Mini-Grants to Members

Recent Mini-Grant Recipients and Their Projects


Neil Dukas for travel to AHA conference
Sharan Newman for Arabic books and translations
Cathy Robbins for research trip to Calabria
Margaret Simmons for illustration photos for book on Lilly Tosch


Louis Trager for copying and other expenses of research on Arthur J. Goldsmith and other mid-20th-century American foreign policy activists and organizations.


Dot Brovarney for the Alan Chadwick Legacy Project, oral histories of people who learned about French intensive and Biodynamic gardening from Chadwick in the 1960s and 70s. Originally requested for transcripts, the project evolved and the grant was approved for use in placing audio selections on the website.
Jim Shere for transcription of letters by members of the prominent George and Martha Watriss family, providing a fascinating first-hand account of daily life in San Francisco in the 1850s.
Carol Sicherman for transcriptions and translations of postcards in several languages sent to family members in Eastern Europe in 1905-18.


Ellen Huppert for travel to the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, to do research for her book, “In Their Own Words,” about some of her ancestors.
Steven Levi for travel to Southern California to examine the papers of Walton E. Cole, a Unitarian minister who opposed the national radio broadcasts of Father Charles Coughlin, the “Rush Limbaugh” of the 1930s.
Sharan Newman for travel to Washington University and the Missouri Historical Society to research the Eliot family.
Jackie Pels for research expenses related to commissioned poem for 200th anniversary of Fort Ross.


Elizabeth Thacker-Estrada for editing, images, and other expenses of finishing her biography of First Lady Abigail Powers Fillmore.
Jeanne Farr McDonnell for assembling documentation on Juana Briones House historic preservation efforts and attending State Office of Historic Preservation Council meeting.


Many of our members have received mini-grants from the Institute in aid of their history research. There is an annual deadline in the fall. Only Institute members are eligible. For more information, see Information for Mini-Grant Applicants. Download the application form here.