NAPOLEONIC STUDIES AT
1998, Ben Weider gave
an unencumbered gift to Florida
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
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
and McCranie worked in the Public Record Office in London.
In 2000, Karen Greene (North
and Mary Cooney traveled to Paris,
to continue work on topics dealing with the French Revolution. At
the same time, Steven Schwamenfeld (New
spent several months in the British capital pouring through documents
at the Public Record Office and the Imperial
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
worked in the Public Records Office and the British
Museum on documents related to the Napoleonic
In 2002, Joshua Moon (Alabama),
and Jason Musteen (Arkansas)
spent the summer working in the European archives. Both spent time
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
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
archival research with the invaluable manuscript collections in
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.
Donald D. Horward
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