The Reynolds-Finley Associates, in conjunction with the Historical Collections (HC) unit of UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), are pleased to announce the availability of short-term awards of up to $2,500 to individual researchers studying one or more aspects of the history of the health sciences. Intended to support research using the HC unit as a historical resource, the fellowship requires the on-site use of at least one of the unit’s three components, which are the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, Reynolds-Finley Historical Library and UAB Archives.

  • Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences – The Museum holds equipment, instruments, and objects representing the history and development of the health sciences. Among its holdings are the Nott pathological specimens, nineteen wax anatomical models purchased by Dr. Josiah Nott (1804-1873) and originally brought to Mobile, Alabama in October of 1860. The scope of the collection includes, but is not limited to the fields of medicine, nursing, ophthalmology, dentistry, public health, and allied health.
  • Reynolds-Finley Historical Library – The Library is a significant repository of materials relating to the history of the health sciences. Currently, the Reynolds-Finley holds approximately 14,000 titles ranging in date from the 14th century up to the early 20th century, including 30 incunabula and many of the world’s most important medical works. Anatomy, surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, botanical medicine, electrotherapeutics, Civil War medicine, southern medicine, and 19th century diagnosis and therapeutics are some of the areas in which the library has especially strong holdings.
  • UAB Archives – The Archives contains material relating to the health sciences schools at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and for the health sciences communities in Alabama. Other primary resource materials include personal papers, corporate records, and an extensive collection of photographs. It is the official repository for the Southern Surgical Association, Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the International Organization for Mycoplasmology.

Anyone who wishes to use HC for historical research may apply, regardless of his or her academic status. Fellowships are awarded to individual applicants, not to institutions, as awarded funds are meant to help offset the costs associated with visiting and utilizing HC and not for institutional overhead (e.g. clerical costs, supplies, or other attendant project expenses).

Applicants should submit an outline of the proposed project and an abstract (not to exceed 250 words) stating its general scope and purpose; a budget listing travel and other attendant expenses; the length of the anticipated visit; a brief curriculum vitae; and two letters of recommendation (preferably from individuals familiar with the nature of the applicant’s research and scholarly interests). All materials must be submitted by January 31 to receive consideration for that year. Successful applicants will be expected to exhibit work or deposit a copy of the finished manuscript, thesis, dissertation or publication with Historical Collections.

Send applications to:
Peggy Balch UAB Lister Hill Library 301
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013