Each year, the Bakken Library and Museum in Minneapolis offers Visiting Research Fellowships and Research Travel Grants to facilitate research in its collection of books, journals, manuscripts, and instruments. The subject of the Bakken’s collections is the history of electricity and magnetism with a focus on their roles in the life sciences and medicine. Significant holdings include the works of natural philosophers, scientists, physicians, electro-therapists, and electrophysiologists of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Related subjects and materials include mesmerism, animal magnetism, and hypnotism, in addition to works documenting the history of para-psychology, psychical research, and phrenology. Also of interest are collections of 19th-century medical and electro-medical ephemera, miscellaneous scientists’ letters, and trade catalogues. The instrument collection includes electrostatic generators, magneto-electric generators, induction coils, physiological instruments, recording devices, and accessories.

Visiting Research Fellowships up to a maximum of $1,500 are to help defray the expenses of travel, subsistence, and other direct costs of conducting research at The Bakken. The minimum period of residence is two weeks. Preference is given to researchers who are interested in collaborating with The Bakken on exhibits or other programs. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2005.

Travel Grants up to a maximum of $500 (domestic) and $750 (foreign) are to help defray the expenses of travel, subsistence, and other direct costs of conducting research at The Bakken. The minimum period of residence is one week. Application may be made at any time during the calendar year.

For application guidelines or further information, please contact:

Elizabeth Ihrig, Librarian The Bakken Library and Museum 3537 Zenith Avenue So. Minneapolis, MN., 55416 tel 612-926-3878 ext. 227 fax (612) 927-7265 email [email protected]