Archival Processing Internship

Archival Processing Internship

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      Patrick DaglarisPatrick Daglaris

      Position Summary

      The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Archival Processing Intern reports to the Assistant Director of the Helmerich Center for American Research and under the direction of Gilcrease Museum’s Head Archivist and Librarian, will provide crucial support to the IMLS Cares Act Grant project by assisting with the processing, arranging, and cataloging of the Eddie Faye Gates Tulsa Race Massacre Collection. The selected candidate will gain experience handling objects, collection arrangement and description, and evaluating materials for conservation treatment. All equipment and training will be provided by Gilcrease Museum’s Head Archivist and Librarian. Work will be conducted in the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum. This is a part-time, position of 20 hours per week for a period of up to two years and is contingent upon grant funds being received.

      Gilcrease Museum was recently awarded funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a two-year project, “From Trauma to Resilience: Learning from the Eddie Faye Gates Collection.” The collection is gift of Tulsan Eddie Faye Gates and reflects the life, legacy and work of a leading African American teacher, author and community activist who labored to recover the forgotten voices of survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The archive contains eyewitness accounts, photographs, recorded survivor stories and other narratives of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. This award will fund research, cataloging, digitization, programming and educational efforts surrounding the Eddie Faye Gates collection in order to make virtually accessible first-hand accounts and lessons from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It also enables community partners to play an integral role in tagging and cataloging activities and supports an inaugural teacher institute inspired by the collection.
      Characteristic Duties

      Assesses the Eddie Faye Gates Tulsa Race Massacre Collection
      Processes collections, including physical arrangement according to archival principals, with re-housing in archival enclosures
      Inventories and describes materials, creating collection guides and other basic finding aids with appropriate index terms
      Enters appropriate metadata records into ArchivesSpace
      Researches and assists researchers with people or events covered by the EFG Tulsa Race Massacre Collection
      Communicates and collaborates with Gilcrease interns, researchers, and staff
      Attends processing meetings to participate in collective assessment of finding aids and project discussions
      Performs additional duties as assigned.

      Minimum Qualifications

      An Associate degree from, or currently enrolled in, an accredited college or university. Knowledge of 19th and 20th century American history; knowledge of historical sources, including books, correspondence, audio/video recordings, photographs, indexes, microforms, and databases. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge or interest in the histories of Oklahoma, Tulsa, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and American Indian removal period. Undergraduate and graduate-level students with a focus in archival studies, museum studies, history, historic preservation or library and information science are encouraged to apply. Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills, knowledge of basic archival principles and philosophy; excellent communication skills and ability to work with people with patience and courtesy; Ability to take direction well and work independently. Proficient with Microsoft Office software and databases, data entry experience. Experience with ArchivesSpace a plus.

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