NARA Coast to Coast: Announcing the 2011 National Archives Regional Residency Fellowship Recipients

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I am happy to announce the 2011 recipients of the National Archives Regional Residency Fellowship. This new program, with the generous support of the Foundation for the National Archives provides the fellows a unique opportunity to conduct original research utilizing the holdings of the National Archives location by which they were selected. Although their research is intended to result in the publication of a scholarly product, they will certainly make one more discovery – that you don’t have to visit Washington, DC to do research at the National Archives.

Listed below are the 2011 National Archives Regional Residency Fellowship recipients by National Archives location followed by a brief description of their research topic and background. For more information about the National Archives Regional Residency Fellowship program and this year’s recipients, please visit

Congratulations to this year’s National Archives Regional Residency Fellowship recipients!

Meaghan Donahue, National Archives at Atlanta

Meaghan Donahue’s research topic is “Oak Ridge, Tennessee: Becoming a Normal City,” the story of how Oak Ridge goes from the Manhattan Project “secret city” to a civilian municipality. Using the Records of the Atomic Energy Commission (RG 326), she will start her research with the records of the Manhattan Engineering District, specifically the records of Roane Anderson Corporation. Meghan Donahue is in the process of completing her Master’s in Public History from the University of West Georgia (May 2011).

Kelli McCoy, National Archives at Chicago

Kelli McCoy’s research topic is on the Mann Act prosecutions in Chicago. Kelli will be researching the Records of the US District Courts (RG 21) to identify Criminal Case Files from the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (Chicago) that involved prosecutions of the Mann Act from 1910 through the 1930s. Kelli McCoy is an Assistant Professor of History at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. She received her PhD in history from the University of California, San Diego.

Anthony E. Carlson, National Archives at Kansas City

Anthony E. Carlson’s research topic will expand his PhD dissertation which evaluates American wetlands policy from the American Revolution to the New Deal. He plans to utilize numerous records at the National Archives at Kansas City relating to drainage and levee districts, including an examination of drainage issues on Native American lands. The record groups that Anthony will focus his research on are Records of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (RG 22), Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 75), Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers (RG 77), and Records of the Soil Conservation Service (RG 114). Anthony E. Carlson received his PhD in history from the University of Oklahoma in 2010.

Wayne Bodle, National Archives at Philadelphia

Wayne Bodle’s research topic is “Bullion and Bureaus: A 1795 Silver Crisis at the United States Mint” His research will focus on the Records of the US Mint (RG 104) from the 1790s and early 1800s in order to unravel the story of the early U.S. Mint and its ties to the early Federal government, commerce, diplomacy, and wartime France. Bodle received his doctorate in American History at the University of Pennsylvania and has been teaching at Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 1998.

Keala Hagmann, The National Archives at Seattle

Keala Hagmann will be using tens of thousands of forest inventory “tally sheets” from records of the Klamath Indian Agency, which represent rare quantitative descriptions of historical forest structure and composition. She will concentrate her research in the records of the Klamath Indian Agency and the Portland Area Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 75). Keala Hagmann is a graduate student at the School of Forest Resources, College of the Environment, University of Washington.

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  1. Their topics sounds so interesting. I don’t know if this is possible, but it would be great to hear from each of the Fellowship recipients about what they find in the records.

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