THS Announces the Thomas R. DuBuque Research Fellowship

The American Theatre Architecture Archive at Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) announces the annual Thomas R. DuBuque Research Fellowship. The Fellowship, offered for the first time in 2012, was created by the Board of Directors to honor and perpetuate the memory of past THS president, Conclave/Theatre Tour planner, and dedicated volunteer Tom DuBuque.  Tom had a lifelong interest in theatres and was a member of THS from 1979 until his death in 2011.   

 The Archives and collections are dedicated to preserving the architectural, cultural and social history of America’s theatres. To learn more about our holdings, please visit our website

 Purpose: The Fellowship was created to support scholars conducting research in the Society’s archives and collections, to increase awareness of the Archives, and encourage its use.  Grants of up to $1,500 are available to students, faculty, authors, and other users who would like to visit the archives for research.  Grants may be used to fund travel, lodging, copying, scanning, photo reproduction, photo publication rights, and other research expenses. Preferred projects will involve the study of theatre architecture, theatre architects, and the operation of theatres in the United States.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all who would like to use the archives and collections for research. Applicants may submit only one proposal per year.  Membership in Theatre Historical Society is not required, but is encouraged.  Proposals should be for a publicly available product such as an article, film, book, exhibit, dissertation, thesis, or other result shared with academic and/or public audiences.  Budgets may be approved in whole or in part. Each winner is required to credit the Fellowship in any resulting published work(s) and donate a copy of the work(s) to the American Theatre Architecture Archive. Proposals should be relevant to THS’s interest, as defined in its bylaws. 

Reporting Requirements: Applications will be reviewed by a committee.  Up to fifty percent (50%) of the award monies will be sent upon request, in advance of travel. The remainder of the award will be sent after submission of final report and receipts. Travel and research in the archives and collections must take place during the calendar year of the award.  (i.e. 2013 fellowship research must take place between January 01 and December 31, 2013.)  Within three (3) months of finishing travel and research supported by the fellowship, the recipient must submit a written report summarizing their findings and research experience as well as receipts showing how the funds were spent.  The report may also be used for publication by THS.

To Apply: Fill out the application form on the THS website and attach the following documents:  

·         Research project summary (not less than 100 words nor more than 1,000 words)

·         Pages must be numbered, with the title of the proposal (abbreviated if necessary) on each page

·         A resume/vita, including previous publications, exhibits, and/or projects

·         Project budget that clearly states the amount sought and specific expenses anticipated

At least one but no more than three references confirming the applicant’s research project and/or their research potential

Completed applications should be sent to Kathy McLeister, Archive Director no later than Nov 01, 2012.

Award notification will take place in December 2012. Submission may be via fax or mail, but THS prefers electronic submissions.  Applications should be sent to, fax (630) 782-1802, or by mail to Theatre Historical Society of America, ATTN: DuBuque Research Fellowship, 152 N. York St., Elmhurst, IL 60126-2889.  

Additional information about the Fellowship program and the application process can be found on the THS website ( or contact Kathy McLeister, Archive Director at or (630) 782-1800.

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  1. THS is proud to be able to honor Dr Tom DuBuque in this tangible and valuable way. Please feel free to post or pass on this information in any way that will afford it wider exposure.

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