In  1998, Ben Weider gave an unencumbered gift to Florida State University to enable students working in the filed of Napoleonic history to continue their research in Europe. Since the Weider Research Felllowships became available in 1999, fifteen students of the Institute have traveled to Europe to pursue research on their doctoral dissertations.


In 1999, six students were able to do research in the European archives. Steven Delvaux (South Dakota) and Michael Jones (Louisiana) spent part of the summer working in the archives at the Service historique des Armées at the Château de Vincennes, the Archives Nationales, the Bibliothèque Nationale, and the Archives du Département des Ministères des Affaires Étrangères in Paris. Philip Garland (South Carolina) did research in the Paris archives before he traveled to Russia to continue work in various state archives in Moscow. Paul Reese (Missouri) devoted his Research Fellowship to conducting research in the Public Record Office and the British Library in London and the National Library and Archive of Scotland in Edinbourg. At the same time, two students, Mary Cooney (Nebraska) and Kevin McCranie (Florida) received Weider Travel/Research Fellowships to present papers at International Napoleonic Society in Tel Aviv, Israel ; they were able to remain in Europe to continue research. Cooney did research in the archives in  Paris, and McCranie worked in the Public Record Office in London.


In 2000, Karen Greene (North Carolina) and Mary Cooney traveled to Paris, Rouen, and Brittany, to continue work on topics dealing with the French Revolution. At the same time, Steven Schwamenfeld (New York) spent several months in the British capital pouring through documents at the Public Record Office and the Imperial War Museum.


In  2001, Jack Sigler (Indiana) and Matt De La Matter (Pennsylvania) received Fellowships to continue their research in the archives of Paris, especially the collections at the Service historique at Vincennes and the Archives Nationales. Meanwhile, Rick Black (New York) worked in the Public Records Office and the British Museum on documents related to the Napoleonic period.


In 2002, Joshua Moon (Alabama), and Jason Musteen (Arkansas) spent the summer working in the European archives. Both spent time in Paris after initial research in London at the Public Record Office and the British Museum. Moon also examined the collections at Southampton and the Royal United Institute, while Musteen flew south to immerse himself in the archival collections on Gibraltar. David Raymond (Hawaii) spent the summer in London pouring through the Admiralty papers at the Public Record Office. Finally, Alexander Mikaberidre (Republic of Georgia) utilized his Fellowship to complete study with the materials in the various Russian archives.


In summer of 2003, Jolynda Chenicek (Florida) and Kenny Johnson (California) were both in Paris working in the various collections pertinent to their topics. While Chenicek remained in Paris, Johnson spent several weeks researching in the archives at Aix-en-Provence and the communal archives at Brest.


Thanks to the Weider Research Fellowhips, the students of the Institute have been provided with significant funds to defray the daily living expenses for several months overseas. Although initial dissertation research had been conducted in the 20,000 volume collection in the Strozier Library at Florida State University, archival research with the invaluable manuscript collections in France, England, Russia, etc… has been mandatory for the completion of their dissertations. So it is through this process that students have completed their Ph.D.s and successfully entered the teaching profession.


Professor Donald D. Horward



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