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Grad Student Wins Research Award

Press Release: For Immediate Release
May 16, 2012
Contact: Carol Connare,, 413-545-0995






(Amherst, MA) - Amy Brady, a graduate student in the English Department at UMass Amherst, has been selected as the 2012 awardee for Research in the Center for Research Libraries’ Primary Source Awards. The UMass Amherst Libraries is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). CRL recognized the awardees in Chicago in April.

Brady did her research at the Library of Congress, as part of a CLIR/Mellon research fellowship, and will use some of the results in her dissertation, “Staging the Depression: The Federal Theatre Project’s Dramas of Poverty, 1935-1939.”

“Brady’s innovative use of primary source materials to examine how avant-garde artists participated in the New Deal Federal Theatre Program exemplifies the spirit and positive outcomes that the Primary Source Awards are designed to share with the research library community,” says Bernard F. Reilly, President of the Center for Research Libraries.

“My work seeks to reconstruct and analyze the history of several plays written especially for the Federal Theatre about Depression-era poverty in America,” says Brady. “These plays shed light on how the Federal Theatre, an institution self-proclaiming to be the Theatre of The People, staged for an audience of millions some of the most pressing social concerns of the era: rampant unemployment, increasing numbers of starving families, and the fact that Americans were questioning for the first time on a nation-wide scale the validity of the American Dream. Moreover, my work seeks to comment on what was at stake for the American federal government to fund such projects.”

CRL created its Primary Source Awards program to recognize innovative uses of primary sources in three fields of activity—access, research, and teaching—and to publicize those uses throughout the research community.

CRL also will profile the awardees and their projects in the Spring 2012 issue of CRL’s FOCUS on Global Resources Newsletter, on the CRL website, and at other appropriate events.





Last Edited: 24 October 2012