in America
2023-24 Charline Jao Cornell University Graduate Candidate in Literatures in English Family and Bereavement in the Album