The Charles E. Beveridge Research Fellowship honors an eminent scholar, Series Editor of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, and devoted friend of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and its archives and collections. The Fellowship is intended to encourage the use of these archives and foster the continued development of Olmsted scholarship. Many of the Olmsted firm’s plans, drawings and photographs can be viewed online on the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site Fickr page. The Olmsted Research Guide Online is a searchable database list of plans, drawings, and photographs found at Fairsted, as well as correspondence and reports held at the Library of Congress organized by job number. Please check back for updates to the Beveridge Fellowship Program.
Additional information on the Archives and collections at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site can be found at the Olmsted NHS website.
CHARLES E. BEVERIDGE FELLOWSHIPS
Fadi Masoud, Cambridge, MA
Landscape’s Comprehensive Codes and Standards. This study grows from an interest in Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.’s influence on the crafting of legislation meant to arm planners in the twentieth century (and beyond) with “an enabling mechanism” to execute the kind of comprehensive designs commonly associated with Olmsted Sr. Tracing the consequences of that influence, the study explores the relationship between landscape-driven comprehensive planning and regulatory zoning, with an emphasis on how this relationship affects the ability of projects to withstand environmental pressures over time. The author is particularly interested in the Olmsted firm’s coastal projects that are currently in need of resiliency planning strategies to respond to climate change. Candidates include projects in Bridgeport, Rockaway, Asbury Park, Ocean City, Toronto, Baton Rouge, Lakeland, Los Angeles, and Boston.
Christine O’Hara, Atascadero, CA
Proto-Ecological Planning by the Olmsted Brothers in 1920s Los Angeles: Using Georeferencing as a Mapping Tool to Understand Spatial Reasoning and Ecological Function. This study employs a combination of historical, ecological, and GIS technology approaches to consider the Olmsted firm’s Southern California projects with an emphasis on its engagement with natural systems in this arid climate. The Olmsted firm’s use of and engagement with ecological principles is an issue of renewed relevance as contemporary landscape architecture responds to an era of climate change.
Spencer Tunnell, Atlanta, GA
The Lesser Known Work of the Olmsted Firm in Atlanta: A Contextual Study A study of Peachtree Heights, Mims Park, and other less-well-known Atlanta projects, which have been overshadowed by Druid Hills, Grant Park, and Piedmont Park. Special attention to social period context, especially in framing Mims Park with the hardening of Jim Crow strictures.
Jeongyon (Mimi) Kim, Atlanta, Georgia
The Small Parks of Frederick Law Olmsted: This project highlighted the contemporary relevance of small parks in dense urban areas in terms of enhancing social connectivity and providing environmental benefit. Projects included Charlesbank, Wood Island Park, Charlestown Heights, Charlestown Playground, North End Park, and Roxbury High Fort.
Jennifer L. Thomas, Champaign, Illinois
Madness, Landscape and State-Craft: the Nineteenth Century Insane Asylum System of New York State (dissertation): Thomas’s research in the Fairsted archives provided critical primary source materials for her doctoral dissertation, with a particular focus on the designed landscapes associated with the first eight asylums developed in New York between 1843 and 1891. In addition to these eight asylums, Thomas investigated McLean Asylum (Belmont, MA), and Government Hospital for the Insane (St. Elizabeth’s, Washington, D.C.).
Barton Ross, Livingston, New Jersey
The Olmsted Firm and the Natural Improvements of Montclair, 100 Years Later
This project explores the role of the Olmsted firm in Montclair, New Jersey. The firm was responsible for some twenty-two projects in the area; Ross used the Fellowship to conduct research on these projects, particularly Anderson Park, to determine how much of the original designed landscape is still intact and inform future planning and design decisions in the community.
CHARLES E. BEVERIDGE RESEARCH GRANTS
Sam E. Valentine, Cambridge, Massachusetts
What Lies Beneath: Documenting Buffalo’s Buried Quarry Garden and Envisioning its Rebirth: This project focused on a lost feature in Delaware Park, Buffalo, with the goal of informing restoration or interpretation of the Quarry Garden.