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Library Announces Winner of Showalter Research Award

The Legacy Library is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012-13 Kenneth E. Showalter '50 Special Collections Research Award. The nominees for the award (with the titles of their research projects) are:

  • Matthew Cale. Rufus Putnam: Unsuccessful Peace — nominated by Dr. Kathryn McDaniel for a History Capstone project
  • Sean Hoover. "Blaze Away Boys!": The William Cutter Civil War Correspondence — nominated by Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker for an English Capstone project
  • Emily L. Kennedy. Blood and Opium: The Medical Journals of an Early Marietta Physician, Samuel P. Hildreth — nominated by Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker for an English Capstone project
  • Katherine Tedesco. No Sweeter Than This: Jim and Esther Stowe's Resilience through World War II — nominated by Dr. Kathryn McDaniel for a History Investigative Studies project

The review process followed a blind review standard in which information identifying the author of the papers was removed. Reviewers noted that the overall quality of the papers was quite high generally. Following the review, the award committee selected Emily Kennedy as this year's recipient for her paper on Samuel Hildreth. The committee found the quality of both the writing and the research exemplified in the paper to be of highest quality, and particularly noted the effective use of primary and secondary sources in the paper.

This award is presented annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who authors the best research paper using the primary sources of the Slack Research Collections of the Legacy Library. It is funded by the Kenneth E. Showalter ’50 Special Collections Memorial Endowment, established in 2010 by Robert and Shirley Showalter.

To be eligible for consideration:
1. The submission must be a completed work in any form, for example, research paper, web site, presentation, video documentary, masters thesis, etc.
2. It must present the original scholarly contribution of the author.
3. It must have been completed while the author was a student, undergraduate or graduate, at Marietta College during the current academic year (or the preceding summer) and in connection with coursework at the college.
4. It can be in any field of study, but must be based largely or entirely on sources held in the Slack Research Collections of Legacy Library.

The award committee was composed of: Dr. Gamaliel Perruci, Interim Provost; Dr. Douglas Anderson, Director of the Legacy Library; and Dr. Barbara MacHaffie, Emerita Professor of Religion and History.