TRAVEL TO COLLECTIONS AWARDS FOR 2024 ARE SUSPENDED.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and limited hours for the museum's Archives Center, the Lemelson Center is suspending the Travel to Collections Award Program for 2024. Please contact the Travel to Collections Award Coordinator, Alison Oswald at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Since 1995, the Lemelson Center has supported oral and video documentation of contemporary inventors and inventions such as the SmartLevel, a high-tech electronic level; the Gerber Cutter, a computer controlled fabric cutter invented by H. Joseph Gerber; the Sendzimir “Z” Mill for cold rolling steel invented by Tadeusz Sendzimir; and the windsurfer invented by S. Newman Darby.
To encourage use of its invention-related collections, the Lemelson Center offers short-term travel awards. Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10 business days (Monday-Friday). No additional funds will be granted for travel. The travel award may be used to cover transportation and living expenses, and copying pertinent archival resources. All funds awarded are subject to tax and non-US applicants should inquire about visa status and tax implications. Scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers not residing or attending school within commuting distance of the National Museum of American History may apply for this program. Awards may not be used to extend other Smithsonian appointments. Only one award can be offered to a visitor within a 12-month period.
Decisions are made on the basis of recommendation and review by the Smithsonian staff.
- Recipients must commence and complete their research at the National Museum of American History within one year of being notified of the award.
- Recipients are requested to submit a short report on their research at the National Museum of American History. Edited versions or excerpts from these reports may be used in the Lemelson Center's publications.
- Recipients are asked to provide the Center with a copy of any publication resulting from research conducted as a result of the award.
To request information about the Archives Center’s invention-related holdings, contact:
Alison L. Oswald, Travel Award Coordinator
Travel to Collections Awards Program
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
National Museum of American History, Room 1210, MRC 604
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Tel: (202) 633-3726
Fax: (202) 633-4593
More information about Smithsonian collections and staff can be found on the following websites: