Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students

Purpose

To provide financial assistance to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the Midwest Archives Conference and of the archival profession as a whole.

Award (2 awarded annually)

Scholarship of $750 and complimentary 1-year membership to MAC

Eligibility

There are eligibility requirements for both the applicant and the graduate archival program which must be met for consideration for this scholarship.

Applicant

The applicant must be a student of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latino descent and currently enrolled in a graduate, multi-course program in archival administration or accepted into such a program for the next academic year. The applicant must also have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in their most recent academic year.

Program

The graduate program must offer at least three courses in archival administration or be listed in the current SAA Directory of Archival Education. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, the applicant must provide proof of the three-course standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution's current departmental catalog.

Application

Applications are due March 1, 2015 and must include the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form (pdf)
  • Transcript from the applicant's most recent academic program.
  • Essay of not more than 500 words outlining the applicant's interests and future goals in archival administration.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Completed applications (in hard-copy) should be sent to:

Alison Stankrauff
Archivist and Associate Librarian
Franklin D. Schurz Library
Indiana University South Bend
P.O. Box 7111
South Bend, Indiana  46634
Tel: (574) 520-4392
E-mail: astankra@iusb.edu

Award Requirement

Award winner will write an essay for the MAC Newsletter on their academic activities assisted by the scholarship and its importance to their graduate archival education.

Archie Motley (1934–2002)

MotleyArchie Motley was born on December 2, 1934, in Chicago. Son of prominent African American painter Archibald Motley Jr. and Edith Granzo, Motley graduated from Englewood High School and later earned a BA in philosophy from DePaul University in 1960 and an MA in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 1965. He began working at the Chicago History Museum in 1955 where he ultimately advanced to the position of curator of archives and manuscripts in 1974. He spearheaded active collection development of Chicago’s urban, social, and cultural history—especially collections related to labor, African Americans, and community organizations—but also many other types of material related to Chicago’s complex and tumultuous history. In 1998, he was named Chicago History Museum’s archivist emeritus.

Motley was also a leader among archivists. He was a founding member and the first president of the Midwest Archives Conference. He was also active with the Society of American Archivists, the Society of American Baseball Research, and the Urban History Association. He provided longtime service to the Illinois State Archives and the Illinois Labor History Society, to name only two of many.

Motley’s life and legacy cannot be easily calculated. His impact on the archival profession and on the history of un- and under-documented communities is impossible to quantify. Still, his imprint can be found on the stacks of research conducted under his ever keen and watchful eye. Researchers and donors counted him as friend and ally, archivists as mentor and role model. As such we can celebrate his contributions and continue his good work long into the future.

Previous Winners

2013 Christina Stone Simmons College
2013 Joanna Chen University of California Los Angeles
2012 Nicholas Beyelia San Jose State University
2012 Jarrett Drake University of Michigan
2011 Nicole Potter University of Michigan
2010 Nancy Ng Tam New York University
2010 Susan Gehr San Jose State University
2009 Krystal Appiah UCLA
2009 Janet Ceja University of Pittsburgh
2008 Judy Dodson North Carolina Central University
2008 Tiffany Chao University of Michigan
2007 Bergis Jules Indiana University
2007 Jennifer Pack San Jose State University
2006 Kerwin R. So San Jose State University
2006 Terence L . Johnson University of South Carolina
2005 Kathy Lo San Jose State University
2005 Jennifer Osorio University of California Los Angeles
2004 Erin Bradford North Carolina State University
2004 Ruth  Bayhylle University of California Los Angeles
 
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