The UNT Special Collections 2018 Research Fellowship Awardee - Kenna Lang Archer

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The University of North Texas Libraries invite applications for the 2018 UNT Special Collections Research Fellowship. Research in special collections is relevant to studies in a variety of disciplines including history, journalism, political science, geography, fine art, art history and American studies. We encourage applicants to think creatively about new uses for special collections. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential for publication and the best use of special collections at UNT Libraries.

The UNT Special Collections 2018 Research Fellowship Awardee

Kenna Lang Archer

Project Title

Mucking It Up: A History of Rivers, Politics, and Improvements in Texas

Project Description

The history of this state is inextricably tied into its waterways and into efforts to manipulate those waterways to meet the public’s perceived needs. This project examines the developmental history of state waterways and the governmental policy aimed towards improvement.


Dr. Kenna Lang Archer is an instructor at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where she teaches U.S. environmental history, Texas history, and American history. Her first book, Unruly Waters, was published by University of New Mexico Press. She recently finished writing an updated edition of Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land with John Opie and Char Miller. She will be presenting her current research project at the Western History Association meeting in October.