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Wallis Annenberg Research Grants

USC Libraries

University of Southern California

Special Collections at the University of Southern California announces the availability of research grants for scholars whose work would benefit from access to primary source materials in the USC Libraries' archival and printed collections.

USC Libraries Special Collections, the oldest institutional collection of rare materials in Southern California, contains 130,000 rare books, 1.4 million manuscripts, and 1.7 million photographs. Strengths include regional history, natural history, philosophy, German literature and culture (especially exile literature) American literature, aeronautical history, USC history, and fine printing. Special Collections is especially noted for its photographic holdings, which are made up of several discrete collections, including the Hearst Collection (1.2 million photographs) dating from 1904-61; the California Historical Society Collection containing 23,000 photographs dating from 1890-1960; and the "Dick" Whittington Collection containing 500,000 images dating from 1925-60.

For more information about Special Collections, visit:

To consult the University of Southern California's online library catalog HOMER, visit:

For further information, contact Marje Schuetze-Coburn, Head, at (213) 740-7119 or

Who is eligible?

Anyone with a scholarly interest in conducting primary source based research at USC is invited to apply. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars whose work would benefit from use of USC Libraries special collections are eligible. Applicants must live at least 100 miles distant from the University of Southern California to be eligible. Additionally, those who have previously received a research grant from USC will not be considered.

What may the grant money be used for?

Grant money may be used for travel, for lodging, or for incidental expenses. Grant amounts are awarded up to $1,000 and must be used within one year of notification of the award.

How do I apply?

Please complete the application below, and e-mail, fax, or mail it to:

Marje Schuetze-Coburn
Head, Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library, 101C
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0182

Phone: (213) 740-7119
Fax: (213) 740-9962

In addition to the form, applicants are asked to supply the following:

When is the deadline?

Applications may be submitted on September 15 or March 15. However, proposals must be made two months prior to the planned research visit.

When will I know if I will receive a grant?

Applicants will be notified of the decision within six weeks of receipt of application.

How will the funds be allocated?

The Wallis Annenberg Research Grant is provided as a reimbursement for expenses paid. Original invoices and receipts must be submitted following the research visit for reimbursement.


Wallis Annenberg
Research Grants Application

Special Collections, USC Libraries
University of Southern California


Address: ________________________________________________

Telephone: _________________________

Fax: ________________________ Email: _________________________

Institutional affiliation, if appropriate: ________________________________________________________


Undergraduate (year): _________________________
Graduate student (department): ______________________
Faculty (department): ______________________
Independent researcher: __________________________
Other : ______________________________

Amount requested: ________________________

Attach to this form

1) Project abstract of approximately 100 words
2) Outline of the project's goals, methods, and expected results with reference to relevant USC holdings
3) Budget for the amount requested
4) Curriculum vitae
5) Names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for 2 references familiar with your research.

Send application and attachments to:

Marje Schuetze-Coburn
Head, Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library. DML101C
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0182

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