Curtis Gates Lloyd Research Fellowship

The Lloyd Library and Museum operates a fellowship program, named for one of the Library's founders, Curtis Gates Lloyd, the youngest of the three Lloyd brothers who started a successful pharmaceutical manufacturing company in 1885 in Cincinnati, and out of which grew the Lloyd Library. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide funds for research at the Lloyd to researchers across the wide variety of topics held within the collection. Research topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • medicinal botany
  • chemistry
  • natural history
  • early travel and exploration
  • ethnobotany
  • history of science, medicine, and pharmacy

To read more about the fellowship and its requirements, click here.

Click on the Awardee color bars below to read about the winners for a particular year.

2016/17 Awardees

Matthew Crawford

Matthew CrawfordMatthew Crawford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, where he has been since 2009. Prior to that, he was a lecturer at University of California - San Diego, where he completed his Masters and Ph.D. studies after graduating from Tufts University with dual degrees in History and Biology.

Project: How Drugs Became Modern: A Survey of Botanical and Chemical Medicaments in Pharmacopoeias, 1600-1900.

Crawford will be exploring the relatively rapid transition from botanical-based medicine to chemical-based medicine that occurred largely in the 19th century. He will also examine questions of how people perceived health, disease, medicine, and science, and how that might have caused such a drastic change in what was considered legitimate medicinals. The Lloyd's vast collection of national and international pharmacopoeias and dispensatories, along with a host of other materials, will be utilized during this research, which will eventually be part of a larger, book length, treatment of the topic.

Ken Henson

Ken HensonKen Henson, a 2013 Lloyd Fellow, will be rejoining the Lloyd for an expansion of his earlier work on John Uri Lloyd, J. Augustus Knapp, and the creation of the mystical novel, Etidorhpa. Henson is now an Association Professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Head of Illustration at the same.

Project: Etidorhpa: The Definitive Edition

Henson has been fascinated by Etidorhpa for many years. He has examined virtually every edition of the famed Lloyd work from the first to the more modern trade paperback and print-on-demand editions. Additionally, he has combed the Lloyd archives, examining the manuscript, Lloyd's files and correspondence, and the original drawings and paintings done by Knapp for the novel (some of which are held by the Knapp family and which are being made graciously available to the Lloyd for digital reproduction for the book). He has discovered never before published chapters, as well as fascinating essays and correspondence related to the publication. His project will be to put together, transcribe, etc., all these disparate parts and publish, through Bootstrap Press, Oakland, California, a definitive edition of the work which includes introductory essays, missing chapters, essays by Lloyd about the book, correspondence between Lloyd on others about the book, and most importantly, reproductions of the art as it has never been seen before. This work is only possible at the Lloyd, and we are happy to welcome him back.

Amber Stucke

Amber StuckeAmber Stucke is an artist, writer, and naturalist who creates dialogues between research, art, and science. Her special interest is in ethnobotany, especially the Native American use of plants. She is currently an arts instructor at the University of Cincinnati, but has also taught illustration courses at Northern Kentucky University. She has an MFA from the California College of Arts, a BFA from Barat College (Illinois), and has studied at Goldsmith's College (UK) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Project: Rhizome State

Stucke will be undertaking an ambitious project to study rhizome plants, under the direction of Native American plant expert, Danial Moerman - specifically, Black Cohosh, Blood Root, and Stinging Nettle. She will then research the relationship between these plants and the people who used them. Finally, the plants will be reinterpreted artistically, create letterpress prints of them, and put the artwork on display at the Lloyd. These fit into a larger body of work that Stucke has produced, centered on our relationship with the natural world.

2015/16 Awardees

Katherine Fiorelli

Katherine FiorelliKatherine Fiorelli is a history graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, who will be graduating with her Masters degree in May 2015. She is currently completing a two-semester internship with the Cincinnati History Library and Archives at the Cincinnati Museum Center, where she has been researching the individual stories behind each of the 3,000 images of World War I soldiers from the Cincinnati area. She has also served as program coordinator for a recent WWI and the Arts National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute.

Project: Medicine and the Great War: A Time of Radical Change?

Fiorelli's work with the NEH Summer Institute made her aware of the interesting and unique holdings at the Lloyd (we were a participating institution), which dovetailed nicely with the work she was doing at the Historical Soceity Library and Archives. She will begin her two-month research project at the Lloyd in May, delving into our materials, both published and archival, on World War I, with a special focus on the development of mental disease recognition and treatment, namely psychotherapy. John Thomas Lloyd (John Uri Lloyd's son) served as an ambulance driver in France during the Great War, and Emma Rouse Lloyd (John Uri's wife) served in the Red Cross here in Cincinnati. These resources will give Fiorelli insight into the development of medicine during the war, as well as provide historical backdrop, through a brief examination of rudimentary developments during the Civil War, the first time it was significantly noted that soldiers just "weren't the same" upon their return home.

Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao

Adam Frezza & Terri ChiaoAdam Frezza and Terri Chiao are a collaborative artist duo working in Brooklyn, New York. They work in a variety of media, but always with an eye toward the natural world. They are interested in questions of plant cultivation, production and use of objects, as well as the creation of domestic space. Their work tends toward the playful, but you can always discern the natural source of inspiration.

Project: Explore the Lloyd

Frezza and Chiao will be collecting information about plants and their properties and begin a series of pattern drawings and paintings, which will be added to an ongoing project the artistic pair has already begun, but which needs more research. They are interested in particularly the medicinal properties of plants, an aspect they have not been able to explore thus far, and to see how that will translate artistically. Their one month fellowship begins next winter.

Yvonne Morriss

Yvonne MorrissYvonne Morriss comes to the Lloyd with a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science (2013) from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in Visual Art and Dance from the University of Southern California. Morriss has been interested in the garden landscape for many years and writes extensively on the subject.

Project: Light and Sight in the Garden: Connecting Richard Payne and Thomas Andrew Knight

Morriss is working on a new book project and brothers Richard and Thomas Knight, the former known for his impact on the spread of neo-classical architecture and art, the latter for his botanical and horticultural work. Morriss' work at the Lloyd will focus on 3 specific book chapters: 1) background on historical studies of plants and light, 2) closer analysis of Thomas Knight's works, and 3) the influence of Richard on practical instruction on landscape design. Her research will begin late next fall.

2014/15 Awardees

Abby Artemisia

Abby ArtemisiaAbby Artemisia is a botanist and herbalist who leads regular botany walks, teaches about using herbs and found plants for teas, eating, and a variety of other uses. She earned her BA in Botany from the University of Miami (Ohio) in spring 2013. A long-time patron of the Lloyd, her interests are largely driven by her desire to help others learn about botany, safe use of plants, and incorporating a more natural outlook in our everyday lives. Aside from the weekly botany walks she leads in Cincinnati, Artemisia also leads botanical walks, in conjunction with the Lloyd, in Crittenden, Kentucky, at the Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area.

Project: Elizabeth Brockschlager Papers and the Edge of Appalachia

Artemisia will be closely examining the Elizabeth Brockschlager archival collection at the Lloyd Library and Museum, taking notes and building a database of information based on Brockschlagers many visits to Adams County, Ohio, and the area that would become the Edge of Appalachia Preserve. Artemisia is collecting species lists and recording plant names (common and latin), as well as when and where they were found. She will take that data and compare it with information she will be collecting from the same areas. This will provide a broad outlook on how the area is doing, in terms of botanical development and change. The resultant database and proposed publications will provide an invaluable resource for botanists and naturalists who need to gauge the health of the area and determine how well the preserve is functioning. It also provides a window into the levels of invasive species that may be affecting the overall balance of native species health.

Allison Rae Smith

Allison Rae SmithAllison Rae Smith is a Cincinnati-based artist with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin. She is currently working towards her MFA at the University of Cincinnati, where she also serves as an instructor for Time Studio. She has exhibited at the 21C Museum and Hotel, the Niehoff Gallery, Semantics, and Meyers Gallery, all in Cinicnnati. Smith has played with ideas centering on medicine and science for several years, and so her proposed project at the Lloyd makes her a natural fit for the collections here.

Project: Wunderkammer

Smith will be researching 16th and 17th century volumes at the Lloyd, specifically those containing depictions or descriptions of Wunderkammer, or cabinets of curiosities. These display cases were extremely popular in this earlier time period, an era of exploration to unknown lands and of unknown peoples, and were used to exhibit the owner's personal collections of wondrous and exotic objects and species, which they themselves had collected or paid to have collected for them. They are viewed as a precursor to modern science museums, especially since some collectors ended up needing whole extra buildings to contain their collections, like Sir Hans Sloan, who had to hire curators to oversee his vast collections.

Smith will be constructing, for her fellowship, her own series of Wunderkammer, filled with images and information on botanical specimens, with construction and presentation based on what she discovers in the Lloyd's collection as well as other research she has pursued on her own.

Sasha White

Sasha White is an Oregon-based artist who has spent time in the Ohio Valley and come to appreciate its rich and diverse botanical resources. She comes to the Lloyd with a Studio Art (and German) degree from Bowdoin College and has interned at The Center for Book Arts in New York City. Additionally, she has taught art, including at the Scuola di Grafica in Venice, Italy. White has held several artist residencies, which led her to a greater focus on the natural world as a source of inspiration. This led to an internship at the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in Miegs County, Ohio, where she first learned about an odd connection between the plants here and a twin set of plants in Eastern Asia, called a disjunct.

Project: "Disjunct"

White will examine early travel and exploration literature for both the Ohio Valley and Eastern Asia, comparing and contrasting these sets of twin botanical ecosystems. Her special focus will explore the Berberidaceae family, which includes Blue Cohosh and May Apple, among many others. The result of this work will be an artists' book, delineating the twin botanical species, with descriptions of their medicinal uses, with hints at geological and temporal underpinnings. White's work is an homage to the journals, sketchbooks, and field guides that humans have long used to capture information about plants. White will produce her book as a limited edition of three volumes, with one being permanently entered into the Lloyd's own collections.

2013/14 Awardees

Rachel Craft

Rachel CraftRachel Craft is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas whose disciplinary interests include cultural sociology, globalization, medical sociology, environmental sociology, epistemology, critical theory, and ethnobotany. Rachel graduated with a M.A. in Sociology (2007) from the University of Missouri - St. Louis where she focused on inequality, gender, and social movements. At present, Rachel is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kansas in the Environmental Studies Program and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Kansas Biological Survey. In her dissertation, "The Social Production of Medicinal Plant Knowledge," Rachel is investigating the historic and present-day culture of medicinal plant use.

Project: "Unearthing the Roots of Modern American Medicinal Plant Use"

In this chapter of her dissertation, Rachel will provide a detailed narrative of the rise and fall of 18-19th century plant medicine movements (e.g., the botanics, Thomsonians, and eclectics), from the point of view of the movements. Utilizing numerous Lloyd Library collections and archives, including the Berman Papers, Eclectic Medical College Records, John Uri Lloyd Papers, and early works on eclectic and botanic medicine, among others, Rachel will analyze texts that provide a first-hand account of the medicinal plant movements' emergence and decline during the early 19th to the mid-20th century, as well as the texts that these first-hand accounts draw from. In so doing, Rachel hopes to reveal the movements' agency in their use of culture-bound knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and values to construct group boundaries, as well as the extent to which texts were used to co-opt, manage, or minimize the movements for plant medicine.

Ken Henson

Ken HensonKen Henson is an Assistant Professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He has his MFA in Painting from the University of Cincinnati, and his BFA in Painting from Eastern Kentucky University. Awards Ken has won include The Chautauqua Institution Award in the 46th National Exhibition of American Art at The Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, NY, and Grand Prize in the All Kentucky Open Art Exhibition, hosted by the Lexington Art League. Ken's art can be viewed at

Project: "The Emerald Tablet"

For his fellowship, Ken Henson will be studying various alchemical and botanical books and illustrations in the Lloyd Library's collection to inspire a new alchemical treatise, which he will write and illustrate. In particular, this treatise will focus on the seven stages of alchemical transmutation, and The Emerald Tablet, or Tabula Smaragdina, the influential text attributed to the legendary Hermes Trismegistus. At the end of his research, a publication of his treatise will be made possible by the Curtis G. Lloyd Research Fellowship. The Lloyd Library and Museum will host a book release party and exhibition of the original watercolor paintings from Ken's treatise, and he will give a lecture on philosophical alchemy and its symbolism. Having recently written an article about John Uri and Curtis Gates Lloyd and their involvement with illustrator John Augustus Knapp for the journal Abraxis, International Journal of Esoteric Studies, Ken will also continue his research of these three figures with a focus on John Uri Lloyd's novel Etidorhpa.

Melissa Morris

Melissa MorrisMelissa is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Miami University. Before returning to graduate school, she worked as a project manager for a software company in Madison, WI. Over the next year, she will doing research for her dissertation at archives in the U.S., as well as in England, France, the Netherlands, and Spain. When she is not in the library, she enjoys pursuits ranging from home brewing to travel.

Project: "Cultivating Colonies: Tobacco and the Upstart Empires"

Melissa Morris is a doctoral candidate in History at Columbia University. Her research is broadly centered on the Early Modern Atlantic, and is specifically focused on the colonization of the Americas, with an eye to moments of cross-cultural interactions and how information circulated among diverse groups. Her doctoral dissertation, tentatively titled, "Cultivating Colonies: Tobacco and the Upstart Empires," looks at the transformation of tobacco into a global commodity from the late sixteenth through the mid-seventeenth century. She is particularly interested in tobacco cultivation as a system of knowledge, and how that knowledge passed from indigenous groups to Europeans and enslaved Africans, and the changes that were made to the process along the way. She argues that the botanical properties of tobacco helped encourage its adoption by the non-Iberian powers, which allowed them to gain a foothold in the Americas.