Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library – Columbia University – Spring and Summer Internships

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library is accepting applications for unpaid internships in its special collection departments. These internships will provide students with experience in assessing, re-housing, and cataloging rare books, ephemeral collections, architectural drawings and archival materials. Interns will learn by working with Avery’s expert staff of curators, librarians and archivists, and will also be guided by Columbia University Libraries’ conservation, cataloging and metadata teams.

  • Avery Classics (rare books) Internships – Contact: Carolyn Yerkes, Curator  cyy9@columbia.edu
  • Trade Catalog Intern: catalog and rehouse the Trade Catalog Collection, which is one of the largest collections of catalogs of the American building trades
  • American View Books Intern: catalog and house the American View Book Collection, which includes books, pamphlets, and brochures that document cities, towns, and buildings throughout the United States
  • Avery Department of Drawings and Archives Internships – Contact: Janet Parks, Curator  jsp1@columbia.edu
  • Edgar Tafel Intern: assist project archivist with processing Edgar Tafel’s architectural drawings and archives. The Edgar Tafel archives document his career as well as his close relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright. Tafel wrote three books and lectured extensively about Wright and frequently consulted on the preservation of Wright projects. The archives include files from Tafel?s own work and papers relating to his role as Wright historian. Intern will also process small collection and create MARC collection record.
  • Abe Feder Intern: assist Avery Archivist with processing the archives of the prominent lighting designer Abe Feder. His career spanned two areas: theatrical lighting and architectural illumination. The Feder archives focuses on his architectural career and includes a wide variety of document types. Intern will also process small collection and create MARC collection record.

Terms of internship:

Availability:   Spring 2012, Summer 2012

Work hours:     Minimum of 10-15 hours per week for full semester Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location:       Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library on Columbia’s Morningside Campus


Application:    Please send cover letter and resume to contacts listed above.