Recent History graduate wins Showalter Special Collections Award

Brian Holliday headshot

Recent Marietta College graduate Brian Holliday ’16 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was recently received the Kenneth E. Showalter ’50 Special Collections Research Award, which is awarded annually by the Legacy Library.

Holliday, who was nominated by Dr. Katy McDaniel, won for his work “The Forgotten Church: The Revitalization of the Legacy of Thomas Ayers Church.” Holliday, a History major, completed this work as part of his History Capstone project.

His paper focuses on Church, an early African-American graduate of Marietta College in 1890, who went on to be one of the first African-American graduates of Columbia Law School.

“He made excellent use of the Special Collections materials related to Thomas Church’s time at Marietta College and beyond, which allowed him to investigate questions of racial identity as well as racial politics,” said McDaniel, McCoy Professor of History. “As a result, this paper is not only a biography of a little studied yet important individual, but also a unique and valuable investigation of race and identity in the Reconstruction era of American History.”

The $500 award is presented annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who authors the best research paper using the primary sources of the Slack Research Collections of the Legacy Library. The Kenneth E. Showalter ‘50 Special Collections Memorial Endowment that was established in 2010 by Robert and Shirley Showalter funds the award.