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Students win funding to study archival research in Chicago


Curator sitting with 17th century text

Seonaid Valiant, curator of Latin American studies at the ASU Library, displays a rare first-edition copy of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's "Neptuno Alegórico," printed in 1680. Valiant will lead the students in three days of seminars and archival research at Newberry Library. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

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January 31, 2019

ASU Library has announced that four Arizona State University students have been selected to attend three days of seminars and research at the Newberry Library in Chicago this spring:

• Scott Caddy, English graduate student.

• Michael McVeigh, English graduate student.

• John Payton, history undergraduate student.

• Zaellotius Wilson, art history graduate student.

The students will receive up to $1,200 in funds to travel and stay in Chicago over spring break, March 4–8, while attending sessions on primary sources in Renaissance, medieval and indigenous studies with Seonaid Valiant, curator for Latin American Studies for ASU Library. 

“Working in an archive requires certain skills,” Valiant said. “This opportunity is aimed at giving ASU students more experience in doing scholarly work, contextualizing a document and working with primary sources, mostly colonial materials.”

The committee for travel funding to the Newberry Library selected the students’ applications from a competitive pool in December. 

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