Research Grants:

Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program

The New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust announce the availability of awards for qualified applicants to pursue research using historical records in the New York State Archives. The Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program is intended to support advanced work in New York State history, government or public policy by covering research expenses. It also encourages public dissemination of research products. The program honors the New York State Archivist who managed the dramatic development of the State Archives between 1981 and 1995.

Applicant/Project Eligibility

Applicants must conduct original research at the New York State Archives. Previous residents have included academic and public historians, graduate students, independent researchers and writers, and primary and secondary school teachers. Projects involving alternative uses of the Archives, such as research for multimedia projects, exhibits, documentary films, and historical novels, are welcomed. The topic or area of study must draw on government records in the New York State Archives. Preference will be given to projects that: (1) have application to enduring public policy issues, particularly in New York State, (2) rely on holdings that have been little used and are not available electronically or on microfilm, and (3) have a high probability of publication or other public dissemination.


Awards are intended to defray costs of travel, lodging, meals, photo duplication, and other research-related expenses. Award amounts range from $100 to $4,500 depending on the length of stay at the State Archives and research expenses. Research visits range from a few days to several weeks depending upon the nature of the research. Awards will not supplement salary or honoraria. (Eligible costs are indicated on the application.)

Award Payment Schedule

Once an award is accepted a resident will receive a welcome packet which includes several forms that must be submitted to trigger payment(s). Payment(s) will take up to 4 weeks to process as follows:

  • US Person (US Resident or Resident Alien) residents will receive their award in two installments.  The first half of the award will be sent at the beginning of their residency and the second half upon completion of their residency and submission of their final report.
  • Non-Resident Alien residents will receive one award payment upon completion of their residency and submission of their final report.

Applications Process/Deadline

Application forms are available on-line or by request:

Archives Partnership Trust
Cultural Education Center, Room 9C49
Albany, New York 12230
Phone: 518-473-7091
Fax: 518-473-7058

Applications must be postmarked by January 15, 2015. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of scholars and archivists familiar with the State Archives and its holdings. Applicants will be informed of the panel's decision by April 15, 2015.


Pre-Application Planning. Potential applicants must contact the Archives' Researcher Services staff well in advance of completing the application, to discuss their research topic and the records that they propose to use. Contact:

Dr. James D. Folts
Head, Researcher Services
New York State Archives
Phone: 518-474-8955

Residencies must be completed by May 31, 2016. At the end of the residency, awardees must submit a final report on their research experience. Residents are expected to publicize project results through: one public presentation (copy of presentation and program should be submitted to the Archives Partnership Trust) and/or an article submission to New York Archives magazine (for possible publication). New York Archives is not an academic or peer-reviewed publication. It is intended to appeal to a wide audience including scholars, individuals, and educators who possess a broad interest in history. Articles should be approximately 1,000 to 1,500 words. Contact the magazine editor at (518) 474-6926 for information regarding article submission.

The New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust should be credited in any publication or dissemination of research results. Consult with State Archives staff regarding citation of records held by the New York State Archives. A copy of any publication should be provided to the Archives Partnership Trust.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), may also answer many of your questions.

Program Funding

Endowment earnings and private contributions to the Archives Partnership Trust provide the financial basis for the Hackman Research Residency Program. Contributors have included The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Inc., Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and The Lucius N. Littaur Foundation. Contributions and endowment earnings enable the Trust to maintain prior years' award levels, as well as to continue with invitational fellowships to complete priority projects.

Gifts are welcomed at Archives Partnership Trust, Cultural Education Center — Suite 9C49, Albany, New York 12230.

Review Previous Recipient's Research Grant Projects.