Paid Internship: Dance & Theater Collections, Newberry Library

10 Jul 2018 1:53 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

TITLE:                      Midwest Dance and Theater Collections Intern

DEPARTMENT:      Department of Maps and Modern Manuscripts


This 15 week internship is funded by a private donor. Working in the Department of Maps and Modern Manuscripts under the supervision of Newberry archivists, the Midwest Dance and Theater Collections Intern will participate in preserving, arranging, re-housing, and describing Chicago dance and theater archives and manuscript collections. 


Under the supervision of Newberry archivists, the intern will participate in the following archival activities:

1.      Arrange and re-house materials in Chicago dance and theater collections according to archival practice.

2.      Apply appropriate preservation treatments to collection materials.  Treatments include, but are not limited to, surface cleaning, flattening, removal of fasteners, and photocopying.

3.      Prepare detailed descriptive inventories for collections in a format compatible with the archival professional standard, Encoded Archival Description (EAD).

4.      Participate in identifying analog audio-visual formats in the collections, preparing them for digitization, and creating metadata.



Graduate student in a master’s program in library and information sciences and/or public history with coursework in archival processing required.  Effective oral and written communication skills, experience working with primary sources, ability to work independently and in group settings, ability to shelve and lift archival boxes, and familiarity with computer applications required.  Academic focus on dance and theater history of Chicago and the Midwest preferred.  This position is ideal for an individual intending to work with primary sources as part of an academic career, or exploring the possibilities of archival work.

SCHEDULE:            150 hours (typically 10 hours/per week for 15 weeks).

DATES:                     Fall semester, with start date in mid-September.

SALARY:                  $12.50 per hour.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Judy Rayborn (

Newberry Library

60 West Walton Street

Chicago, Illinois 60610

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