The Harvard University Library has announced the recipients of the 2003 Bryant Fellowships. According to University Library Director Sidney Verba, Kathryn Allamong Jacob, Michael P. Olson, and Irina Tarsis have been awarded the fellowships for 2003. Through the generosity of Charles and Mary Tanenbaum, the Bryant Fellowshipswhich are named in honor of former University Librarian Douglas Bryanthave been awarded annually since 1974. The fellowships support research by Harvard library staff members in bibliography, in historical aspects of librarianship, in production of reference and bibliographic works, and in other scholarly investigations, which may be outside the field of librarianship.
This year's recipients were chosen by the Bryant Fellowship jury, consisting of Doug Campbell, Ksenya Kiebuzinski, and Dennis Marnon. That jury, which was appointed by the Professional Development Committee of the Librarians' Assembly, recommended the following members of Harvard's library community for the Bryant awards in 2003.
Kathryn Allamong Jacob
The award will be used to help complete this biography of Sam Ward, one of the most colorful and powerful figures in American politics during the "gilded age." Expanding from an article previously published in Smithsonian, it will include a discussion of Ward's circle of friends (among them Charles Sumner, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Samuel Gridley Howe), his family (his favorite sister was Julia Ward Howe), and the lobby in Washington in the 1870s over which he reigned.
Michael P. Olson
The award will be used to help complete this book, which will describe the development of two leading libraries in GermanyDie Deutsche Bibliothek and Die Staatsbibliothek zu Berlinsince German reunification in 1989-1990. Specifically, it will focus on the librarians themselves: what has it meant, and what does it mean, to be "eastern German" or "western German" at these two libraries. Additionally, it will describe the operations of the two libraries and comment on what has been working well (or not) since German unification.
The award will be used to research an article on the life and career of Israel Perlstein (1897-1975), a Polish-born book dealer who became one of the primary sources of Harvard's collection of Slavic books and periodicals. This biography of this undeservedly forgotten entrepreneur will address not only the specific questions of precisely when and how Harvard acquired its impressive and often unique Russian collection, but will also serve as a prism through which to analyze the history of Slavic book collecting in the United States.