Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialists Study Grant
This annual award was established by WESS in 1985 under the sponsorship of Martinus Nijhoff International, subscription agent and bookdealer headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Note: The most up to date information about this award, including contact
information, eligibility, and application procedure, can be found at
See also the bibliography of Publications, Talks and Exhibitions Based Upon Nijhoff Grant Funded Research.
In 1988 the jury decided that none of the proposals were worthy of support. No award was made. Instead proposal guidelines and criteria were written. Since that time, the quality and consistency of proposals has improved.
In 1991 the jury was unable to complete its deliberations during the ALA midwinter meeting because two proposals were deemed meritorious. The jury postponed its final decision and sought outside opinions from experts in related fields. The final decision was made in February via a conference call.
The award recipient is announced officially during the WESS membership meeting at ALA's annual summer conference. If possible the awardee is introduced and recognized at this meeting or during the WESS annual program.
The recipient's detailed expense statement, with original receipts, is due to ACRL within two months of the trip's termination. Copies of the expense statement should be sent to Martinus Nijhoff International at the same time. The grantee is also required to submit a report to ACRL and to Nijhoff within six months of no less than 4,000 words on the research resulting from the trip. The grantee should also submit an abstract of this report for publication in the WESS Newsletter. The recipient of the award is expected to complete the research by the end of the calendar year in which the award is made.
Frederick Lynden, Brown University. Price Indexes of European Academic Library Materials
Report in: College & Research Libraries News no. 3 (March 1987): 127-8.
Michael Albin, Library of Congress. Refugee and Exile Publishing in Western Europe
Report in: College & Research Libraries News no. 5 (May 1989): 381-5
No award made. Guidelines written.
James Spohrer, University of California-Berkeley. Preserving the Written Record: Evaluation of Preservation Programs at Four Major European Libraries
Pamela Spence Richards, Rutgers University. The Secret Gallery of Enemy Scientific Information by Germany and the Allies, 1939-1945
Nancy S. Reinhardt, Harvard College. Henry W. Longfellow as a Book Selector for the North Germanic Languages at the Harvard College Library
Martin Antonetti, Grolier Club. A Study of the Publications of Italian Fine Press and Avant Garde Publishers.
Stephen Lehmann, University of Pennsylvania Journal Publishing in German Academic Librarianship
Barbara Halporn, Harvard University Johann Amerbach: Early Printing in its Social Context
Eleanore O. Hofstetter, Towson State University Women Immigrants to Europe, 1945-1995
Sem C. Sutter, University of Chicago Books in German-Occupied Europe: The Rosenberg Files
Jeffrey Garrett, Northwestern University Library. The End of Monastery Libraries in Bavaria and the Birth of Modern Library Science, 1802-1814.
Richard Hacken, Brigham Young University. Towards Reconstructing the Fate of Viennese Jewish Libraries in the Nazi Era.
Jeffry Larson, Yale University. Documenting the Dissemination of the Gregorian Calendar Reform in France During the Wars of Religion
Sue Waterman, Johns Hopkins University. Collecting the Nineteenth Century: the Book, the Specimen, the Photograph as Archive
James P. Niessen, Rutgers University. German Acquisitions in Hungarian Research Libraries: Cooperative Collection Development in the Twentieth Century
Michael Olson, Harvard University. Two Libraries, Two Peoples: Die Deutsche Bibliothek and Die Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin since German Reunification
Helene S. Baumann, Duke University. Translation of the subject thesaurus
of the Pictorial Archive of the German Colonial Society (Bildarchiv der
Deutschen Kolonialgesellschaft) from German to English
Charlene Kellsey, University of Coloroado, The Bibliotheques Municipales
of France as Sources for Medieval History of Monastic Institutions: The Case
Dale Askey, Kansas State University, Documenting a Vanishing Culture: German-language Literature from Czechoslovakia, 1945–1990