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Selected diaries of Quaker philanthropist, Rebecca Singer Collins (1804–1892)
Selected diaries of Quaker philanthropist, Rebecca Singer Collins (1804–1892)

Gest Fellows for 2013-2014 announced at Haverford College

HAVERFORD, Pa.—Haverford College Special Collections announces two research fellowship recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Gest Fellowship Program, now in its 22nd year, allows recipients to spend one month in residence working with the unique resources of the College’s Quaker Collection. These scholars develop and enrich their work while providing the staff with an important insight into new and creative ways that the collections may be used. The Quaker Collection spans the history of the Society of Friends from 17th-century Britain to the present day in many parts of the world, with emphasis on Quakerism as lived and practiced in the eastern United States and antecedent American colonies.

Kathryn R. Falvo is a M.A. student in history and women’s studies at Penn State University and holds a B.A. in history from Susquehanna University. She is the recipient of the McCourtney Scholarship and the Carl M. Isham Graduate Award from the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center. Kathryn’s research focuses on how travel influenced the political lives of late 18th- and early 19th-century Quaker women, encouraging in them reformist thought and benevolent action. At Haverford she will read broadly in Quaker women’s diaries and journals and will research the sanctioned movement of these women through the records of yearly and monthly meetings. Kathryn will begin her Ph.D. in history at Penn State in the fall.

Anelise Hanson Shrout is a Ph.D. candidate in history at New York University where she has recently defended her dissertation, “Distressing news from Ireland”: the Famine, the News and International Philanthropy. Anelise holds an A.B. degree from the University of Chicago. She has published in the journal Early American Studies and has held the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship at NYU. Anelise will work to expand upon her dissertation while at Haverford, researching the ways in which a variety of donors responded to American Quaker relief campaigns during the Irish potato famine. She will make use of yearly and monthly meeting records, and personal papers of those who participated in famine relief.

Gest Fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the Gest Fund at Haverford College. The Gest Fellowship Program has given 72 awards since its inception in 1992. Most of these awards have led to publication. For more information on the program and a list of past fellows and their topics, please see:

Prof. Anita Isaacs (Political Science) and students cross Founders Green after class.

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