George B. Tatum Annual International Conference Fellowship
The Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians’ George B. Tatum Annual International Conference Fellowship underwrites registration, travel and lodging expenses related to attending the Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians.
The Tatum Fellowship is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates enrolled in the following programs:
• architectural history
• art history
• landscape architecture
• historic preservation
• urban/city/regional planning
at the following colleges and universities located in the Greater Philadelphia region:
• Bryn Mawr College
• College of New Jersey
• Drexel University
• Lehigh University
• Philadelphia University/TJU
• Princeton University
• Rutgers University
• St. Joseph’s University
• Swarthmore College
• Temple University
• University of Delaware
• University of Pennsylvania
• Villanova University
• West Chester University
Preference is given to candidates who are not presenting papers at the conference, although the committee reserves the right to make the award to a candidate who is presenting. Eligible expenses up to the limit of the annual Fellowship amount will be reimbursed for travel and lodging. Additionally, the national organization will waive the Student Conference Registration Fee. For 2018 the Fellowship award was $1,000.00 and the value of the student registration fee was $145.00.
The Fellow is required to present a program to the Philadelphia Chapter within six months of the conclusion of the Conference. The program may be on current research or another subject agreed upon by the Fellow and the Chapter officers. The final reimbursement of $125.00 will be withheld until this presentation is made or will be forfeited by the Fellow winner.
Application requirements and deadlines for the 2019 Fellowship
will be posted here by mid-September 2018.
George Bishop Tatum was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1917 and educated at Western Reserve Academy and Princeton University. After a stint as a Captain in the India-China division of the Air Service Command in World War II, he returned to Princeton where he completed his M.F.A. in 1947, and his Ph.D. in 1950. Dr. Tatum taught art history and architectural history at both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware, and advised two generations of architectural historians including Harold Cooledge, William Murtaugh, Matthew Baigell, and Robert B. Ennis. He retired from teaching at Delaware in 1978.
Tatum was a founding member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and served as its first Vice President, from 1964 to 1966. He was a Fellow of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. He is perhaps best remembered for his book, Penn’s Great Town: 250 Years of Philadelphia Architecture Illustrated in Prints and Drawings, a catalog of a major exhibition of the same title held at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in 1961. Roger W. Moss, Director Emeritus of Athenaeum of Philadelphia, called Penn’s Great Town “the first modern book to examine the entire sweep of Philadelphia’s architecture, combining historic images, identified as to source and accompanied by the thoughtful and carefully researched brief essays of genuine merit.” Dr. Tatum passed away in Danville, CA, at the age of 91 in October 2008.