The Curtis Gates Lloyd Fellowship provides funds for research at the Lloyd Library and Museum for one to three months. Research projects funded by the fellowship require on-site use of the Library’s collections. Topics include but are not limited to:
2017/2018 Curtis Gates Lloyd Fellowship Recipients
Rosie Carpenter is a Public History Associate at the Boone County Public Library in Burlington, Kentucky and a Historic Preservation Consultant in the Over-the-Rhine and Northern Kentucky areas. She is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she completed a dual degree in Archaeology and Anthropology with a certificate in Historic Preservation. She will be pursuing her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University in the Fall of 2017.
Project: Dimensions in the Garden
Carpenter has been commissioned by the Boone County Public Library to design a garden that will become a permanent exhibit at one of their branch libraries. Her proposal includes a plan to study the personal archives of John Uri and Curtis Gates Lloyd to inform the design and creation of this garden. Boone County was the location of the Lloyd brothers’ family home and the subject of much of Curtis’s photography and John’s novels. The garden is to reflect local history of the late 19th century and will include medicinal plants and embody Northern Kentucky as seen by the Lloyds.
Kell & Frey
Artists Anna Kell and Jonathan Frey collaborate at the intersection of painting, installation, and graphic design. Their work explores representations of the natural world and cultural identity. In addition to their studio practice, they both teach at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.
Project: Posters for the Plant Blind
Kell & Frey will research and design a series of posters combating the inability of many 21st century Americans to recognize plants. They will use Lloyd Library collections as a visual archive from which to design four posters, which will serve as inspirational and educational tools for promoting plant awareness and literacy. They plan to make them available as open-source documents so that anyone can reproduce them to hang in a classroom, home, office, or other communal spaces.
Susan Leopold is the Director of United Plant Savers, an organization whose mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada, and their native habitat. She holds Masters in Environmental Design from the Conway School and a Ph.D in Ethnobotany from Antioch University New England. She also serves on the boards of Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy.
Project: The History and Conservation of Parasitic Medicinal Plants
Most literature on parasitic plants refers to their invasive nature as weeds or “pests” wreaking havoc on agricultural crops. At the same time, the medicinal value of parasitic plants and their specific habitat requirements are seldom explored. Using the Lloyd’s collections, Leopold will research early botanic medicinal literature to track historic uses and harvesting of parasitic plants. This research, paired with Leopold’s field work, will trace the understanding of parasitic medicinal plants in botanical history and art culminating with photo essays on display at the Lloyd Library and Museum.
Alyncia J. Mason is a recent graduate of The University of Cincinnati where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. While completing her studies, she worked in the University’s Herbarium with many of Curtis Gates Lloyd’s specimens. She plans to pursue a Masters in Physicians Assistance.
Project: Historical Ethnobotany of Samoa: Notes and Observations of Curtis Gates Lloyd
In an expedition to Samoa in 1904-1905, Curtis Gates Lloyd collected plant specimens and made notes about their ethnobotanical significance. Lloyd’s Samoan gatherings represent the first large collection of Samoan flora and the first records of many plant species there. In conjunction with the Margaret H. Fulford Herbarium of the University of Cincinnati, Mason will collect and transcribe Lloyd’s notes at both the Herbarium and the Lloyd Library. She will compare them with current Samoan ethnobotany, identifying extinct plants and those that have been forgotten over 100 year span since Lloyd’s exploration.