The Harvard University Library has announced the recipients of the Bryant Fellowships in 2004. According to University Library Director Sidney Verba, Jan Voogd, Nongji Zhang, and Ernest Zitser have been awarded the fellowships for 2004. 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 Michael Olson. 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 awardsin 2004.
The award will be used to help complete a book documenting and exploring the subject of the Red Summer Riots, a post-World War I phenomenon in which white mobs attacked black communities in approximately 25 locations in the US and in several locations in the UK. The dearth of accessible information on this unprecedented phenomenon, while not surprising, is an oversight whose remedy is long overdue.
The award will be used to conduct research on scholars who made significant contributions to legal theory in mainland China during the 20th century. The resulting manuscript will discuss the features, trends, and development of legal theory in the different historical periods of the last century, and will explore the relationship between the socio-economic situation and changes in legal thought. This comprehensive biographical bibliography will serve as a research guide and finding aid for students and scholars for further in-depth research on the development of modern Chinese legal theory.
Ernest A. Zitser
The award will be used to translate and annotate the first secular autobiography in the Russian language, written between 1705 and 1710. This little-known primary source offers an excellent opportunity for examining the process of cultural self-fashioning from the point of view of one singularly opinionated member of the ascendant Russian nobilitya group frequently depicted as a blank slate, upon which Peter the Great (or, alternatively, the faceless processes of "Westernization" and "secularization") left their indelible marks.