I just wanted to take the opportunity to officially announce on this site that, starting in July, Bibliography of the Damned will be supported in part by a public fellowship grant from Harvard University’s Houghton Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Specifically, I was awarded the Houghton Mifflin Visiting Fellowship in Publishing History.
I will be taking four separate, week-long trips to consult Index-related materials housed in the Houghton’s extensive rare-book and manuscript collections. As part of my grant proposal, I was required to list, at least in part, the items I would be consulting (see below). Using Harvard’s OPAC (online public-access catalog), HOLLIS, I was able to very quickly identify 19 Index-condemned items that were both physically housed at the Houghton and also not presently digitized on any public-facing repositories (e.g., Gallica or HathiTrust).
In addition to the fellowship requirement of a written summary of my experience working with the Houghton’s collections, the end goal for these four weeks of research will be to access these sources for the same level of critical analysis found on this blog. Furthermore, it is my goal to leverage this time at Harvard to also reach out to any interested partners, agents, or publishers to determine the best way forward in developing my findings and analyses into a full-length book. (If you are so inclined to discuss this in any way, please do get in touch.)
I am extremely grateful to the Houghton Library for accepting my proposal and presenting me with such an exceptional opportunity to continue my research on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. I would also like to express my deep gratitude to my employer, the Art Institute of Atlanta, for their vocal support of me in accepting this fellowship, including their generosity and flexibility in allowing me to travel across the country in order to do so. And many thanks to Mr. John Overholt, a curator at the Houghton without whose announcement on Twitter I never would’ve heard about these public fellowships in the first place.