And the winner is-Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer for the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
The grant of 10,000 Dutch guilders, which covers air travel to and from Europe, transportation in Europe, and board and lodging in selected sites for a period not to exceed 14 consecutive days, is awarded annually to the applicant whose project is found to meet the criteria set forth in the grant's guidelines: interest to Western European Studies and to the wider scholarly community, timeliness, clear and applicable methodology, timely accomplishment of the project, as well as the applicant's qualifications to carry out the research.
This year's six submissions were especially well presented and extremely interesting, which made the jury's task all the more difficult. We would like to commend everyone who submitted a proposal and encourage them to try again next year!
Richard Hacken will use the grant to travel to Vienna, where he will research the topic "Towards Reconstructing the Fate of Viennese Jewish Libraries in the Nazi Era." According to Richard, after visiting for the first time, well over a decade ago, the lone surviving Viennese synagogue from that time period, he was deeply moved by the human history and cultural riches that had been lost in that city following the Anschluss of 1938. This grant will allow him to delve into historic documents and inventories which, he hopes, will help categorize types of Viennese Jewish libraries and their main areas of collection strength, data that can show the reading habits of a historic populace at the height of their culture.
The jury was impressed with the presentation, organization, content, and the timeliness of the subject matter of Hacken's proposal and wish Richard much success in his endeavor.
The award will be presented at the WESS membership meeting during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Heleni Pedersoli, Chair
Martinus Nijhoff International
Western European Specialist Study Grant Committee