The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

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Library Company of Philadelphia Francis Johnson Fellowships

Francis Johnson Fellowships: Applications due March 1

Calling all performing artists, musicians, actors, visual artists, and other creative scholars and practitioners! America’s oldest cultural institution, the Library Company of Philadelphia welcomes applications for a new grant that seeks to engage our African American history collections critically and creatively.

The newly-launched Francis Johnson Fellowships will support two fellows—one creative practitioner and one academic humanist—who will delve into the compositions of one of the most popular black composers prior to the American Civil War, Francis Johnson.

These fellows will be encouraged to collaborate as they explore a manuscript book of 80 compositions (many unpublished) as well as other printed materials held at both the Library Company and at the Kislak Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Each Francis Johnson Fellow will receive a stipend of $5000 to support research this summer; a $2500 research fund to be defined by the fellow and program director; travel expenses (up to $500); and lodging at the Library Company’s Cassatt House residence for four to eight weeks.

To apply, email a proposal (no more than 1000 words) plus a preliminary budget and timeline, resume, or c.v., and one letter of reference to by March 1.

For more information, visit the Francis Johnson Fellowship webpage ( or email Will Fenton at

Reminder – Call for Nominees: Mid-Atlantic Vice Chair and Treasurer

The Mid-Atlantic chapter is still seeking nominees (including self-nominations) for two ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Board positions: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect and Treasurer, to begin in January 2021. Serving as an officer is a great way to contribute to the Chapter, build leadership skills, and meet and develop relationships with wonderful art library colleagues in the Mid-Atlantic area.

(Please note: The Chapter is currently considering sponsorship of Chapter and ARLIS/NA membership dues for any incoming elected member Vice Chair/Chair Elect and Treasurer for 2021 who is currently unemployed. A decision will be made in the next few days.)

Vice Chair/Chair Elect (2 years)

This is a three year position, and the Vice Chair will automatically assume the position of Chair in their second year of service followed by a concluding year as Immediate Past Chair.

Vice Chair duties are as follows: 

  • The Vice Chair acts as chief executive officer in the event that the Chair is unable to serve, assists with meeting programming, keeps meeting minutes, and automatically serves as Chair the following year.
  • The Chair acts as chief executive officer of the Chapter.
  • With the assistance of the Vice-Chair and Treasurer, the Chair plans the activities of the Chapter, communicates about meetings, serves as chair of all special project committees, submits the annual report and otherwise liaises with officers and committees of the national association, and shall automatically become the Immediate Past Chair in the following year.

Treasurer (2 years)

The Treasurer shall be responsible for all documents and correspondence regarding membership and handle all financial accounts of the Chapter. The Treasurer will also oversee membership accounts, new and renewals. The Treasurer will serve a term of two years.


To qualify for these positions, one must be 2020/2021 members of the chapter and the society. The elected officers should make every effort to attend the society’s annual conference. Students are also eligible to serve (keeping in mind the three year term of service).

To nominate yourself or another chapter member, or if you have questions about the role, please email the chapter chairs, Jennifer Page ( and Cathryn Copper (

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