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Call for Papers: Inaugural Undergraduate Essay Contest – Spring 2013

Posted by: whitneyal | January 14, 2013 | No Comment |

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Inaugural Undergraduate Essay Contest – Spring 2013

The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is now accepting essays for its 2013 Undergraduate Essay Contest.  The essay, no less than five (5) pages and no more than seven (7) pages, must focus on any of the processed collections at the Avery Research Center, such as (but not limited to) Avery Research Center Oral History Collection; the Septima P. Clark Collection; or the Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. Papers.  Students may contact Avery Research Center staff for suggestions on other collections to research.  Essays are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 8, 2013. All essays will be judged on a fifty (50) point scale and winners will be announced on April 5, 2013. Winners will be invited to a luncheon where they will discuss their research and receive their reward. All recipients will be featured in the spring edition of the Avery Messenger.


  • First Place:  $200
  • Second Place:  $100
  • Third Place:  $50


  • Must pertain to Avery Research Center processed collections
  • Must be between five (5) and seven (7) pages and typed, double spaced, with one-inch margins in MS Word
  • Must conform to the Chicago/Turabian formatting style for scholarly papers
  • Papers must be submitted by March 8, 2013 by 11:59 p.m. to Processing Archivist, Georgette Mayo (mayog@cofc.edu)

Please include the following information on your COVER SHEET ONLY:

  • Name
  • Class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior)
  • Mailing Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Email Address
  • Faculty Advisor

DO NOT include the above information on any subsequent pages of the essay.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Overall Impression (0–10)
  • Historical Accuracy (0–10)
  • Clarity of Argument (0–10)
  • Quality of Scholarship/Use of Collections (0–10)
  • Quality of Writing (0–10)

Contact Avery Research

Phone: 843-953-7609

   D.L. Calhoun II                                            Georgette Mayo                                             Ardra Whitney

Graduate Assistant                                      Processing Archivist                                            IMLS Fellow

calhoundl@g.cofc.edu                                   mayog@cofc.edu                                    whitneyal@cofc.edu

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