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U of Kansas announcing Travel Grant for Research on 16th and 17th Century Poland

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    Marina Duka

    Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce the Alexander and Valentine Janta Endowment travel grant for research focusing on the Polish 16th and 17th centuries. The travel grant is made possible through a generous endowment from Alexander and Valentine Janta.

    Collection Description
    Polish (and Polish-related) manuscript holdings in Spencer Library include the Graziani-Commendone collection of 16th and 17th century correspondence and other papers about Catholic Church affairs and the Graziani and Commendone families. The manuscripts in Latin, Polish, and Italian include:
    · Letters from Bishop Antonio Maria Graziani to Cardinal Commendone and others, as well as ciphers, speeches, reports, notes, constitutions, etc., about 360 items, 1571-1573. Call number: MS 62.
    · Letterbooks of Cardinal Commendone,16 books, some bound together, 1560-1581. Call numbers: MS 86, MS E97, MS E105.
    · Letterbooks of Bishop Antonio Maria Graziani, 5 volumes, 1596-1599. Call numbers: MS E110, MS D121.
    · Collections of texts, 290 items. Call numbers: MS 87, MS D120, MS D123.
    · Legal documents of Graziani Family, 24 items. Call number: MS 205.
    · Separate manuscript books, 4 items. Call numbers: MS D112, MS B73, MS D118, MS D119.

    Early printed books of the 16th and 17th centuries about Poland and its history are held in the Summerfield Collection of Continental European books printed before 1701. In addition to many of the books listed in Janina Hoskins’ Early and Rare Polonica of the 15th-17th Centuries (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1973), Spencer Research Library holds at least 67 titles not listed in Hoskins; see Barbara Backus McCorkle, “Addenda to Hoskins: Polonica,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA), 69 (1975), 380-388.

    Eligibility Requirements
    Janta Endowment travel grants are available to faculty members, undergraduates, graduate students, and independent researchers. Applicants must live outside a 100-mile radius of Lawrence, Kansas, and must show evidence of a research project that requires the use of Spencer Research Library’s Polish materials from the 16th and 17th centuries. Grant money may be used for travel, photoduplication, and living expenses while conducting research at Spencer Research Library. To apply for the award, please submit the online application for the travel grant. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

    Contact Information
    For additional information, please contact:
    Karen Cook
    Special Collections Librarian

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