Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence

2019 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence Seth Ellis

The 2019 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence was awarded to Seth Ellis for his project Sound as historical material: developing a new way of cataloguing, describing and accessing sound in the archive.

Seth’s project proposes the development of a way of cataloguing sounds within the State Library’s collections—both historical, and newly collected.  This tool will make historical sound more searchable and perceptible by researchers and the general public.

In audio visual collections, a single sound recording can provide the same multilayered information as a photograph: a multiplicity of details about experience that is physical and emotional. The examination of sound in this way can provide a rich understanding of experience.

About the residency

The Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence aims to attract leading thinkers who will develop new ideas, tools, strategies and services that benefit both Queensland’s GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector and State Library of Queensland. 

The successful applicant receives a bursary of $15,000, a personal work space within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months and premium access to the extensive collections and expertise of library staff. 

The Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence is supported by Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Library Foundation.