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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

Applications Closed

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are now closed.

Check back in March 2019 for project descriptions and application forms for the 2019-2020 academic year.

2018-2019 Projects: Artwork of the Grateful Dead

Artwork and Material Culture of the Grateful Dead



One CART Fellow will organize, describe, and preserve the Artwork series of the Grateful Dead Records, and collaboratively curate an exhibit. This series contains striking visual materials created by numerous professional and amateur artists; some gifted to the Grateful Dead, some created by the band members themselves, and some created for albums and other projects by the Grateful Dead. The series includes over 80 linear feet of framed items and boxed material, and covers a variety of artists, media, and formats.

This project requires a multiple quarter commitment. During Summer or Fall quarter of 2018, the CART Fellow will aid in the proper storage, preservation, and organization of artwork, and complete an inventory for publication in the collection guide. In 2019, in collaboration with Special Collections staff, the Fellow will collaboratively curate an exhibit in the Library’s gallery space, Dead Central, featuring materials from the Artwork series and other components of the collections. This exhibit will be on view for one year, from June 2019 to May 2020. Since there is a significant curatorial component for this project, the stipend offered after this exhibit’s completion will be higher than that for the Trianon Press Archive exhibit.

CART fellowships are open to all PhD students. For this project, graduate students with experience and/or interest in art curation and exhibition, as well as research interests in American history, museum studies, material and visual culture, history of art, music, and popular culture are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Grateful Dead Archive, consult the UCSC Grateful Dead Archive website and the Grateful Dead research guide, and visit the Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO).


Photos of Dead Central exhibit space

2018-2019 Projects: Trianon Press Archive

Trianon Press Archive



Up to 4 CART Fellows will process the archives of the Trianon Press, a publisher of exceptional art and fine-press books founded by Arnold Fawcus in Paris, which operated from the mid-1940s through the 1980s. Most known for its close relationship with the William Blake Trust and its production of fine facsimiles of Blake’s illuminated works, Trianon Press also produced publications such as Le Dur Desir de Durer by Paul Éluard, with illustrations by Marc Chagall; The Haggadah for Passover, illustrated by Ben Shahn; Sur Marcel Duchamp by Robert Lebel; Gislebertus, Sculptor of Autun; Les Baigneuses by Paul Cézanne, with text by Jean Cassou; and Miserere by Georges Roualt. To make Trianon’s virtually indistinguishable facsimiles, Fawcus employed two intricate techniques in the printing process: collotype, a photographic printing process using light-sensitive sheets of gelatin; and pochoir, a stencil process used to hand color the collotype prints, which sometimes involved as many as 42 individually applied layers to produce a single plate.

The full Archive contains over 500 boxes of materials from the Press, including stencils, negatives, maquettes, plates, and other materials from the entire printing and production process up to the final publication, for both completed and uncompleted projects. Also included are correspondence with authors and artists such as Aldous Huxley, Robert Graves, Marcel Duchamp, and Ben Shahn; business records; craftsmen’s color notes and time sheets; and photographs.

During Summer, Fall, or Winter quarter, fellows will aid in the proper storage and preservation of these works and describe materials in a collection guide, then curate an exhibit in the Special Collections 3rd floor gallery space during Spring quarter. This exhibit will be on view for 5 months, from June to October 2019, and fellows will receive a stipend after successful completion of the exhibit.

CART fellowships are open to all PhD students. For this project, graduate students interested in the study of fine press and printing, printing techniques, material culture, French language and history, literature, and the history of art and visual culture are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Trianon Press, consult Recollections of Trianon Press, an oral history given by Julie Fawcus.






Application Information

Eligibility and Terms
Applications are welcome from currently enrolled UCSC graduate students with academic interests in arts, humanities, and/or social and natural sciences; interest in working in archives and libraries; and interest in curating exhibits. Fellowships in CART require a multiple quarter commitment. During the first component of the program, fellows work a total of 100 hours during Summer, Fall, or Winter quarter, and must be able to work 10 hours/week during the weekday hours of 9:00-5:00. Fellows then return in Spring quarter to curate a physical and digital exhibit showcasing materials from the collections they processed, and are paid a stipend after the successful completion of the exhibit.

If fellows have a concurrent academic appointment (e.g. GSR, TA, other teaching appointment), they must get written permission from both a) their faculty advisor and b) the Dean of Graduate Studies to work 10 hours per week with CART.

CART hires fellows for the upcoming academic year (Summer, Fall, and Winter quarters) each Spring. Project information and application forms are posted at the beginning of Spring quarter, and applications are due in May. Interviews are held and fellowship offers are made before the end of Spring quarter.

Interested candidates will submit a completed application form including the contact information for 2-3 references, a letter of interest, and a résumé/CV.

Review Process
CART fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be evaluated each on the basis of:

  • the availability of projects related to a candidate’s academic background and subject expertise;
  • the candidate’s expressed desire to work with primary source materials to enhance their research, writing and/or archival skills;
  • the candidate's expressed desire to work on an exhibit;
  • the candidate's faculty references;
  • and the candidate’s general level of achievement.

Strong candidates will be contacted shortly after submitting their applications to arrange an interview. Applicants will be notified of their status by email.