The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has awarded Jennifer Daugherty the History Research and Innovation Award. Jennifer is currently the Head of the North Carolina Collection in Academic Library Services at East Carolina University. She plans to use the award to research Jane Barnell, otherwise known as Lady Olga, "the most famous bearded lady," who appeared in Tod Browning's 1932 cult classic movie Freaks and was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. Part of the award provides travel funds to research in the Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center at Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The research is focused on fully documenting Barnell's life and examining it through an intersectional lens of feminism, gender identity, and race.
Daugherty has been on the RUSA History Section History/Genealogy Award Committee and served as chair multiple times. She is currently the Chair of the Roundtable for Special Collections for the North Carolina Library Association and 2nd Vice President for the North Carolina Genealogical Society. In 2020, she received a William T. Buice III scholarship for Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include the history of North Carolina during the Reconstruction period and historical narratives of marginalized people of the South.