Gilder Lehrman Collection Fall 2017 Curatorial Internship

Curatorial Intern
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a New York-based national nonprofit
devoted to the teaching and learning of American history. Gilder Lehrman draws on top
scholars, an unparalleled collection of original historical documents, and a national network of
affiliate schools to create and provide a broad range of innovative resources, help new
generations of students learn about American history in a way that is engaging and memorable,
and promotes critical thinking and excellent writing.

About the Gilder Lehrman Collection
The Gilder Lehrman Collection is a unique archive of primary sources in American history. Held
by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and located at the New-York Historical
Society, the Collection includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed
books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera that document the political, the social, and
the economic history of the United States. An extensive resource for educators, students, and
scholars, the Collection ranges from 1493 through the twentieth century and is widely
considered one of the nation’s great archives in the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum,
and Civil War periods.

This internship will provide a strong foundation in multiple aspects of the museum and archives
profession. Interns will be trained in object handling, museum education, and cataloging.
Applicants should have a strong interest in American History and be considering a career in
museum studies or archives.
Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

Process and Cataloging World War II archives

  • Process and organize archives of World War II letters and ephemera
  • Provide item level cataloging with a summary description
  • Scan materials
  • Conduct background research

Required skills include:

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of basic collections care and management practices a plus
  • Basic knowledge of PastPerfect collections management software a plus

Hours: Part-Time, Monday–Friday, 10 hours per week
Supervisor: Beth Huffer, Curator of Books and Manuscripts