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Elaine B. Davis Research Award

  The Elaine B. Davis Research Award, endowed by the 2007-2009 Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee chaired by Connie Impelman and sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, is awarded to bring scholars to San Antonio, Texas, to work with the materials housed at the DRT Library. Mrs. Davis served as Director of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library from 1998 to 2008.


2011 Recipient

The Davis Award was not presented in 2011.

2010 Recipient

Former DRT Library Director Elaine Davis, left, and current Director, Leslie Stapleton, right. Mrs. Davis accepted the research award at the Texas History Forum on behalf of the winner, Julia Brookins.

Julia Brookins, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Chicago, was the recipient of the second Elaine B. Davis Research Award. The announcement was made at the DRT Library's Texas History Forum on May 22, 2010.

The Davis Award will enable Ms. Brookins to conduct research for her dissertation, entitled Immigrant Settlers and Frontier Citizens: German Texas in the American Empire, 1844-1898. Ms. Brookins' doctoral research focuses on German Texans in order to examine how U.S. continental expansion influenced the way that European immigrants understood American society and adapted to it. Specifically, she concentrates on two aspects of immigrant acculturation: the experiences of German migrants and the consequences for racial minorities such as Tejanos, Mexicans, African Americans, and American Indians. Ms. Brookins' work focuses on the period beginning with Texas statehood in the 1840s and ending in the 1890s, when U.S. imperialists redirected their energies overseas following the closure of the American frontier.

2009 Recipient

Debra Winegarten receives the first Elaine B. Davis Research Award. From left to right: Connie Impelman, DRT Library Chairman; Madge Roberts, DRT President General; Debra Winegarten, Award winner; Elaine Davis, former DRT Library Director.

At the Texas History Forum held on February 21, 2009, the first Elaine B. Davis Research Award was presented to Ms. Debra L. Winegarten of Austin. Ms. Winegarten is the author of several books, including Katherine Stinson: The Flying School Girl and Strong Family Ties: The Tiny Hawkins Story. Her book Mum’s the Word is a tribute to her mother, Ruthe Winegarten, who was a noted Texas women’s historian and a researcher at the DRT Library. Ms. Winegarten will use DRT Library collections to write a book about Clara Driscoll for middle school students. Ms. Winegarten pointed out the the seventh grade history curriculum in Texas includes biographies of famous Texans, twenty-two men and three women; she sees her work as helping introduce young adults to more women who have contributed to the history of the state.

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