Friday, June 20, 2008

National US Postal Service Award for Research

The University of Buffalo's UB News Center reports David A. Gerber, Ph.D. has received the National US Postal Service Award for Research for Authors of Their Lives: The Personal Correspondence of British Immigrants to North America in the Nineteenth Century .

According to a press release, 2006, NYU Press),Dr. Gerber's book analyzes the cycle of correspondence between immigrants and their homelands to uncover the critical role played by letters in reformulating personal relationships made vulnerable by separation.

Dr. Gerber is professor and chair of the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo.

The award carries a $2,000 cash prize and was presented to him recently at ceremony at the Main Post Office in Buffalo. A Junior Award of $1,000 was presented to a graduate student in California.

The awards honoring Rita Lloyd Moroney, historian of the U.S. Postal Service from 1973-91, are designed to encourage scholarship on the history of the American postal system and to raise awareness about the significance of the postal system in American life.

To learn more, click here.

To read some of the the book, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM