Wolfsonian-FIU Fellowship Program
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is a museum and research
center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture.
The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is on North American and European
decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic
design of the period 1885-1945. The collection includes works on paper
(including posters, prints and design drawings), furniture, paintings,
sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and
many other kinds of objects. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately
50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items.
The Wolfsonian has significant resources for the study of American culture
and politics. The Wolfsonian’s holdings of material from American world’s
fairs, including publications, ephemera and objects, is among the richest
and broadest anywhere in the country. Both the Arts & Crafts movement and
industrial design in the US are well-represented by objects and rare
publications. The Wolfsonian, in addition, has many objects – including
fine arts, ceramics, textiles, posters, prints, and mural studies for
public buildings – produced under the auspices of New Deal agencies.
Other collection strengths include propaganda from the First and Second
World Wars; publications relating to the physical culture movement in the
US; rare books and journals about decorative arts, architecture, and city
planning; graphic art and illustration from the American left; travel
advertising, especially for railroads; trade catalogs; and several
collections of architectural plans and renderings.
The Wolfsonian’s library has a large collection of publications relating to
the physical culture movement in the United States. These include fitness
and nudist magazines, advertisements for health resorts, and books about
exercise, nutrition, and health.
Besides material from the United States, the Wolfsonian also has extensive
holdings from the Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. There
are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of
other countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, the
former Soviet Union and Hungary.
Fellowships are intended to support full-time research, generally for a
period of three to five weeks. The program is open to holders of master’s
or doctoral degrees, Ph.D. candidates, and to others who have a significant
record of professional achievement in relevant fields. Applicants are
encouraged to discuss their project with the Fellowship Coordinator prior
to submission to ensure the relevance of their proposals to the
The application deadline is December 31, for residency during the 2014-2015