Mini-Grants to Members

Recent Mini-Grant Recipients and Their Projects

Steven Levi, for expenses of a visual presentation of his poem, “The Contract,” about women’s suffrage.
Pam Peirce, for editing of her biography of Katherine Gibson Wicks.

Joe Miller, for his article on “Wild Women Suffragists.” 
Anne Evers Hitz, for her book, Lost Department Stores of San Francisco.

Jim Gasperini, for editing and other expenses in preparation of a book manuscript with the working title Fire in the Mind: How We Imagined the Non-Living Relative that Gave Us Control of the World.
Richard Hurley, to revise and reprint panels of a traveling exhibit, California in the Civil War.
Joe Miller, for research, editing and illustrations for an article, “Wild Women Suffragists and the Sex Scandals that Almost Sank the Movement.”

Marilyn Geary, for translations and copying of materials relating to her work on Swiss-Italian immigrants to California and Australia
Joanne Lafler, toward publication of her biography of Harry Lafler
Peter Meyerhof, in support of  trying to determine location of the Great Adobe Church of the Sonoma Mission
Margaretta Mitchell, to help fund an exhibition of photographs for a symposium on Isadora Duncan
Cathy Robbins, for travel in Calabria to do research for her book on this province of southern Italy
Monika Trobits, for photo rights and reproductions for her book on the history of coffee in the San Francisco Bay Area

Neil Dukas, support for travel to Hawaii to make a presentation at the 2016 Congress of the Naval Order of the United States on Hawaii’s armed forces during the reign of King Kalakaua
Taryn Edwards, support for continued research on projected biography of Andrew Smith Hallidie

Taryn Edwards, support for research for a biography of Andrew Smith Hallidie
Steven Levi, support for research and a public presentation on the Preparedness Day Bombing of 1916
Charles Sullivan, for research and publication of work on Elizabethan explorers

Neil Dukas for travel to AHA conference
Sharan Newman for Arabic books and translations
Cathy Robbins for research trip to Calabria
Margaret Simmons for illustration photos for book on Lilly Tosch

Louis Trager for copying and other expenses of research on Arthur J. Goldsmith and other mid-20th-century American foreign policy activists and organizations.

Dot Brovarney for the Alan Chadwick Legacy Project, oral histories of people who learned about French intensive and Biodynamic gardening from Chadwick in the 1960s and 70s. Originally requested for transcripts, the project evolved and the grant was approved for use in placing audio selections on the website.
Jim Shere for transcription of letters by members of the prominent George and Martha Watriss family, providing a fascinating first-hand account of daily life in San Francisco in the 1850s.
Carol Sicherman for transcriptions and translations of postcards in several languages sent to family members in Eastern Europe in 1905-18.

Ellen Huppert for travel to the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, to do research for her book, “In Their Own Words,” about some of her ancestors.
Steven Levi for travel to Southern California to examine the papers of Walton E. Cole, a Unitarian minister who opposed the national radio broadcasts of Father Charles Coughlin, the “Rush Limbaugh” of the 1930s.
Sharan Newman for travel to Washington University and the Missouri Historical Society to research the Eliot family.
Jackie Pels for research expenses related to commissioned poem for 200th anniversary of Fort Ross.

Elizabeth Thacker-Estrada for editing, images, and other expenses of finishing her biography of First Lady Abigail Powers Fillmore.
Jeanne Farr McDonnell for assembling documentation on Juana Briones House historic preservation efforts and attending State Office of Historic Preservation Council meeting.


Many of our members have received mini-grants from the Institute in aid of their history research. There is an annual deadline in the fall. Only Institute members are eligible. For more information, see Information for Mini-Grant Applicants. Download the application form here.