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The Kenneth E. Showalter, ’50, Special Collections Research Award

The Award

The Kenneth E. Showalter, Marietta College Class of 1950, Special Collections Research 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.

In December 2010, Robert and Shirley Showalter established the Kenneth E. Showalter Special Collections Memorial Endowment. A portion of this endowment supports the Showalter Special Collections Research Award.


To be eligible for consideration:

  • The submission must be a completed work in any form, for example, research paper, web site, presentation, video documentary, masters thesis, etc.
  • It must present the original scholarly contribution of the author.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Papers are judged on originality of the topic, quality of research, quality of analysis and interpretation, and quality of writing and documentation. Special attention is given to the extent and effectiveness of the use of resources from the Slack Research Collections.

Recipients and Nominees