Tuesday, February 27, 2024

King V. Hostick Scholarship

The Illinois State Historical Society and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency are pleased to announce they are taking applications for the annual King V. Hostick Research Scholarships on Illinois History. The Hostick Scholarship was established by the late manuscript dealer King V. Hostick, to provide financial assistance to graduate students in the study of history and library science who are writing dissertations dealing with some aspect of Illinois history. Preference may be given to research conducted at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library), but all Illinois libraries repositories of historic documents and materials will be considered. Stipends are individually determined up to $5,000.

All applications must be received by March 31, 2024.

For further information contact:
Attn: William Furry
Illinois State Historical Society
PO Box 1800
Springfield, Illinois 62705-1800
Telephone: (217) 525-2781
Attn: Jacob Freifield
Midwest Studies Historian
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. 6th Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Telephone: (217) 558-0128

Guidelines governing applications of King V. Hostick Scholarship:


  1. The applicant must be enrolled in a recognized graduate history or library science degree program in an accredited institution. Applications from other disciplines will be considered at the discretion of the award committee.
  2. The subject of the dissertation must be directly related to Illinois history and must be approved by the graduate committee of the institution. Preference may be given to applicants who require use of the collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library).
  3. The applicant must provide the King V. Hostick Award Committee with: a certified academic transcript of graduate work; a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation director which also certifies that the applicant has been advanced in candidacy; a current vita; a four-to-six page description of the research topic, including methodology, where it stands in the historiography, a bibliography, and sources to be consulted during the award period; and two additional letters of recommendation from faculty members of the applicant’s committee who are familiar with the applicant’s work.
  4. Stipends are individually determined based upon the applicant's research needs. A detailed budget proposal listing travel, lodging, photocopying, and specific collections to be examined at institutions during travel stay should be submitted. If electronic equipment is requested, it must be itemized.
  5. The applicant agrees to deposit a copy of the completed dissertation in the collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library). Should the dissertation be published as a book, the applicant agrees to deposit a copy of the published book in the collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library).


Previous Scholarship Winners

2023: Francis Russo, Philadelphia, PA, "A New Historian of Utopian Socialism Based on Robert Owen's New Moral World"
2023: LeNie Adolphson, Freeport, "Health Care in the Black Metropolis: A History of Provident Hospital"
2023: John William Sarvela, Ponca City, OK, "German-American Soldiers in the American Civil War"
2022: Joshua David Fulton, Northern Illinois University, “Performance Patriotism: the State Council of Defense, the Illinois Women’s Committee, and the Role of the State in World War I Illinois"
2020: Benjamin Nadler, State University of New York Albany, "'The Idea Spread Like Fire:' Narrativizing Dissent in the Illinois Mine War, 1932-1936"
2020: Katherina King, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany, "African-American Women Writers and the WPA"
2020: Ian Iverson, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, "Moderate Men and Conservative Influences: The Illinois Republican Party and the Politics of Union, 1854-1861"
2019: Lawrence Celani, University of Missouri, Columbia, "They Came Apart at the Seams: The Long History of the Illinois and Missouri Borderland"
2019: Meagan T. Frenzer, University of Florida, Gainesville, “Dancing in the Devil’s Playground: The Intersection of Labor, Morality, and Pleasure in Chicago’s Dance Halls, 1910-1930” 
2019: Katherina King, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany, “African-American Women Writers and the WPA” 
2019: Wayne Duerkes, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, “Market and Community Development in North Central Illinois, 1833-1852”
2018: Nicholas Kryczka, University of Chicago, “Selective Renewal: Education Markets and Urban Renaissance in Post-Civil Rights Chicago”
2018: William H. Adams, University of Kansas, “Daughters of Ida B. Wells: Black Women’s Activism from 1964-1987” 
2018: Ruby Oram, Loyola University Chicago, “Useful for Life: Chicago Girls and the Making of Vocational Education, 1880-1930” 
2018: Shannon N. Missick, State University of New York at Albany, “The Evolution of a Desert: A History of Food Access in Chicago, 1950-1999” 
2018: John Matthew Corpolongo, University of Oklahoma, “Reform and Refuse: Race, Labor, and the Limitations of Reform in Chicago, 1850-1920” 
2018: Wayne N. Duerkes, Iowa State University, “The Rise of Northern Illinois: Community and Market Development within the Antebellum Midwest”
2017: Hope Shannon, Loyola University Chicago, “Mobilizing the Past: Local History and Community Action in Metropolitan Chicago, 1960-1980”
2017: William Cliff, Florida State University, “Creating the Antebellum West: Illinois and the Formation of the Middle Border”
2017: Amy Zanoni, Rutgers University, “Poor Health: Retrenchment and Resistance in Chicago’s Public Hospital”
2017: Jon Marcos Reynolds, Northern Illinois University,  “Systems of Indebtedness: Wage Garnishment and Its Effects on Minority Communities in Chicago, 1850-1969”
2016: Elizabeth Jean Stigler, University of Kansas, “Community Through the Kitchen: Tradition, Memory, and Citizenship in Chicago’s Czech American Community”
2016: Brady Winslow, Texas Christian University, “The Rise and Fall of Mormon Nauvoo, 1839-1846”
2016: Jon Marcos Reynolds, Northern Illinois University, “Systems of Indebtedness: Wage Garnishment and its Effects on Minority Communities in Chicago, 1950-1969”
2016: Joseph Otto, University of Oklahoma, “Plumbing the Prairies: Water Management in the Agricultural Midwest”
2016: Morgan Shahan, Johns Hopkins University, “Managing Deviancy: Parole, Probation, and Carceral Development, 1895-1939” 
2016: David Tiedemann, University of London, “Britain and the United States at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1893” 
2015: Rachel Boyle, Loyola University Chicago, “She Shot Him Dead: Criminal Women and the Struggle over Social Order in Chicago, 1870–1920”
2015: Christopher Ramsey, Loyola University Chicago, “Forgetting How to Hate: The Evolution of White Ethnic Responses to Racial Integration in Chicago, 1945–1987”
2015: Nora Krinitsky, University of Michigan, “The Politics of Crime Control: Race, Policing, and State Power in Modern America”
2015: Gerald Adam Rogers, Lehigh University, “Political Structure of Illinois Indians, 1700-1832”
2015: Sophie Elizabeth Cooper, University of Edinburgh, “Identify and Nationalism in the Irish Diaspora: Chicago and Melbourne, 1850-1890”
2015: Matthew Margis, Iowa State University, “Mobilization of the National Guard along the Mexican American Board, 1916-1917”
2015: Megan Klein, Loyala University Chicago, “The Irony of Integration: Race, Politics, and Spatial Disintegration of a Constructed Community”
2015: Kasey Henricks, Loyola University Chicago, “State Looteries: Historical Continuities, Rearticulations of Racism, and American Taxation”
2014: Christopher A. Schnell, St. Louis University, “The Lawyers’ Frontier: The Professionalization of the Bar and the Middle Class Family in Abraham Lincoln’s Midwest”
2013: Nicholas J. McCormick, University of Chicago, “The Changing Representation of Ecology, Evolution, and Science in Chicago's Natural History Museums, 1890-1940”
2012: Long Bao Bui, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “‘I Feel Impelled to Write’: Social Networking and the Culture of letter Writing During the Civil War”
2012: Rabia S. Belt, University of Michigan, “Disabling Democracy in America: Disability, Citizenship, Suffrage, and the Law, 1830-1920”
2012: Christine A. Croxall, University of Delaware, “Holy Waters: Lived Religion, Identity, and Loyalty along the Mississippi River, 1780-1830”
2012: Katie Sutrina, Northern Illinois University, “The Food Pyramid: Mexicans, Agribusiness, Governments, and Communities in the Midwest Migrant Stream”
2012: Sally Heinzel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Emancipation and Reconstruction in a Free State: The Racial Politics of Illinois, 1840-1890”
2012: Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame, “All Consuming Nature: Human Ecology, Consumer Goods, and the Making of Industrial Chicago, 1833-1893”
2012: Jesse Nasta, Northwestern University, “In a State of Slavery, In a State of Freedom: African-American Migration and Legal Status on the Northwestern Frontier, 1803-1860”
2011: Jeremy Prichard, University of Kansas, “In Lincoln’s Shadow: Springfield during the Civil War”
2011: Sarah Bischoff, Rice University, “Lincoln’s South: Perception and Response”
2011: Karen Joy Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Christ in the Negro: Catholic Interracialism in Chicago, 1930-1968”
2011: D. Clinton Williams, Harvard University, “Righteous Politics in the Black Metropolis: Religion and Urban Space in Postwar Chicago”
2011: M. Scott Heerman, University of Maryland, “The Nations of this Continent: Slavery and Making the American Republic in the Mississippi Valley, 1730-1840”
2011: Steven Barleen, Northern Illinois University, “‘The Working Man Does not Need to Be Told How to Live’: The War on the Saloon and the Shaping of Working-Class Identities, 1870-1920”
2010: Thomas Dorrance, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Old Friends and New Deals: Reconfiguring Local Politics in 1930s Chicago and Los Angeles”
2010: Melissa Hayes, Northern Illinois University, “Litigating Intimacy: The Legal Culture of Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Illinois”
2010: Ryan W. Keating, Fordham University, “‘Give Us War in Our Time’: America’s Irish Communities in the Civil War Era”
2010: Patrick A. Pospisek, Purdue University, “Galena, Illinois: The Rise and Fall of Frontier Urbanization in the American Midwest, 1820-1870”
2010: Barton Price, Florida State University, “Evangelical Periodicals and the Making of America’s Heartland in the Nineteenth Century”
2010: Alonzo M. Ward, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Before the Flood: African Americans and the Labor Movement in Illinois, 1865-1915”
2009: Shannon Smith Bennett, Indiana University, “A Different Civil War: Rioting in the Lower Midwest, 1860-1890”
2009: Mimi Cowan, Boston College, “Immigrants, Nativists, and the Making of Gilded Age Chicago”
2009: Daniel Peart, University College London, “Popular Engagement with Politics in the United States During the Early 1820s”
2009: Kerry L. Pimblott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Soul Power: Black Power and African-American Christianity in Cairo, Illinois, 1967-1974”
2009: Felicity M. Turner, Duke University, “Narrating Infanticide: Constructing the Modern Gendered State in Nineteenth-Century America”
2008: Stephen A. Martin, University of Oklahoma, “Native Diaspora: Shawnee and Delaware Communities in the Mississippi Valley, 1779-1825”
2008: Matthew T. Popovich, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Boundaries of Progress: The Politics of Urban Annexation and the Anti-Annexation, 1870-1930”
2007: Megan Birk, Purdue University, “At the Mercy of the State: Rural Child Welfare Institutes, 1865-1910”
2007: Marc Dluger, Loyola University Chicago, “A Regimental Community: The Men of the 82nd Illinois Infantry Regiment Before, During, and After the American Civil War”
2007: Keith Erekson, Indiana University, “When People Do History: Indiana’s ‘Lincoln Inquiry’ and the Practice of History in America”
2007: Julilly Kohler-Hausmann, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “The Rise of a Punishing Logic: The Punitive Turn in American Social Policy, 1968-1980”
2007: Jason Kozlowski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Will Globalization Play in Peoria? Class, Race and Nation in the Global Economy, 1948-1998”
2007: Michael Rosenow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Injuries to All: The Rituals of Dying and the Politics of Death among Workers, 1877-1924”
2007: Matthew Sherman, Saint Louis University, “Presidential Assassinations: The Failure to Protect Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley”
2007: David Spatz, University of Chicago, “Expressways and the Transformation of Metropolitan Chicago, 1939-1973”
2006: Thomas Bahde, University of Chicago, “Race and Justice in the Heartland: Three Nineteenth-Century Lives”
2006: Will Cooley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Holding the Line: Status, Race and the Middle Class on Chicago’s Southside, 1945-1983”
2006: Bryan Nicholson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “The Price of Americanism: Youth, U.S. Nationalism, and the American Legion, 1935-1970”
2006: John Reda, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Joining the Union: Land, Race, and Sovereignty in the Illinois Country, 1763-1824”
2006: Joshua Salzmann, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Safe Harbor: Chicago’s Waterfront and the Political Economy of the Built Environment, 1877-1920”
2005: Rene Luis Alvarez, University of Pennsylvania, “Minority Education in the Urban Midwest: Mexican Immigrants and Mexican Americans in Chicago, 1920-1990”
2005: John A. Ayabe, Saint Louis University, “Evangelicals and the Antimission Crisis: A Study of Religious Identity in the Central Mississippi Valley, 1820-1840”
2005: Denise R. Johnson, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, “GI Jane Remembered: Central Illinois Women Who Served Their Country During World War II”
2005: Stacy Pratt McDermott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “A Legal Conduit of Community Power: Grand and Petit Jury Service in Antebellum Midwest”
2005: Sarah Rose, University of Illinois at Chicago, “No Right to Be Idle: Work, Citizenship, and the Invention of Disability, 1880-1930”
2005: Anne Stephenson, University of Chicago, “Rebuilding Bungalows: Home Improvement and the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative”
2004: Kenya Davis-Hayes, Purdue University, “Lessons of Place: A Case Study on the Creation of Physical and Curricular Segregation, 1910-1920”
2004: Cheryl Hudson, Vanderbilt University, “Making the Modern Citizen: Political Culture in Chicago, 1890-1930”
2004: Dana Weiner, Northwestern University, “Racial Radicals, Principles Enacted: The Struggle Against Inequality, Prejudice, and Slavery, 1829-1870”
2003: Jennifer Harbour, University of Iowa, “Shining in the Shadow of Men and War: African-American Women’s “Philanthropy and Political Culture in Civil War Chicago and St. Louis, 1863-1870”
2003: Michael D. Innis-Jimenez, University of Iowa, “Persisting in the Shadow of Steel: Community Formation and Survival in Mexican South Chicago, 1919-1939”
2003: Christopher E. Jaffe, Northern Illinois University, “‘Us and Them’: The Changing Boundaries of Acceptance and Exclusion for Incoming Ethnic Religious, and Racial Groups in Rockford, Illinois, 1880-1945”
2003: Robert M. Morrissey, Yale University, “Bottomlands, Borderlands: Empire and Identity in the Eighteenth Century Illinois Country”
2003: Emily B. Zuckerman, Rutgers University at New Brunswick, “EEOC v. Sears”
2002: Sarah Boyle, State University of New York at Binghamton, “‘Creating a Union of the Union’: The Place of Regionalism in the Development of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, 1880-1900”
2002: Steve Burnett, Carnegie Mellon University, “‘Cheat You Fair’: Maxwell Street and Chicago’s Working Poor, 1912-1968”
2002: Linda Carlisle, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, “Elizabeth Packard and Boundaries of Gender, Religion and Sanity in Nineteenth Century America”
2002: Cheryl Ganz, University of Illinois at Chicago “A Century of Progress: The 1933 Chicago World’s Fair”
2002: Steve Hageman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “‘This is a Terrible Thing’: Race, Class, and Gender on Chicago’s Southwest Side, 1950-1970”
2002: Michael T.M. McCoyer, Northwestern University, “Mestizaje Meets the Color Line: Mexicans and Racial Formation in the Chicago-Calumet Region, 1917-1960”
2002: Caroline Rolland-Diamond, Universite De Paris 1 (The Sorbonne), “Student Activism in Chicago in the Vietnam War Era, 1965-1973”
2002: Michael Sherfy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Narrating Black Hawk: Constructing and Reconstructing a Native American Historical Subject, 1832-2002”
2001: Pamela L. Baker, University of Illinois at Chicago, “The National Road and the Promise of Improvement, 1802-1841”
2001: Susan Roth Breitzer, University of Iowa, “Class, Ethnicity, and Community: The Jewish Labor Movement of Chicago, 1886-1928”
2001: Lionel Kimble, Jr., University of Iowa, “Combating the City of Neighborhoods: Employment, Housing, and Civil Rights in Chicago, 1940-1955”
2001: Matthew R. Lindaman, University of Kansas, “Heimat in the Heartland: A Trans-Atlantic German Migration”
2001: Russell McClintock, Clark University, “Response to Secession: Northern Political Culture and the Crisis of the Union, 1860-1861”
2001: Paula J. Anders McNally, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, “Moral Education in One-Room Schools: Macoupin County as a Case Study, 1906-1940”
2001: Robert M. Owens, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Mr. Jefferson’s Hammer: William Henry Harrison, the Hoosiers, and the Primacy of Indian Policy in the Early Republic”
2001: Jennifer L. Weber, Princeton University, “The Civil War and Northern Society”
2000: Rachael Bohlmann, University of Iowa, “Drunken Husbands, Drunken State: The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union’s Remaking of American Families and Public Communities in Chicago, 1874-1933”
2000: Jeffrey A. Brune, University of Washington, “Agrarian Vestiges: Rural Migrants and the Rise of Chicago, 1871-1929”
2000: Jonathan S. Coit, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “The Discourse of Racial Violence: Race, Gender, Politics and Crime in Chicago, 1914-1923”
2000: Sean Harris, University of Illinois at Chicago, “From Moral Healing to Mental Hygiene: The Commitment, Institutionalization, and Aftercare of the Mentally Ill in Illinois from 1870-1930”
2000: Daniel J. Lerner, Michigan State University, “Visions of a Sporting City: ‘Shadowball’ and Black Chicago, 1890-1955”
2000: Alan G. Shackford, Indiana University, “The American Bottom, Crossroads of Early America”
2000: Peter J. Ufland, University of Illinois at Chicago, “The Politics of Race in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, 1864-1890”
1999: Mark A. Cyr, Washington University, “‘The Valley of Shadows’: Religion, Law and Politics in Antebellum Illinois”
1999: Andrew J. Diamond, University of Michigan, “Hoodlums, Rebels, and Vice Lords: Youth Gangs and the Politics of Race in Chicago, 1919-1973”
1999: Elizabeth Green, Northern Illinois University, “Unraveling a Pastime: Needlework and Needlework Literature, 1870-1910”
1999: Elisa Miller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Education for What? Home Economics, Woman, and American Higher Education, 1890-1935”
1999: Timothy B. Neary, Loyola University Chicago, “Crossing Parochial Boundaries: African-Americans and Interracial Catholic Social Action in Chicago, 1919-1954”
1999: Oleta Prinsloo, University of Missouri-Columbia, “The Case of ‘the Dyed-in-the-Wool Abolitionists’ in Marion County, Missouri in the early 1840s: An Examination of a Slaveholding Community’s Response to Radical Abolitionism”
1999: Nicole Ranganath, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Wedding Women to Tradition: Marriage in the South Asian Diaspora 1965-1990”
1998: Brian S. Deason, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, “Eye of the Storm: A Political Biography of Senate Majority Leader Scott W. Lucas”
1998: Dawn Rae Flood, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Hard to Prove: Victims in Chicago Rape Trials, 1926-1966”
1998: D. Bradford Hunt, University of California at Berkeley, “What Went Wrong with Public Housing? Federal Policymaking and Local Implementation in Chicago, 1934-1980”
1998: Michael D. Jacobs, Marquette University, “Catholic Response to the Ku Klux Klan Incursion into the Midwest, 1921-1928”
1998: Charles Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State University, “The History of African Americans in East St. Louis, Illinois circa 1914-1945”
1998: John F. Lyons, University of Illinois at Chicago, “The Chicago Teachers Union and the Schools, 1937-1980”
1998: Lisa Gail Materson, University of California at Los Angeles, “African American Women’s Involvement in Electoral Politics, 1913-1936”
1998: Chandra M. Miller, Harvard University, “Motivations and Attitudes of Union and Confederate Soldiers in the Civil War”
1998: Stephen J. Provasnik, University of Chicago, “The Quest for Perfection: The Making of the School and the State, 1870-1920”
1998: Mark R. Wilson, University of Chicago, “The Business of Civil War and the Transformation of Political Economy: The Midwest and the Union, 1848-1877”
1997: Michael J. Bennett, St. Louis University, “Bluecoats Afloat: The Common Union Soldier of the American Civil War”
1997: Wallace Best, Northwestern University, “‘Passionately Human, No Less Divine’: Racial Ideology and Religious Culture in the Black Churches of Chicago, 1915-1955”
1997: Tracey A. Deutsch, University of Wisconsin at Madison, “The Politics of Mass Consumption: Gender, Retailing, and the State, 1920-1946”
1997: Rosemary Holz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “The Birth Control Clinic: Women, Planned Parenthood, and the Birth Control Manufacturing Industry, Illinois, 1930-1975”
1997: Lynnea Magnuson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “A Gendered Reading of Manifest Destiny”
1997: Doris Malkmus, University of Iowa, “Coeducation, Social Reconfiguration and the Settlement of Illinois”
1997: Wendy Plotkin, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Deeds of Mistrust: Race, Housing, and Restrictive Covenants in Chicago, 1900-1950”
1997: Mark Santow, University of Pennsylvania, “Saul Alinsky and the Crisis on American Democracy”
1997: Andrew B. Smith, University of California at Los Angeles, “Reels of Blood and Thunder: A History of the Chicago Western”
1997: Randi Jill Storch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Shades of Red: The Communist Party and Chicago’s Workers, 1928-1939”
1996: Bryon Andreasen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “‘As Good A Right to Pray’: Protestant Democrats on the Northern Civil War Home Front”
1996: Mara Dodge, University of Illinois at Chicago, “The Social Construction of Female Criminality: A History of Women’s Imprisonment in Illinois, 1860-1970”
1996: Suzanne Cooper Guasco, The College of William and Mary, “‘On the Alter of His Principles’: Edward Coles and the Crucible of Slavery”
1996: Caroline Waldron Merithew, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Prairie Immigrants: Class Formation, Racial Consciousness, and American Identity in the Illinois River Valley Coal Towns, 1894-1924”
1996: Rowena Olegario, Harvard University, “Credit and Society in Nineteenth-Century America
1996: Graham Peck, Northwestern University, “The Social and Cultural Origins of Sectional Politics: Illinois from Statehood to Civil War”
1996: Andrew C. Rieser, University of Wisconsin at Madison, “Origins of the Liberal Creed: Public Culture and Private Desire at Chautauqua, 1874-1919”
1996: Amada I. Seligman, Northwestern University, “Scaling Ghetto Walls: Race and Community on Chicago’s West Side, 1940-1970”

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