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   Cecilia L. Johnson Grant for Visiting Graduate Scholars

The Cecilia L. Johnson Grant provides funds for graduate student researchers who wish to come to the University of Florida to work in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida.

Application is open to all graduate students at higher institutions of learning, with special attention to students coming from a distance. Awards are for $1000. Researchers are required to spend at least one week (five working days) on the University of Florida campus making use of materials in Special Collections at the George A. Smathers Library.

Preference will be given to students who are currently working on an article, thesis, or book dealing with some aspect of Florida history, or in which Florida is a major component of research. All applications will be reviewed by a judging panel composed of archivists and historians at the University of Florida.

Congratulations to recipients:


Robert Hutchings (Carnegie Mellon) for research on his dissertation Agriculture, Environment, and the Transformation of the Florida Orange Industry in the Twenieth Century. Hutchings is currently an assistant visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon.

Diane M. Boucher(Clark University) for research in support of her dissertation about colonial Fernandina, Florida. Boucher was awarded her doctorate in 2014 for her dissertation Networks and Empires in the Maritime Borderlands: East Florida, 1763-1811.


Cameron Strang (University of Texas, Austin) for research on scientific knowledge on the Florida frontier. His article "Indian Storytelling, Scientific Knowledge, and Power in the Florida Borderlands," William and Mary Quarterly, October 2013, won the Richard L. Morton Award. Strang is an assistant professor in history at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Clark Barwick (Indiana University, Bloomington) for research on Zora Neale Hurston and Florida jukes. Barwick is a lecturer in the Kelley School of Business, University of Indiana.


Christopher Wilhelm (Florida State University) for research on the creation of Everglades National Park. Wilhelm is an assistant professor of history at Coastal College of Georgia.

Jonathan DeCoster (Brandeis University) for research on early colonial alliances and rivalries among the native peoples of Flordia. DeCoster is an assistant professor of colonial and early American history at Otterbein University, Ohio.

At this point in time, the library is working on a renewal of funding for this research grant, which was last awarded in 2011. For general information on how to apply see the Application Instructions or contact James Cusick at The University of Florida gratefully acknowledges friends and family of Cecilia L. Johnson for their support of this award for graduate research, and especially those who contributed in memory of Joshua C. Johnson.

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