Librarian Wins $3,500 Grant to Study Kittie Wilkins

Associate Professor Philip Homan, Eli M. Oboler Library catalog librarian, was awarded a 2008 Research Fellowship by the Idaho Humanities Council in support of his project “Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company.” The IHC Board of Directors awarded this grant at its October meeting.

kwThe Wilkins Horse Company owned 10,000 horses, the largest herd owned by a single family in the West. Homan’s application was in the top four of five winners selected from thirteen submissions in this current grant round. He will use the grant to visit courthouses, archives, and libraries in Idaho in order to uncover the life and career of Wilkins, who has fallen through the cracks of history, as well as to develop a program for the IHC Speakers Bureau.


The IHC is a “private, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the humanities in Idaho.” It administers the Research Fellowship Program “to stimulate scholarship in the humanities, to provide support for scholars who need time and money for research, and to share the results with academic and public audiences.” Homan is writing the first biography of Wilkins.

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