1) Get a passport if you don't already have one. Be sure to allow
for processing time. For more information, consult the U.S. Postal
Application Information Page.
2) Read through the following guides for advice on accommodation
3) Do research on the English libraries and collections you intend
to work in (see the Research Section below)
4) Apply for the Kirkland Travel Grant (see the Funding Section
5) Get a faculty member to write you a letter of introduction (make
a lot of copies of the letter to bring with you). I also recommend
having one specifically for the British Library and the Bodleian.
- The Kirkland Travel Grant:
As a graduate student working in Victorian Studies, you can apply
for a Kirkland Travel grant for any research trip you need for
your dissertation. Of course, this money is especially useful
when planning a long term stay in a foreign country. This money
awarded independent of Kirkland Fellowship (i.e. you can get both
or only one of them). During Spring Semester, a call for applications
will be made via the grad listserv. The awards vary amount and
can be as large as $4,500.
If you get the award, be sure to save your reciepts from your
book purchases throughout the year and BL copying because you
can deduct them from the grant money (and any other fellowship
money you may recieve that year) on your taxes. You can deduct
this money for your research because the classes you are technically
taking as a Ph.D. student are directed research (i.e. these materials
are required for your classes). For more information, consult
Publication 520: Scholarships and Fellowships.
When you apply for the grant, you will need to submit your dissertation
prospectus, a letter of support from your director, a letter explaining
why you need to travel (i.e. your research plans), and a budget
explaining why you need the amount of money you have requested.
Remember to take into account the exchange rate between the dollar
and the pound (I found this online currency converter very helpful:
Below are the letter and budget I submitted, so you can get an
idea of what you need do:
Hager's Kirkland Travel Grant Letter
Hager's Kirkland Travel Grant Budget
- CLAS Graduate Travel Grants:
These grants of $250 are awarded every semester. The department
graduate coordinator announces them on the grad list, so keep
an eye out for the email. The application form is available on
the web at http://www.clas.ufl.edu/dean/forms.
Student Council Travel Grants:
These grants of $250 are awarded throughout the year. To ensure
that you get one, apply early in the term.
- English Department Travel Funds:
As a Ph.D. student you can use your departmental travel money
to fund research trips. This is a great way to pay for your airfare
and get a little money towards your everyday expenses. You apply
by filling out the standard departmental travel form.
for European Studies Graduate Student Travel Grant: The grants
of up to $1,000 each are designed to assist UF graduate students
with travel to Europe to pursue intensive language study, dissertation
research, or to present a work at a scholarly conference or workshop.
Grantees should be advised that they will be reimbursed for costs
incurred during the trip (within the amount of the award) upon
their return, with the exception of trans-Atlantic plane tickets
which must be purchased directly by the CES. These grants are
offered bi-annually. (qtd. from their website)
Manuscript Union Lists:
The location registers tell you the location of a particular author's
manuscript materials, which includes everything from agreements
with publishers to literary manuscripts, and the call numbers of
the items .
- Location register of English literary manuscripts and letters,
eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Ed. David C. Sutton.
London: British Library, 1995. PR441 .L621 1995.
- Location register of twentieth-century English literary manuscripts
and letters: a union list of papers of modern English, Irish,
Scottish, and Welsh authors in the British Isles. Boston,
MA: G.K. Hall, 1988. PR471 .L621 1988.
National Archives --- The National Archives, which covers
England, Wales and the United Kingdom, was formed in April 2003
by bringing together the Public Record Office and the Historical
Manuscripts Commission. It is responsible for looking after the
records of central government and the courts of law, and making
sure everyone can look at them. The collection is one of the largest
in the world and spans an unbroken period from the 11th century
to the present day. (qtd. from their website)
- COPAC --
This British union list will tell you the location of particular
works, like novels and newspapers. The server can be slow during
peak usage hours.
With all of these libraries (except for the BL), you should
always contact the appropriate librarian well in advance of visit
to reserve both the materials you want to look at and space for
yourself in the library.
- The Bodleian
Library at Oxford University -- The Bodleian's catalogs are
online and relatively easy use. For most Victorian manuscripts,
search the On-line Catalogues of Western Manuscripts.
- The British Library
-- You want to start first with the Integrated Catalog. However,
the Manuscripts and Newspaper Catalogs are still separate, so
you will have search them individually. Pay special attention
to the "Getting a Reader's Pass" page so that you don't
have any problems when you arrive at the library.
National Art Library -- The National Art Library is a major
public reference library, as well as being the Victoria and Albert
Museum's curatorial department for the art, craft and design of
the book. The library's strength lies in the range and depth of
its holdings of documentary material concerning the fine and decorative
arts of many countries and periods. (qtd. from their website)
- The University
of Cambridge Libraries -- Although the main university library
does have a vast collection, most of the really interesting archive
materials are housed in the libraries of the individual colleges
that make up the University. You will need to contact the librarians
of each of these colleges to make an appointment to do research.
However, Cambridge does have a union catalog, called Janus, that
allows you to search all the colleges' manuscript collections
at once. It can be found on the library website.
Library -- The Women's Library houses the most extensive collection
of women's history in the UK. To search their collections, use
the online catalog on their website.