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The Friends of the Missouri State Archives offers the William E. Foley Research Fellowship to support the use of public records in scholarly research. Any research project that utilizes the holdings of the Missouri State Archives, and/or its St. Louis branch, to further knowledge of state or national history is eligible for funding.

The Archives is the official repository for all state records of historical value. With holdings dating back to 1770, the collection consists of more than 338 million pages of paper records, as well as 770,000 photographs and prints, 9,000 maps, nearly 200,000 microfilm reels, tens of thousands of state publications and an important assemblage of audiotapes, DVDs/CDs and videos. This extensive collection documents the western fur trade, slavery, the Civil War, military records from the War of 1812 to World War II, European immigration and modern Missouri politics, among many other subjects related to Missouri’s history. Among the larger records series are the papers of Missouri governors, general assembly records, Supreme Court of Missouri case files, records and publications from state departments and agencies and millions of microfilmed county and municipal documents.

Fellows receive a $1,500 award intended to defray expenses incurred when visiting the Archives and/or its St. Louis branch. Distribution occurs in two payments: the first ($700) upon notification of the award, and the second ($800) upon completion of research at the Archives and/or its St. Louis branch.

Fellows must complete their research within a year of the award date and are required to submit a final report explaining the work performed. Furthermore, fellows must acknowledge the Friends of the Missouri State Archives’ William E. Foley Research Fellowship in any work(s) resulting from the research, as well as provide the Missouri State Archives with a copy of any such work(s).

Applicants for the 2019 William E. Foley Research Fellowship should complete an application form and provide a research proposal, curriculum vitae and list of references. Review of completed applications will begin on Monday, April 1, 2019. These materials may be sent to Dr. Shelly J. Croteau, Assistant State Archivist, Missouri State Archives, P.O. Box 1747, 600 W. Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65102 or

Selection will be based on the soundness of the proposal, relation to the Archives’ holdings as demonstrated by citation of specific collections, qualifications of the applicant and potential for impact within the academic community. Further, proposals making use of materials only available onsite at the Missouri State Archives or its St. Louis branch will be given preference over those involving federal and state records already available online. Notification of awards will be made by April 30, 2019.


2019 William E. Foley Research Fellowship Application