The Seiler Curatorial Internship was established in memory of Nadia Sophie Seiler. Nadia’s passion for books and libraries began at an early age—when she was 4, she turned her room into a library and issued every member of her family library cards. Her love of words and language led her to Carleton College, where she wrote her senior thesis on the works of Joyce and Nabokov; her other passions included ancient Greek, French, and her cello. After college, Nadia worked in publishing in New York, then earned her MLIS at the University of Michigan, beginning work as a cataloger at the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2007. She was named Rare Materials Cataloger at the Folger in 2011 and, thanks to her language background and passion for puzzles, she became a leading paleographer of “secretary hand.” Working with some of the most complex manuscripts, ephemera, and oddities of the early modern era, Nadia contributed thousands of MARC records to the Folger database. Just before her death in 2014, she was promoted to Senior Cataloger. In Nadia’s memory, the Nadia Sophie Seiler Fund is dedicated to creating opportunities for early career librarians. You can read more at www.nadiasophieseiler.org
Internship stipend o Stipend for 12 weeks: $8,400 to be paid in three installments, at the beginning, midpoint, and end of the internship. o Additional travel allowance, to and from Worcester: $1,000. o Additional allowance for conference attendance, travel, meals: $2,400.
On campus housing provided
Summer 2020 (approximately mid-May through mid-August 2020)
Internship description This newly-created internship at AAS will allow the participant to work in the Society’s manuscript collection. The strengths of the Society’s manuscripts holdings (primarily pre-1900) are New England diaries, papers of New England families and businesses, and American book trades (printing, publishing, bookselling). The ideal candidate will have an interest or background in the history of the book and/or the material culture of manuscripts.
The Seiler Curatorial Intern will learn o The care and handling of rare materials o How libraries collect through purchase, donation, and opportunity o How cataloging standards work and why they are used o How to match resources to the readers who need them
In order to achieve these goals, the intern will work closely with the Curator of Manuscripts, sit in on collection development meetings, learn the process of how AAS chooses what to acquire, and assist in researching items that are available for sale. The intern will learn how to process and catalog manuscript collections related to the history of book trades and will promote and share collections they work with via AAS social media, blog posts, and with researchers in the library. By the end of the internship the Seiler Intern will have completed at least one finding aid and MARC record for a manuscript collection. The intern will be supervised by the Chief Curator.
The Seiler Curatorial Intern will have the opportunity and the support to attend a relevant conference with AAS colleagues, for example the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the American Library Association (Bloomington, Indiana, July 2020) or the Society of American Archivists conference (Chicago, August 2020).
The Seiler intern will have opportunities to engage with fellows, scholars, readers and staff in the reading room, through lunchtime colloquia, weekly staff talks, and summer seminars. The Seiler intern will have opportunities to engage with fellows, scholars, readers and staff in the reading room, through lunchtime colloquia, weekly staff talks, and summer seminars.
Internship qualifications Candidates will either be enrolled in library school or in a graduate program in history or art history. Candidates will harbor a healthy curiosity about early American life, history and culture.
An ability to read cursive is required. Training in early handwriting (17th century) will be provided, if necessary.
The Seiler Intern will be part of a lively community of scholars, curators and librarians as well as a cohort of other summer staff in various departments at the Society. Brief conservation training will be conducted.
Language skills Ability to read, understand, speak and write in Standard English; Ability to communicate effectively in English with individuals in person, over the telephone, and via the printed work
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: on campus housing provided
$1000 travel allowance to /from Worcester
About American Antiquarian Society
Founded in 1812, the American Antiquarian Society is a learned society that supports a preeminent national research library specializing in American history, life, and culture from settlement through the year 1876. The library serves a world-wide community of scholars. The Society is committed to maintaining a level of outstanding reference service to its readers and other library constituents that has been our hallmark for decades.
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