Research Fellowships

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to offer three research fellowships. These short-term research fellowships are open to undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars.

Tee A. Corinne Memorial Travel Fellowship (applications due April 30, 2020). The Tee A. Corinne Memorial Travel Fellowship encourages research within the Oregon lesbian intentional communities collections. $3,000 will be awarded to conduct research within these collections.

James Laughton Ken Kesey Fellowship (applications due April 30, 2020). The intention of the James Laughton Kesey Fellowship is to encourage research within the Ken Kesey Papers. The UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) houses the Ken Kesey Papers. $3,000 will be awarded to conduct research on the collection.

James Ingebretsen Memorial Travel Fellowship (applications due April 30, 2020). The James Ingebretsen Memorial Travel Fellowship encourages research within the conservative and libertarian manuscript collections at the University of Oregon Libraries. Two awards of $5,000 each will be awarded to conduct research within these collections.

Questions?  Contact Linda Long at

Black History Month Presentation by Dr. Lissa D. Stapleton

Join us for an upcoming guest presentation:

Underground Tunnels Revealed: Unearthing the History of Black Deaf Education

by Dr. Lissa D. Stapleton

Knight Library, Special Collections Paulson Reading Room,
Thursday, February 27th, 3-5 pm

Black History Month is usually a time to explore, remember and celebrate the journey and lives of Black Americans. However, during this month, only certain Black Americans and stories are highlighted. This presentation will explore untold stories of Black history – Black Deaf Americans. The Deaf experience is often mistaken as a White experience and the Black experience is often only understood as a hearing experience. However, both are untrue. This interactive presentation will challenge the historical invisibility of Black Deaf communities with a specific focus on education. There is a past of racism and audism particularly within Black Deaf educational systems. However, there has been a complicated relationship of oppression, resistance, and collaboration among Black hearing and Deaf people. The research that guides this presentation looks at the historical relationship between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Black Deaf education in the 1860s-1930s. Dr. Stapleton will focus on two HBCU institutions, Southern University A & M in Louisiana and Hampton University in Virginia. Black Deaf educational challenges have yet to be resolved. However, to understand current educational experiences, it is important to consider the historical happenings in which the present is based and what can learn from the past.

Portrait of Dr. Lissa D. StapletonDr. Lissa D. Stapleton is an assistant professor at California State University Northridge in the Department of Deaf Studies and core faculty for the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program. Her research focuses on equity and access, identity development, and the educational history of Deaf students, faculty, and staff with a particular interest in the intersections of race, gender, and disability. Her desire to support Deaf college students of color, led Stapleton to pursue her doctorate at Iowa State University. She graduated in 2014 with her PhD in education with an emphasis in higher education and social justice and a minor in women’s studies. She won the 2015 Melvene D. Hardee NASPA Dissertation of the Year award, and is a 2018 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow and Penn Center for Minority Serving Institution Elevate Fellow. Previously, Stapleton worked in student affairs at various institutions and with Semester at Sea. She is involved with the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the National Black Deaf Advocates. She earned her MSE in college student personnel from the University of Dayton and BS in social work from Wright State University. Stapleton was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, is a proud first generation college student, and loves dancing and having a good meal with lots of laughter with friends and family.

Sponsored by the UO Libraries, the Disability Studies Minor and the ASL Program.

NHPRC Grant | Kurt Werth papers

This is the second of a series of blog posts highlighting our NHPRC-sponsored project: Twentieth Century Children’s Literature: Exploring the Past, Understanding the Present. Previous posts can be found here.

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce the publication of a newly revised finding aid for the Kurt Werth papers (Coll 100). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

A boy in a tiger costume walks down a suburban street at night.
Sketch for A Tiger Called Thomas, circa 1963, Box 13, Kurt Werth papers, Coll 100, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

The Kurt Werth papers represent a major portion of Werth’s body of work produced as an illustrator and author of American children’s literature. The collection is comprised of original children’s book illustrations and manuscripts, other artwork and manuscripts, personal papers, artifacts, personal and professional correspondence, and papers of his wife, Margaret Werth.

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New Finding Aid | Yussef El Guindi papers

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a newly published finding aid for the Yussef El Guindi papers (Coll 593). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

The Talented Ones, Yussef El Guindi papers. Coll 593, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Yussef El Guindi is a contemporary American playwright based out of Seattle, Washington. Guindi was born in Egypt and raised in England. He immigrated to the United States as an adult and became an American citizen. Guindi is an acclaimed playwright who has won numerous awards for his works. Most recently, Guindi worked with A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle Washington. Additionally, Guindi was featured as the first Table|Room|Stage playwright for Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

The collection consists of scripts and drafts of seven of Guindi’s plays. Materials include revisions and notes from workshops and productions of the works. The collection includes additional material related to productions such as playbills, cast lists, and workshop information. Of note in this collection are materials related to the 2015 production of “Threesome,” work-shopped at JAW: A Playwright Festival produced by Portland Center Stage in 2013.  The collection also includes materials on a production of “The Talented Ones” at Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, Oregon as part of their Table|Room|Stage program. The subjects and themes explored in Guindi’s works include the immigrant experience, cultural and political climates, and identity.

New Acquisitions: Taller de Gráfica Popular

Special Collections and University Archives has recently acquired two works published by the Taller de Gráfica Popular, an artist’s print collective founded in 1937 in Mexico that produces art for political and revolutionary social causes, including anti-militarism, organized labor, and anti-fascism

Taller de Gráfica Popular (Spanish: “People’s Graphic Workshop”) was established by the artists Leopoldo Méndez, Pablo O’Higgins, and Luis Arenal after the dissolution of Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (LEAR, Revolutionary Writers’ and Artists’ League), a group of artists who supported the Mexican Revolution. TGP’s print shop specialized in linoleum and woodblock printing, often working collaboratively among members and international artists.

These works complement the collection objective of building on strengths in political activism and counter-culture. Much of the artwork also touches on cross-border and borderland issues between the United States and Mexico.

El Taller de Gráfica Popular: Doce años de obra artística colectiva (Mexico City, 1949)

A catalog of works produced by TGP between 1937-1949

The catalog “The Workshop for Popular Graphic Art: A Record of Twelve Years of Collective Work” was published in Mexico City in 1949 by La Estampa Mexicana, the TGP’s imprint for the sale of political posters, prints, song lyrics, and poetry. The catalog is bound in a spiral-bound album, and contains black and white illustrations with text in Spanish and English. The catalog also contains five original wood engravings signed in pencil by the artists Alfredo Zalce, Alberto Beltrán, G. Fernandez Ledesma, Francisco Mora and Carlos Merida.

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