The John Nolen Research Fund, established through the generosity of the Nolen family, provides assistance to scholars to conduct research in the John Nolen Papers (#2903) and allied collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) of the Cornell University Library. Any qualified researcher interested in the history of city and regional planning before 1950 with a project that can be augmented by using the Nolen Papers is eligible to apply.
For more information on our holdings, please see:
- Guide to the John Nolen Papers
- RMC architecture and planning collections overview
- List of RMC architecture and planning collections
- Cornell University Library catalog
Awards: One or more awards may be made annually. The amount of the award varies according to the needs of the projects and the number of projects supported. Awards are intended to provide only partial support for any project. Applications are reviewed and awards made by the Nolen Research Fund Committee.
Requirements: No Cornell affiliation is necessary, and the award carries no formal Cornell affiliation. Researchers may apply more than once. At the conclusion of the year's support, each scholar is expected to submit a copy of any publications acknowledging support from the Fund.
Deadlines: Applications are due annually by April 30; awards will be made by May 31 for support to begin on July 1. Research must be completed within one year.
Proposals should include:
- One-paragraph statement of purpose.
- Research proposal, including the rationale for the use of the Nolen and other RMC collections, as well as the methodology or planned approach to interpreting the material. Comment on the significance of the work and its potential contribution to the understanding of the history of city and regional planning. Briefly describe your plans for publishing or otherwise disseminating the results of your project. If appropriate, indicate how this project fits into a larger work in progress.
- Budget showing the expenses for which support is requested. Eligible expenses include travel, lodging, and scanning or other reproductions. Please read the budget and tax information for grant applicants.
- Current curriculum vitae.
- Graduate students should also submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor or thesis director on the significance of the topic and the abilities of the candidate. Other applicants may submit one or two letters of reference, but are not required to do so.
Application submission: Please submit your application via email to Connie Finnerty, Administrative Manager.
Questions: For further information about this research grant, please contact Elizabeth D. Muller, Curator of Digital and Media Collections.