Stanford University Libraries is accepting applications for a short-term research fellowship for scholars wishing to use the Thomas S. Mullaney East Asian Information Technology History Collection held in the East Asia Library's Special Collections.
Assembled during fifteen years of research and teaching, the Thomas S. Mullaney East Asian Information Technology History Collection is multi-faceted and multi-dimensional, containing rare machines alongside archival and printed documents. Consisting of more than 2,000 items, the collection dates from the turn of the 20th century to the present age of computing. It has strong Chinese holdings and additional materials from other East Asian countries. The collection documents the modern history of Chinese and East Asian telegraph codes, typewriters, printing, mimeographs, word processors, computers and other information technologies.
Much of the collection will not be open to the public for research for several years. However, fellowship recipients will have special access to examine the entire collection.
This year, the Libraries will accept applications for two stipends, one to be awarded to an undergraduate and one to an early career scholar, of up to $2000 each in support of research using the collection. The fellowship stipends are to be used to defray the costs for travel, lodging, food, and other activities associated with the recipient's research trip.
Scholars working on projects about East Asian modern history may apply, including undergraduates, graduate students and early career faculty. Interested researchers are encouraged to submit a detailed project proposal, including a description (1000-2000 words) of proposed activities, a budget for use of fellowship award funds, a brief description of other funding received or applied for in relation to the project, a professional curriculum vitae, and a transcript of courses taken and grades earned (students only).
Inquiries about the scope and contents of the collection may be directed to the curator, Regan Murphy Kao. More information about the short-term fellowship can be found here.
The application deadline is April 15, 2022.
The application form is available at https://guides.library.stanford.edu/ThomasMullaneyCollection
Inquiries may be sent via email: Regan Murphy Kao, Head of Special Collections at the East Asia Library and Curator of Japanese Collection