Lynn E. May, Jr., Study Grants
The Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Council of Seminary
Presidents, SBC, sponsors a program whereby funds are made available
for partial support of research in the Southern Baptist Historical Library
and Archives. The grants provide a maximum of $750. The grants are
memory of Lynn E. May, Jr., who served as Executive Director of the Historical
Commission from 1971 to 1995 and who was instrumental in the establishment
of the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives. The following
information will be of interest to those who desire to apply for financial
Complete our online Grant Application
- Limited funds are available for partial support to those doing extensive
research in the field of Baptist history whose major sources of information
are found in the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives. Graduate
students, college and seminary professors, historians, and other writers
- The applicant should state clearly the research topic and chronological
period to be covered in the study. In addition, the applicant should
state whether the research project is for a degree program, or whether
it is a project for the preparation of a monograph, or a manuscript
being prepared for publication.
- The applicant should indicate the length of research time to be spent
at the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives and a list of
possible resources for study (names of Baptist publications, archival
- The research project should involve critical study in historical resource
materials and should not be based on a study of data gathered by a survey
or a questionnaire. The degree of dependence on the unique resources
of the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives will be of special
interest in determining the qualifications.
- The applicant should include reasons why financial assistance is needed
(travel costs, photocopying, clerical assistance, etc.). Funds will
be dispersed to the grantee after costs have been incurred. The grantee
will file an expense report for travel and research costs and receive
reimbursement for expenses up to the amount of the grant.
- The letter of application should be addressed to Bill Sumners, Director
of the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, 901 Commerce
Street, Suite 400, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-3630.
- Application should be submitted before April 1 of each year.
- Recipients of grants must agree to place in the Southern Baptist Historical
Library and Archives a copy of their dissertation, monograph, or other
document developed from the research project which the grant has helped
to fund. The deadline for the document to be submitted to the Director
of the Library and Archives is twenty-four months after the grant is
paid, unless an extension is granted. If after three years the document
has not been submitted, or an extension approved by the Director, the
grant will be considered a LOAN and repayment with 8% interest per annum
will be expected.
- The Director of the Library and Archives shall review annually the
status of all grants, and notify recipients (who after two years have
not submitted a copy of their study) about the deadline of one year
left to meet this requirement before the grant would have to be repaid
as a loan. Deadline extensions can be granted by the Director when requested
to allow a recipient time required to complete his/her project.
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