The New York State Archives have announced the 2020-21 Hackman Research Residency Awards.
The Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program supports advanced work on New York State history, government, or public policy using historical records in the State Archives by academics, graduate students, public historians, and teachers.
This year’s residents include:
Brad Edmondson, independent researcher. “Battle of the Blue Line: The Origin and Early Years of the Adirondack Park Agency.” Research will investigate the history of early years of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and predecessor agencies using records and oral histories.
Hongdeng Gao, Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University. “Migration, Medicine and Power: How Chinese New Yorkers Gained Better Access to Health Care, 1949-1999.” Research will focus on New York State’s involvement in the development of health care systems for poor residents in New York City’s Chinatown.
Anthony Grasso, Assistant Professor of Political Science, US Military Academy, West Point. “Privilege and Punishment: Class, Crime, and the Development of the American State.” Research examines the development of the American criminal justice system and penal policy from late nineteenth century to present, with special focus on the Elmira Reformatory and its superintendent, Zebulon Brockway.
Sally Hadden, Associate Professor of History, Western Michigan University. “Eighteenth-Century Appellate Courts in New York: Exploring Records of the Governor and Council, the Court of Chancery, and the Supreme Court Judicature.” A study of New York appellate court jurisdiction and practice, 1690s-1790s, using early New York executive records not used for advanced legal history research since the 1940s.
Seth Kershner, graduate student, Department of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “Policing the New Left: State Police Surveillance Records as a Source for the History of Social Movements.” A study of anti-war and counterculture movements of 1960s and 1970s, using the Archives’ State Police non-criminal investigation files, with a focus on community college and high school students, teachers, and professors who participated in antiwar groups.
Brooke Lansing, Ph.D. candidate, Johns Hopkins University. “With the Strictest Confidence: Abortion and Contraception in Nineteenth-Century New York.” A study of nineteenth century women in New York City employing abortion and contraception, using pre-1847 trial court records received by the Archives in 2017.
Tyler Morse, independent researcher and writer. “Reform in the Carceral Archives: Parole, Indeterminate Sentencing and Conditional Release in New York State, 1879-1900.” Exploratory research on the origins and current state of the penal system in New York, examining parole, indeterminate sentencing, conditional release and “penology’s relationship to eugenics.”
Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan, Instructor and Coordinator of Public History, Rutgers University. “Surviving the New Nation: A Material History of Poverty in the United States.” Investigating subsistence activities of the poor in New York, and the “ways in which personal and official definitions of material need” have shaped Americans’ experiences, using NY Supreme Court insolvency petitions from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, which have never been used for academic research.
Jon Parmenter, Associate Professor of History, Cornell University. “Lives on the Line: The Mohawk Community of Akwesasne and the International Boundary Across Four Centuries.” Research focuses on the Akwesasne (St. Regis) Mohawks, whose community was divided between US and Canada when border was confirmed.
The program honors the New York State Archivist who led the dramatic development of the State Archives between 1981 and 1995.
More information can be found online.