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Alumni News: Class Years 1990-1999

Phillips (90) Awarded Research Fellowship

Monday, January 5, 2009   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristy Collins
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Dr. Philip Edward Phillips (90), was awarded a 2008-2009 Mary Catherine Mooney Research Fellowship by the Boston Athenæum in support of a book project on Edgar Allan Poe and Boston. The grant, which provides a stipend of $1,500 for a residency of twenty days, supports the use of the Athenæum's collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects.

The Boston Athenæum, one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries in the United States, was founded in 1807. The library contains over 600,000 volumes with important holdings in the fields of Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts. Special collections include one of the largest concentrations of Confederate States imprints in the United States, eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British and American tracts and pamphlets, broadsides, early Boston newspapers, archives and manuscripts, and printed ephemera relating to the nineteenth-century Boston stage. The Charles E. Mason, Jr. Print Room houses an outstanding collection of nineteenth-century New England topographical and commercial advertising prints, architectural drawings and photographs, and examples of the work of early Boston studio photographers.

Dr. Phillips earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1996. He is currently associate professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, where he serves as the Director of Graduate Admissions in English. His major publications include John Milton's Epic Invocations (2000) and New Directions in Boethian Studies (2007). He and his family live in Franklin.

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