Researching the Empire State Writing Competition

New York State’s history is rich, varied, and intriguing; those who are interested in exploring aspects of our state’s heritage are invited to take part in a unique competition..

Empire State Library Network is pleased to announce the winner of its second annual Researching the Empire State Writing Competition, Kelli Huggins.

The purpose of the Researching the Empire State Writing Competition is to encourage original research and publication around cultural, social, and political topics of New York history utilizing the digital collections developed by the Empire State Library Network: NYS Historic Newspapers and New York Heritage, as well as by use of New York’s many other scholarly resources.

The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York’s unique history.  It currently consists of approximately 6.6 million pages of newspapers published in New York State.

NewYorkHeritage project is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and everyone else interested the people, places and institutions of historical New York State. The site provides immediate, free access to digital collections that reflect New York State’s extraordinary history.  

Empire State Library Network is partnering with the New York Archives Conference in developing this competition.

2017 Winner:

Kelli L. HugginsThe 2017 winner was Kelli L. Huggins for her paper titled “Death Rays: The Murder That Put X-Rays on Trial”. The winning entry was judged for depth and quality of scholarship, originality of topic and treatment, and use of digital services as research resources.

Kelli L. Huggins’ winning paper was published on ESLN’s website and she was invited as a special guest at the New York State Archives Conference.