Travel Grants

Annually, the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections offers travel grants to non-local researchers and scholars who wish to conduct research in the Archives. The Travel Grant Program is designed to increase awareness of the Archives' collections and encourage the use of lesser-known collections. 

Past recipients of these grants have examined a diverse range of topics including the roles fraternal orders had in Lake Superior mining communities, the development of mine company housing and the Upper Peninsula's shift from an industrial driven economy to one focused on tourism. Visiting scholars have traveled from locations as nearby as the lower peninsula of Michigan and as far away as Sweden and England. 

The Travel Grant Program is funded by The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library, a support organization for the Library and Archives of Michigan Tech. 

Past Award Recipients


  • Campus Traditions and Collective Meaning-Making: Exploring Student Life and Memory Building from Michigan Tech and Beyond
    Researcher: David Brown, Doctoral Candidate, University of Kentucky
  • Research Recap on the Pewabic
    Researcher: Phillip Hartmeyer, Maritime Archaeologist
  • People's Parks: Tracing Radical Environmental Activism from Berkeley to Michigan
    Researcher: Kera Lovell, Doctoral Candidate, Purdue University