May 19, 2009

Brooke and Carol Peirce Center Created

Brooke and Carol Peirce

Goucher College has created the Brooke and Carol Peirce Center for Undergraduate Research in Special Collections and Archives to engage undergraduate students in special collections and archives research and hands-on learning. The center will honor Brooke Peirce, a beloved Goucher professor of English from 1954 to 1985 who passed away in 2003. 

Operations of the center will begin in Fall 2009 with the Goucher library’s move into the Athenaeum, where it will be housed in the special collections and archives section. 

The core activity of the center will be to enhance students’ liberal arts education through internships, research fellowships, lectures, master classes, field trips, digitization projects, exhibits, and other programs. The center will also partner with faculty to incorporate rare and special materials into their curricula and teaching methods, enhancing Goucher’s reputation for offering innovative learning opportunities.

Each year the Brooke Peirce Center will award one or two fellowships to students, on a competitive basis, for projects using the resources of the special collections and archives. The fellowship stipend will be about $1,500, and awards will begin in the 2009-2010 academic year.

Each spring the center will also hold the Brooke Peirce Colloquium, where students will have the opportunity to present their work and hear guest speakers on topics that are relevant to the aims of the center.

The center is supported by the Brooke Peirce Endowment, which was established by generous bequests from Brooke and Carol Peirce and enhanced by many additional gifts in their memory.

Media Contact
Nancy Magnuson
College Librarian