The Museum of the City of New York is currently seeking library school students interested in an archives/ special collections internship. Interns will work with both the Museum’s Theater Collection and 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:
The Museum’s Theater Collections document theatrical activity in New York City from the late 18th century to the present day. The intern will assist in a variety of ongoing projects including assessments of prints and photographs in the Collection. Tasks include updating object records in the Museum’s collections management database and re-housing objects into archival folders and boxes. Material types include books, design renderings, posters, manuscripts, photographs, phonograph records, and ephemera.
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.
Each internship requires a minimum commitment of two full days 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 and an interest in objects of material culture 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manuscripts and Reference Archivist
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029