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My winning proposal: Unlocking the Smithsonian’s secrets

Image: Vaibhav Singh

The Baird Society Resident Scholar Programme supports scholarship on rare books and special collections

Vaibhav’s Top tips:

  • Be clear about your need to access elements of the available collection.
  • Be aware that many undigitised, even uncatalogued materials are available and referencing those might be helpful.
  • Be prepared to handle some costs up front, since funding may be held up.
  • Staff at the Smithsonian are helpful—ask them questions.

The Baird Society Resident Scholar Programme is available to researchers who hope to access specified Smithsonian collections in Washington DC and New York.

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