Now Accepting Applications: The World Wings International, Inc. Research Grant

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Type: 
Grant
Date: 
August 19, 2019 to September 30, 2019
Location: 
Florida, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Business History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Labor History / Studies

The World Wings International, Inc. Research Grant

Since its first international flight in 1927, Pan Am positioned itself as a world leader in American commercial aviation. Formed in 1959, World Wings International, Inc. (WWI) is an association of former Pan Am flight attendants that now dedicates itself to charitable activities.  This collection includes the administrative records of the organization as well as scrapbooks, photographs, membership and annual meetings files, correspondence, and financial records.

The World Wings International, Inc. Research Grant is open to advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty who would like to use the organizational records for research. Priority will be given to research proposals that will result in publication in any media. Up to $2,000 will be awarded annually to support scholarly research using the World Wings International, Inc. Records held by the University of Miami Libraries’ Special Collections.

Prospective researchers are encouraged to explore new areas of scholarship and inquiry within the World Wings International, Inc. Collection at the University of Miami.  The collection is very rich and can support research in the areas of history, geography, business, sociology, gender studies, and more.  We also encourage creative writers to use these materials to inspire short stories, poetry, novels, and even art work. The research should further the image of World Wings International, Inc., and encourage further study into the role former Pan Am flight attendants had in the history of aviation, philanthropy, feminism, and women’s business history. 

Grant awardees will be required to give a presentation to faculty, students, staff, and interested community members either during the time of their stay or at a convenient later date.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit a proposal of no more than two pages describing their research project, include a curriculum vitae or résumé, and provide two letters of recommendation. Electronic submission is preferred. A WWI Board Member will sit on the selection committee.

Application deadline is September 30, 2019.  (note: applications will be reviewed after deadline, and recipient will be announced one month after deadline.  The successful applicant will have one year to fulfill their grant requirement.  Any applicant failing to make arrangements to come to the University of Miami within the year allotted will forfeit their award).

Please send inquiries and applications to:

World Wings International, Inc. Research Grant

c/o Jay Sylvestre, j.sylvestre@miami.edu

Special Collections Librarian

Special Collections

University of Miami Libraries

1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables FL, 33146

About World Wings International, Inc. and the University of Miami Libraries

World Wings International, Inc. is the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am flight attendants who seek to maintain the historic Pan Am tradition of global humanitarian assistance, safeguard Pan Am's place in Aviation History, and promote friendship among its members through cultural and civic activities. For more information about the organization, visit https://worldwingsinternational.net/

The Special Collections of the University of Miami Libraries preserves and provides access to research materials focusing on the history and culture of Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America. The department also curates the official records of Pan American World Airways. For more information about the Special Collections of the University of Miami Libraries, visit http://www.library.miami.edu/specialcollections.

Past Winners

2015: Waleed Hazbun, “The Jet Set Frontier in the Middle East”

2016: Adelina Stefan, “Vacationing in the Cold War: Foreign Tourists to Socialist Romania and Francoist Spain in the 1960s-1970s”

2018: Matthew Hollow, “Learning the ‘Pan Am Smile’: The Politics and Gendering of Skills Training with Pan Am, 1945-1991”

Contact Info: 

Jay Sylvestre

Rare Books Librarian and Public Services Coordinator at the Kislak Center

Special Collections

University of Miami Libraries

1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables FL, 33146

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