The Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) invites applications for its two programs designed for scholars to use SIL Special Collections for the calendar year 2006. Each program awards stipends of $2,500 per month for up to six months. Scholars must be in residence at the Smithsonian. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2005.

Dibner Library Resident Scholars will do research in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. The Dibner Library specializes in the physical sciences and technology, and contains books and manuscripts from the 15th to the 20th centuries. The core of the holdings of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology consists of approximately 25,000 rare books and 10,000 manuscripts that were generously donated to the nation by the Burndy Library (founder, Bern Dibner) on the occasion of the nation’s Bicentennial (1976). The strengths of the Dibner Library collection are in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, classical natural philosophy, theoretical physics (up to the early twentieth century), experimental physics (especially electricity and magnetism), engineering technology (from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century), and scientific apparatus and instruments. This award is supported by The Dibner Fund.

Baird Society Resident Scholars will do research in other SIL Special Collections located in Washington, DC and New York City. These special collections include printed materials on world’s fairs in the Dibner and Cooper-Hewitt Museum Libraries (19th and early 20th centuries); manufacturer’s commercial trade catalogs in the National Museum of American History Library (285,000 pieces representing 30,000 companies dating from the 19th and 20th centuries) used to study American industrialization, mass production, and consumerism; natural history rare books in the Cullman Library (pre-1840 works on topics such as botany, zoology, travel & exploration, museums and collecting, geology, and anthropology); air and space history in the National Air and Space Museum Library’s Ramsey Room (ballooning, rocketry, and aviation, late 18th to early 20th centuries); James Smithson’s library in the Cullman Library; and European and American decorative arts, architecture, and design in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library’s Bradley Room (18th to 20th centuries). This award is supported by the Smithsonian Libraries Spencer Baird Society.

Deadline for applications for both programs is March 1, 2005. For application materials and further information visit our web site at: You may also e-mail [email protected], or write to:

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Resident Scholar Programs P.O. Box 37012, NMAH 1041 MRC 672 Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 USA phone: 202.633.3872; fax: 202.633.9102.