Michelle M. Martin, a doctoral candidate from UNM’s Department of History, was selected for the Helmerich Center for American Research Fellowship at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla.

Michelle Martin
UNM Department of History Ph.D. candidate Michelle Martin.

The Center offers five short-term fellowships for the academic school year. Fellowships are available for pre- and post-doctoral research or independent research with a stipend of $2,500. These fellowships are for scholars whose research utilizes materials from Helmerich Center for American Research’s extensive collections and those at the McFarlin Library Special Collections at the University of Tulsa.

Martin’s research focuses on the negotiation of race, identity and power in interracial relationships/marriages between American Indians and Anglo-Americans in the 19th century.

During her time at the Center, Martin plans to do archival research that specifically chronicles the history of the Indian Territory and Mvskoke Creek Nation from 1850-1907 as it relates to her research.

“The collections at Helmerich Center for American Research and the McFarlin Library are among the best in the state of Oklahoma," said Martin. "In fact, the Gilcrease Museum—one of the few museums in the nation that was founded by an American Indian in the early 20th century—is home to one of the nation’s preeminent collections of American and Western art and also American Indian cultural and artistic materials."

“Being selected as a fellow for Helmerich Center for American Research is a tremendous boost to my own intellectual self-confidence and also validates my work as a scholar,” said Martin. “Knowing that other scholars on the selection committee felt my work was important enough and worthy of funding is humbling.”

Martin is excited for the research and networking opportunities the Helmerich Center for American Research Fellowship will offer her.

For more information, visit Helmerich Center for American Research.