Apply Now: Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History

The Southern Labor Archives at the Georgia State University Library is now accepting applications for the 2017 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History. The application deadline is May 15, 2017.

One or more fellowship(s) of at least $250 are awarded annually to an individual/individuals whose research in the Southern Labor Archives will lead to a book, article, dissertation, or other substantive product. The recipient will make a presentation about his/her research to the Georgia State University community and the fellowship amount will be awarded thereafter.

Professors Merl E. Reed and Gary Fink were instrumental in the establishment, development, and use of the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University from the early 1970s. Today, the Southern Labor Archives has over 500 collections used by researchers from throughout the Southeast, the United States, and the world. Created in 2000, the Merl E. Reed Fellowship in Southern Labor History was named, at the urging of Dr. Fink, to honor Dr. Reed’s career and role in the founding of the Southern Labor Archives. After Dr. Fink passed away in 2008, Dr. Reed requested that the name be changed to honor Dr. Fink as well. Dr. Reed passed away in 2016. The Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History honors both men and their many contributions to education, labor studies, and the Southern Labor Archives.

Faculty, graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, and recognized independent scholars and artists are encouraged to apply.

To be considered for the 2017 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History, applicants should submit: 

  • The application form (available online);
  •  A statement of intent explaining proposed research, including scholarly significance and relevance to archival holdings. (250 words or less);
  •  A résumé or vita no longer than three pages.

All materials should be submitted by May 15, 2017. Applications and supporting materials are only accepted in electronic form. Please submit all required materials as a single .pdf document via e-mail to Traci Drummond at