The 2018 King's College-Georgian Papers Fellow - Dr. Jane Levi
King’s College and the Washington Library are proud to announce Dr. Jane Levi as the first King's College-Georgian Papers Fellow. Her research topic is titled, Food & Family Values: From Farm to Table in the Georges’ Households, 1760-1820. This project will compare the food produced, cooked, served, and consumed in the households of George Washington and King George III (as well as his son, the notorious gourmand Prince Regent). Using supply records from the kitchens, gardens and farm estates, menu books, personal papers, and other evidence in both archives, it will build a picture of each household economy and the social distinctions revealed in the food served to family, friends, servants, and slaves. By building a detailed comparative picture of public and private food habits and attitudes in these leading households on both sides of the Atlantic, the research will embellish understanding of the similarities and differences between the old and new worlds, their culture and society in the Georgian period.
The 2017 Mount Vernon-Georgian Papers Fellow - Flora Fraser
King’s College and the Washington Library are proud to announce Flora Fraser as the second Mount Vernon-Georgian Papers Fellow. At Windsor Castle, Flora will use the Cumberland and Stuart Papers to piece together the narrative of Flora Macdonald, who secured Charles Edward Stuart safe passage to Skye in 1746 and who subsequently emigrated to North Carolina. Flora will also use the resources at the Washington Library to examine Washington’s gradual shaping of American prisons and his edicts regarding loyalist civilians. This research will go towards her book project In Search of Flora Macdonald (1722-1790): Her Life in Skye and the Western Isles and, as a Highland Emigrant, during the American Revolution. Flora will also use resources at Windsor and the Washington Library to explore the career of Horatio Nelson for her other book project Lord Nelson of Burnham Thorpe, the Nile and Trafalgar: The Life on Land and at Sea of Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805).
The 2016 Mount Vernon-Georgian Papers Fellow - Dr. Bruce Ragsdale
King's College and the Washington Library are proud to announce Dr. Bruce Ragsdale as the first Mount Vernon-Georgian Papers Fellow. He is working on a book project entitled George Washington at the Plow and used the fellowship to research connections between the agricultural improvement projects of George Washington and those of George III. He also explored the British models that inspired Washington's reorganization of farming at Mount Vernon. Dr. Ragsdale has served as director of the Federal Judicial History Office at the Federal Judicial Center and as associate historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is author of several works on Washington’s agricultural and commercial enterprises and on the revolutionary era in Virginia. Dr. Ragsdale was a member of the Library's inaugural class of fellows.