Bibliographical Society

2024 Battestin Fellows Named

     The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia announces the winners of its twelfth round of Battestin Fellowships.  These fellowships are named in honor of Martin Battestin, a former distinguished professor of English at UVA, and his wife Ruthe, a literary scholar and honorary member of the Society’s Council.  The aim of the fellowships is to provide summer support for research by UVa graduate students who are working on bibliographical or textual projects in the libraries at UVa. This year five fellowships, each amounting to $3500, have been awarded.    

The winners and the titles of their projects are as follows:

Matthew Blake Farwell, “Building the Mighty Wurlitzer—Frank Wisner, the Central Intelligence Agency and the University of Virginia”

Spencer Grayson, “UVA MSS. 9202: Sir Robert Rich and Colonial Logics of the Archives”

Marissa J. Kessenich, “Rhetorics of Recovery: Counter-Historical Reading and Locating Sally Hemings’s Archive”

Cy F. March, “Following the Trace: Tracking Poetic Beginnings & Play in the Journals of Morgan Lucas Schuldt”

Annyston H. Pennington, “Analyzing the Elegiac Artist Book”

2024 Battestin Fellows, left to right, Cy March, Marissa Kessenich, Spencer Grayson, and Matthew Farwell. Not pictured, Annyston Pennington.

The Selection Committee consisted of Michael F. Suarez (professor of English and director of Rare Book School at UVA), G. Thomas Tanselle (past-president of the Bibliographical Society of UVA), and David Whitesell (former curator in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVA and a member of the Society’s Council).