Carolyn Horton Scholarships

Description

The Carolyn Horton Fund was established to support continuing education for book/paper conservators who are members of the AIC Book and Paper specialty group. Funds may be used to help defray costs for attending meetings, seminars, workshops, or to conduct research or special projects. The amount available from the fund is approximately $1,000. Funds may be divided among qualified applicants.

Carolyn Horton began her career in conservation in Vienna where she studied hand bookbinding from 1929 to 1930. Returning to Philadelphia in 1931, she apprenticed with master binder Albert Oldach; then founded her own company in 1934. From 1935 to 1939 she worked at the American Philosophical Society and in 1939 was appointed the first book restorer at Yale University. In 1943, she and her husband Donald moved to New York, then on to Washington, D.C., and Chicago, where she set up studios and began to train students. In 1958, the Hortons moved back to New York, where Carolyn Horton and Associates performed high quality book and paper and art conservation for museums, libraries and private collectors. She was one of many conservators who responded to the appeal for assistance in Florence after the 1966 floods. Her book, Cleaning and Preserving Bindings and Related Materials, was published in 1967 and revised in 1969. Throughout her career, Mrs. Horton was noted for her willingness to share her knowledge and her adherence to excellence. She was an AIC Honorary Fellow and was always a strong supporter of the AIC Code of Ethics.

Criteria for Review

  • Applicants must be current members of AIC and the Book and Paper specialty group
  • Usefulness of project to the applicant and/or the conservation field
  • Qualifications of applicant to conduct project
  • Ability of applicant to disseminate outcomes of project (publication, teaching, presentations, etc.)
  • Appropriateness of budget for proposed project
  • Completeness of application, including two letters of support



Application Process

The Carolyn Horton Grant's guidelines and criteria have not changed, however, the process of applying will be managed entirely through an online system, which we hope will be simpler, more reliable, and more convenient than our previous system of emailed forms and attachments. 

You will be prompted to login to the system using a login ID and password. If you already have an account with AIC/FAIC (this should be the case if you are an AIC member or have participated in an AIC/FAIC program), use the same login information you use to access that account. If you do not have an account in the system, you can quickly set one up before you begin your application.

The online form will take you through the two sections of the application:

1.) Applicant information (name and contact information) and reference information (name and email).  You should complete this step as early as possible, and at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. When you “save and finalize” this section of your application, an automated email will be sent to your references with instructions on submitting their letter of support.

2.) Project information (description of the project and how it will help you advance professionally), budget information (total costs and FAIC funding request), and supporting Documentation (resume/CV).

You may save your application and return later to complete it. When you are satisfied with your responses, “save and finalize” this section to submit your application. Once the application has been submitted, you cannot return to edit or upload addition documents.

Procedures

​The application deadline is February 1 of each year. The applications will be reviewed and a recommendation will be made to the FAIC board for final approval. Notification of awards will be made six - eight weeks after the deadline. Projects should take place six weeks to twelve months after the application deadline.

Two letters of support must be submitted electronically. References will upload letters directly to the application portal. Applicants should enter the names and email addresses of their references as soon as possible during the application process. Once an applicant moves on from the first page of the application, references will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letter of support. References can use FAIC’s Letter of Support Form or submit letters of support in other formats if the author’s signature is included.  Regardless of the format, letters uploaded to the system will not be accessible to the applicant.

Please submit any supporting materials as a PDF (portable document format) if possible.

Apply for Funding

The application will become available available eight weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Final Report

A final report consisting of a 500 - 1,000 word narrative and at least two images is due within 30 days of completion of the project. Final reports should be sent to faicgrants@conservation-us.org. Final reports are required to be eligible for future funding.  Reports may be published in part or in full by FAIC, including posting on the FAIC website.

If you experience any difficulties please contact:
Sarah Saetren, FAIC Education Associate
faicgrants@conservation-us.org
(202) 661-8071