This October, three graduate students from across the country will be spending a month researching the Marvin and Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Collection, which is maintained and housed inside the S.E. Wimberly Library.
Deborah Charnoff, Hannah Jorgenson, and Jordan Michael Wingate will conduct unique research on topics that correlate to the different publications in the Spirit of America collection. The collection was donated to FAU in 2006 by Marvin and Sybil Weiner. It is valued at $3.8 million and has 13,000 printed items from 1501 to the Revolutionary era.
Charnoff from the City University of New York will being doing research for her dissertation on the topic of “Men Set on Fire: Algernon Sidney & John Adams – Remodeling Anglo-American Republicanism.”
Jogenson from the University of Minnesota will focus on early modern models of consent and gender roles in the Enlightenment period.
Wingate from the University of California, Los Angeles will also be working on his dissertation. He plans to use the early American magazines within the collection to study “The Periodical Origins of the American Self.”
Florida Atlantic University’s Department of History in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters is partnering with the Huntington Library in San Marino, California to sponsor the students' research. The individuals will spend a month at FAU’s library and at the Huntington Library. Then, on Oct. 25, the students will present their findings at the Weiner Research Symposium at FAU.
The fellowship will be administered by Adrian Finucane and Jason Sharples from FAU’s history department, and fellows can draw on the expertise of Victoria Thur and Teresa Van Dyke in the FAU Libraries Special Collections Department.