Theatre Historical Society of America is Accepting Applications for the 2017 Dubuque Research Fellowship

The DuBuque Research Fellowship was established in 2012 to support scholars conducting research in the THSA American Theatre Architecture Archive. The DuBuque Fellowship awards monetary support to winning proposals.


The Thomas R. DuBuque Research Fellowship was created by the Theatre Historical Society of America Board of Directors in 2012 to honor the memory of past president, Conclave Theatre Tour planner, and dedicated volunteer Thomas “Tom” R. DuBuque. Tom had a lifelong interest in historic theatres and was a member of THS from 1979 until his death in 2011.

The DuBuque Fellowship is intended to support scholars conducting research in the Theatre Historical Society of America Archives and Collections. The Fellowship was created to support research, increase awareness of the THS Archives, and encourage use of archive materials. Grants of up to $1,500 are available to students, faculty, authors, and other users who would like to visit the THS archives in Pittsburgh, PA for research. Awards may be used to fund travel, copying, scanning, photo reproduction, publication rights, and other research expenses. Preferred projects involve the study of theatre architecture, theatre architects, and the operation of theatres in the United States. Applicants should follow the rules and procedures available online at or contact the Archives director. 

Deadline for submission is March 10, 2017.

Past recipients of the DuBuque Fellowship include Amy Davis, award-winning photojournalist, The Baltimore Sun, for research related to her book ‘Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters,’ and Dr. Ross Melnick, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara for research on his project ‘Cine Metro: American Film Exhibitors in Global Markets’.


About The Theatre Historical Society of America:

Founded in 1969, the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) celebrates, documents, and promotes the architectural, cultural and social relevance of America’s theatres. Through its preservation of the collections in the American Theatre Architecture Archive, its flagship publication Marquee™ and Conclave Theatre Tour, THS increases awareness, appreciation and scholarly study of America’s theatres.  Visit THS online at

Over the past 48 years, THS has amassed collections documenting the history of over 18,000 theatres across America and beyond. Spanning nearly every style of theatre architecture, the collections are composed of photographs, negatives and slides; artist renderings, drawings and blueprints ; architectural artifacts, theatre furnishings and textiles; scrapbooks, periodicals, business records, supplier and trade catalogs; and uncategorized numerous other items relating to theatre buildings and their cultural and social history. Highlights include:
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHING CO. COLLECTION; 1,100+ images of nearly 300 iconic theatres taken near the original opening date of the theatre. LOEW’S COLLECTION; 2,000+ photographs of Loew’s theatres. BALABAN & KATZ RECORDS; corporate records (Ledgers, board minutes and other legal documents) of the Midwest theatre chain from the 1930s. The collections are available for onsite research by appointment or online via

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