Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

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Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
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Established 1943
Chairman Robert C. Ritchie, The Huntington Library (Executive Board)
Barbara Oberg, Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Princeton University (Council)
Director Ronald Hoffman
Staff 25
Location Earl Gregg Swem Library
Address 400 Landrum Drive
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) was founded in 1943 and is jointly sponsored by College of William & Mary and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. In 1996, the College and Colonial Williamsburg added Omohundro to the Institute's name in recognition of a generous endowment bequest pledged by Mr. and Mrs. Malvern H. Omohundro, Jr. The Institute also receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a two-year Institute/NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship, awarded annually. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made it possible for the Institute to offer a one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, which began in the fall of 1997.


Book Publications[edit]

The Book Publications program embodies the Institute's dedication to the furtherance of study in the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods of American history as well as the related histories of the British Isles, Europe, West Africa, and the Caribbean. The Institute's publications program is small, publishing only four or five books each year, but its high scholarly standards and careful selection of worthy manuscripts have produced over the years a list of prize-winning books.

In 1946, the University of North Carolina Press and the Institute established an agreement by which the Press would publish and distribute books acquired and edited by the Institute and bearing the Institute's imprint. That collaboration has continued to the present day.

William and Mary Quarterly[edit]

The William and Mary Quarterly is published in January, April, July, and October by the OIEAHC, Williamsburg, Virginia. The journal originated in 1892, making it one of the oldest scholarly journals in the United States. Currently in its Third Series, the Quarterly is the leading journal for the study of early American history and culture. It ranges chronologically from Old World-New World contacts to about 1820. Geographically, it focuses on North America from New France and the Spanish-American borderlands to British America and the Caribbean and extends to Europe and West Africa. Although grounded in history, it welcomes works from all disciplines (for example, literature, law, political science, anthropology, archaeology, material culture, cultural studies) bearing on the early American period.


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Omohundro Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship[edit]

is a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies. This fellowship is awarded annually. A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate’s dissertation or other manuscript have significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. Applicants may not have previously published or have under contract a scholarly monograph, and they must have met all requirements for the doctorate before commencing the fellowship. Foreign nationals are eligible. Those who have earned the Ph.D. and begun careers are also encouraged to apply. Applications may be submitted in hard copy or electronically.

Lapidus-OIEAHC Fellowship[edit]

offers up to four $500 fellowships annually to support advanced graduate student research related to Early American and transatlantic print culture, including authorship, production, circulation, and reception.

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