Claudia Johnson

In 1975, at the death of Alberta Hirshheimer Burke, a Goucher alumna of the Class of 1928, Goucher College received the extraordinary Jane Austen collection that she and her husband, prominent Baltimorean Henry Burke, had acquired over a period of forty years. This nationally-recognized collection consists of Austen first editions, rare period publications related to the life and landscape of rural England, and Alberta Burke’s own notebooks of Austen-related memorabilia and correspondence with Austen collectors and scholars.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the collection, Goucher College established the competitive Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence program in 2000.  The residency offers the selected scholar a week to research Goucher’s Austen collection, work with related undergraduate classes, and present a public lecture on an Austen-related topic.  The grant also provides a $1,000 stipend, travel expenses and accommodations.

For an overview of the Burke Austen collection, see The Jane Austen Collection Finding Aid.  For additional information or to request an electronic copy of the finding aid to the collection, please contact the Curator of Special Collections and Archives Tara Olivero at tara.olivero@goucher.edu.