The James Butler Bonham Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Award Research Grants


The James Butler Bonham Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), through our offices, offers one annual research grant of $700 for a scholar whose work at the DeGolyer Library will advance our understanding of the history of Texas. If the grant request is for research in Texas History, applicants should specify the “James Butler Bonham Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Award” on their application, their research topic and the number of weeks they are requesting.  We may offer the James Butler Bonham Chapter Award, as a single grant, or combine it with the other grant funds if there seems to be a good match with the scholar's work. The James Butler Bonham Chapter Award is only offered once in an academic year.

These awards ensure that the library’s holdings – which are among the very best in the Southwest – are brought to the attention of scholars and their readers, nationally and worldwide. Moreover, these grants bring leading researchers to SMU, which assists in raising the profile of the university as well as the wider Dallas community. In publications resulting from research conducted in its collections, grant recipients will be expected to acknowledge the support of the DeGolyer Library and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU.

It is highly recommended that applicants who have questions about the appropriateness of the DeGolyer collections to their research project should consult in advance Russell Martin, director of the DeGolyer Library,or call (214) 768-3234.

To apply:

Applicants should provide a project outline and explain how work in the DeGolyer Library's collections will enhance their research. 
Please specify the length of research time needed at the library.
Applicants should also include a curriculum vitae and two letters of reference from persons who can assess the significance of their project and their scholarship record. 

All grant funds must be used in their entirety during the award period. Email applications toRuth Ann Elmore, assistant director of the Clements Center or mail to: 

Ruth Ann Elmore, Assistant Director
Clements Center for Southwest Studies
P.O. Box 750176
Dallas, TX 75275-0176

If you have questions, however, please contact the Clements Center at (214) 768-3684.

Previous DRT Grant recipients include:

2016 No award given due to remodeling of the DeGolyer Library.
2015 Xueying Wang (China) “Sound, Space and Southern Identity: On Horton Foote’s Plays"
2013 Betsy Beasley (Connecticut)"Serving the World: Energy Contracting, Logistical Labors, and the Culture of Globalization, 1945-2008"
2011 Matthew Amato (California)"Exposing Humanity: Slavery, Antislavery and Early Photography in America, 1839-1865"
2009 Alexander Olson (Michigan)"'You have rescued me from academicism': Selections from the Correspondence of Henry Nash Smith and Mary Hunter Austin"
2008 Marion Castleberry (Texas) "Horton Foote: Texas Author and Playwright"
2007 Michael Van Wagenen (Utah) "Memory and the U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-2006”
2006 Robert Haynes (Texas) "William Faulkner's Influence on Horton Foote"

Image: Texas Cowboy, ca. 1910-1919.  Courtesy of the DeGolyer Library, SMU.