The Mudd Manuscript Library, a unit of Princeton University Library’s Department of Special Collections, offers the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Archival Fellowship for one graduate student (or recent graduate) each year. This fellowship provides a summer of work experience for those interested in pursuing an archival career. For more information about the Mudd Manuscript Library visit: https://library.princeton.edu/special-collections/mudd.
The 2022 Fellow will gain experience in both technical and public services, working under the guidance of archivists from both teams. Projects for 2022 may include: a research project on implementing reparative description, processing/reprocessing work on both analog and digital collections, and participation in the reference rotation. Previous Fellows and their work can be found on our website.
The Mudd Library stewards the Princeton University Archives and a collection of 20th-century public policy papers. The more than 35,000 linear feet of archival and manuscript material are widely used by local, national, and international researchers. More than 2,000 visitors use Mudd Library’s reading room each year, and its staff field some 3,000 electronic, mail, and telephone inquiries annually. A progressive processing program, the use of new technologies, and an emphasis on access and public service have ensured that Mudd Library’s collections are ever more accessible.
The 10- to 12-week fellowship, which may be started as early as May, provides a stipend of $1000 per week. In addition, costs related to attending a professionally-related, national conference will be covered. Details on travel and in-person attendance will depend on University guidance regarding current Covid-19 protocols.
Requirements: Successful completion of at least 12 graduate semester hours (or the equivalent) applied toward an advanced degree in archives, library or information management, American history, American studies, or museum studies. Applicants within one year of obtaining their graduate degree are also eligible to apply. Demonstrated interest in the archival profession; good organizational and communication skills; and a willingness and commitment to learn new tools/applications. Experience with processing and reference, as well as familiarity with ArchivesSpace, preferred. The Library highly encourages applicants who identify as a member of a group (or groups) underrepresented in the library and archives field. These include—but are not limited to—people of Hispanic or Latinx, Black or African-American, Asian, Middle Eastern, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, First Nations, American Indian, or Alaskan Native descent as well as people with disabilities, first generation college graduates, and/or those who identify as LGBTQIA+.
To apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Any questions about the application process or position can be sent to the same email. Applications must be received by Monday, March 7, 2022 at 11pm. Interviews will be conducted (via phone and/or video) with selected candidates and the successful candidate will be notified by April 8, 2022.
Please note: University housing will not be available to the successful candidate. Interested applicants should consider their housing options carefully and may wish to consult the Tiger ReTail, the online campus bulletin board or the Princeton University Off-campus Housing website for more information on this topic.