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Information on the Bank of America/David and Rosalee McCullough Research Fellowship

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Special Collections Hours

Special Collections regular hours are:

Monday: By appointment only
Tuesday: By appointment only
Wednesday: By appointment only
Thursday: By appointment only
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

For specific days and holidays check the Library Calendar.

The Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Bank of America/David and Rosalee McCullough Research Fellowship supports projects using materials from Marietta College's Special Collection that can only be accessed on-site. 

Located in Marietta, Ohio, the first organized settlement in the Northwest Territory, Marietta College's Legacy Library holds 18th, 19th, and 20th century collections focused on the new nation, the Northwest Territory, and the industry and culture of Southeast Ohio and the Mid-Ohio Valley. 

Fellows will receive: 

  • -$1,000 stipend for a two-week residency or $2,000 for a four-week residency
  • -Free accommodation in an on-campus apartment
  • -Free meals in on-campus dining facilities 

In addition to conducting their research, fellows are expected to engage with Marietta College students and faculty in the form of class visits and an informal lecture at the end of the visit. Fellows who conduct their research during the summer are expected to make arrangements to fulfill these requirements during the academic year. 


Who is eligible

  • -Academic historians, graduate students, and undergraduate students 
  • -Community historians and independent researchers or writers 
  • -K-12 teachers or other professionals developing curriculum materials 


Application requirements

Before applying, all applicants must contact Special Collections to discuss research topics and availability of materials.

Application packets are accepted via email at and should include:

  1. 1. A 1-2 page letter of interest that includes a description of the research project, the length of research (two or four weeks), and which collections or portions of collections you plan to access
  2. 2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. 3. Two letters of support

Applications are considered twice a year. Applications for summer and fall residencies are due March 15. Applications for spring are due October 15. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all pieces of the application are submitted by the due date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Strong applications will:

  • -Be relevant to the collections contained at Legacy Library
  • -Provide new perspectives or new approaches to the material 
  • -Have a concrete end product or goal achievable by the applicant in the time allowed by the fellowship
  • -Require on-site access to collections

David McCullough on the Legacy Library Special Collections

CSPAN Interview with discussion of Marietta College Legacy Library Special Collections, April 12, 2017

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The Endowment

Bank of America/David and Rosalee McCullough Research Fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from the Bank of America made in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough and his wife, Rosalee. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. McCullough made several extended visits to Marietta College’s Special Collections conducting research for his book, The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West.