Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency

The Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency is a nine-month term-limited position that provides library professionals with substantive exposure to rare materials cataloguing. The residency is made possible by the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund, in memory of Nadia Sophie Seiler’s passion for books and libraries, with a goal of encouraging similar enthusiasm and expertise in the next generation of special collections librarians.

With training and mentorship provided by the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, the resident will create or enhance catalogue records for a wide range of special collections formats. The resident will also contribute to museum projects concerning description, curatorship, discovery, teaching, and outreach with the Center’s collections.

Cataloguing projects for this residency will be selected based on the resident’s interests and experience. Possibilities include the J. R. Abbey collection of color-plate books illustrated in aquatint and lithography; single-item manuscripts documenting British art, society, and culture; atlases and maps from the Paul Mellon Bequest; image collections, including photographs, prints, or sketchbooks; realia/3D objects; and small collections of archival material.

At the culmination of the term, the resident will present a public talk on a topic relevant to the substantive experience gained during his or her tenure. The resident will also receive funds to attend the annual conference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of ALA/ACRL.

Award Period

The 2022 residency will take place from June 2022 through February 2023.


Applications are now closed. Please check back in 2023.

For further information, contact the Rare Books and Manuscripts department at | +1 203 432 2815.