Summer Archival Internships at Museum of the City of New York

Archival Internships
Museum of the City of New York
Summer 2011

Internship Description:

The Museum of the City of New York is currently seeking two library school students interested in a summer archives internship. Interns will work with the Museum’s Theater Collection or Manuscripts and Ephemera Collection and will have the opportunity to gain experience in cataloging, handling fragile objects, evaluating the condition of the object for conservation and preservation, collection processing, and/or writing finding aids.  Interns may assist with reference inquiries and the Museum’s ongoing digitization project, as needed. Projects will vary according to an individual’s skill set and interests.

About the Collections:

Theater Collection

The Museum’s Theater Collection documents theatrical activity in New York City from the late 18th century to the present day. Tracing the relationship between New York City and the theater, collection holdings include: over 5,000 costumes and props, costume renderings, theatrical posters and window cards, drawings and photographs of theatrical personalities, a Yiddish theater collection, and 17,000 folders documenting local productions since the 1800s.

Manuscripts and Ephemera Collection

These objects document the day-to-day life of New Yorkers over the last 300 years with the bulk of the materials dating to late 19th and early 20th centuries. The ephemera comprise a variety of formats, including print material such as menus, invitations, pamphlets, and handbills; textiles such as pennants, sashes, ties, and scarves; and three-dimensional artifacts such as badges, buttons, children’s identification tags, and promotional items. The manuscript collection includes papers of influential New Yorkers and their families.  The subject of the material encompasses a wide scope of events and subjects pertaining to development of New York City.

Requirements:

Each internship requires a minimum commitment of  one full day a week (7 hours), scheduled during the Monday – Friday workweek. Internships are unpaid. Preference will be given to students completing the internship for course credit.  Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Masters program for Library Science. Interns must be able to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.  Students with a focus in Archival Studies are encouraged to apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Theater Collections Archivist at mgarmon@mcny.org.

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