2017 Application Instructions
Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians’ George B. Tatum Annual Fellowship underwrites membership, 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 architectural history and theory programs at colleges and universities located in the Greater Philadelphia region.  These include: Bryn Mawr College, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Temple University, University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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 $1,200.00 for 2017) will be reimbursed for travel, lodging and a one year student national membership, with basic registration fees contributed by the national organization.

Applications are to be submitted by e-mail attachment to the Philadelphia Chapter SAH at info@philachapteresah.org no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The fellowship recipient will be notified by April 1, 2017.

Applicants must submit the following:
•           Cover letter, not to exceed two pages, discussing their research interests, accomplishments to-date, and professional goals
•           CV or resume
•           Name and contact information for their advisor or principal professor

The Award winner is required to give an informal program on their thesis/dissertation research, or another topic of interest, to the Philadelphia Chapter members within six months of the conclusion of the Conference.

Questions?  Please contact William Whitaker, Chapter President and Chairman, George B. Tatum Annual Fellowship Selection Committee at wwhitake@design.upenn.edu or 215-898-8323.

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Image Courtesy of the University of Delaware Archives and Records Management

Image Courtesy of the University of Delaware Archives and Records Management

George B. 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. Tatum taught art history and architectural history at both 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.”