Hart Melvin  Hart And Melvin

Dr. Virginia Hart and Dr. Robert Melvin in 2010 and 1959.

Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellowship

The Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellowship was named in honor of beloved former Mars Hill faculty members, Dr. Virginia Hart and Dr. Robert Melvin. It was made possible by the Mars Hill Class of 1960 and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fellowship supports a faculty-student team each year as they explore the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies' Southern Appalachian Archives. The faculty-student team then develops curriculum materials for use Mars Hill University classrooms and beyond. Potential faculty fellows can view the call for proposals here.

The Southern Appalachian Archives collections include materials addressing many aspects of mountain life. The collections include documents, photographs, sound recordings, and artifacts. They are especially rich for music and dance, religious life, and agriculture but contain important materials regarding other arenas such as craft traditions, foodways, transportation, and forest use. Strong Hart-Melvin Fellowship proposals addressing a variety of topics can certainly be developed using these collections.

Past Ramsey Center Faculty Research Fellows:

• Fall 2008 Phyllis Smith
o Cherokee collections focus
o LAA 221:   Civic Life. Core course, Liberal Arts in Action program; required for all students
o Student fellow Tyler Greene, History major

• Fall 2009 John Gripentrog
o James G.K. McClure “Farmers Federation” collection focus
o History 224:   U.S. Since 1865. Core history course, American Diversity connector
o Student fellow Amanda McMahan, History major

• Fall 2010 Carol Boggess
o Bascom Lamar Lunsford ballad collection focus
o English 111:  Expository Essay.  Core English course, required for all students
o Student fellow Kristina Blackford, English major

• Fall 2011 Marc Mullinax
o Lord’s Acre and Baptist collections focus
o Religion 343:  Religion in Appalachia.  Regional Studies, Religion
o Student fellow Jordon Crawford, Zoology major

• Fall 2012 Joel Reed
o Shaped-note music collections focus
o Music 468:  Ballads, Folksongs and Christian Harmony Singing in the Southern Mountains.  Regional Studies, Music
o Student fellow Andrew Hebert, Voice major

• Fall 2013 Becky Cody
o Hooked rug collection focus
o Apparel and Interior Merchandising 125:  Decorative and Wearable Arts.  Apparel and Interior Merchandising program
o Student fellow Hillary Gambrell, Apparel and Interior Merchandising major

• Fall 2014 Jonna Kwiatkowski
o Creativity focus, using Oral History, Byard Ray Festival, James G.K. McClure Farmers Federation collections
o Psychology 310:  Intelligence and Creativity
o Student fellow Amethyst Strivelli, Art Therapy major

• Fall 2015 Pauline Johnson
o North Carolina History focus; course materials produced available here.
o History 202:  North Carolina History and Government
o Student fellow Roman Blevins, History major seeking Secondary Social Studies licensure

• Fall 2016 Brandon Johnson
o Appalachian Music focus
o Regional Studies 344: Creative Traditions in Southern Appalachia
o Student fellow Ian Kirkpatrick, Political Science and International Studies major, History and Regional Studies minor