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Honors Student Wins Research Award Using Atkins Library’s Princess Augusta Sophia Collection

UNC Charlotte Honor student Nadia Clifton was awarded Best Poster in the category of Education, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Work at the Third Annual Summer Research Symposium on Wednesday, July 23. More than 80 undergraduate students competed in the poster presentation on scholarly topics across a number of disciplines.

The winning poster, ‘A Study of the Princess Augusta Sophia (1768-1840) Collection at the Atkins Library,” details the research database created as part of the Charlotte Research Scholars program.

Clifton was selected to participate in the Charlotte Research Scholars (CRS), an undergraduate summer program that partners undergraduate students with at least one professor. The mentorship prepares students by providing hands on practice for future research with an emphasis on graduate school. Dr. Kirk Melnikoff and Dr. Alan Rauch mentored Clifton in her research of the Princess Augusta Sophia collection.

The Princess Augusta Sophia Collection contains over 800 plays in 110 volumes originally collected by the daughter of King George III and Queen Charlotte. The collection includes works by almost 300 playwrights, including Henry Fielding, David Garrick, and John Gay. The Augusta Sophia Collection is an extraordinarily rich resource for the study of eighteenth-century drama and its reception.

Special Collections staff members Tricia Kent and Joseph Nicholson worked with Clifton and Professors Rauch and Melnikoff to ensure that information about distinctive features of the volumes such as bindings, inscriptions, and marginalia were recorded during their survey of the collection. This information will be used to enhance Atkins’ bibliographic records for the Augusta Sophia collection and make its riches more discoverable and intelligible for scholars and students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and beyond.   

(Photo of Nadia Clifton by Aaron Cress)