ACLU Archives Internship

Internship – ACLU National Office Archives, New York, NY

The Archives and Records Management Office of the ACLU National Office, located in downtown Manhattan, is seeking an intern for the spring semester.

The ACLU National Archives maintains records from the founding of the organization in 1920, and does its part to support the ACLU’s mission: to defend the United States Constitution, in particular the Bill of Rights. The primary goal of the Archives is to ensure access to our records through the application of sound records management and archival principles. In addition to the nearly 1,600 boxes of records we keep onsite, we have an extensive ephemera, publication, photograph, and audio visual collection.

We are looking for interns to assist on a variety of projects, including, but not limited to:

Processing archival collections
Updating existing Finding Aids for ongoing collections
Developing reference skills
Digitization of paper records and archives

Projects will be assigned to interns based upon their interests and experience. Students with an interest in archives and records management centers in non-traditional library settings are encouraged to apply.

Interns will also have the opportunity to learn from Archives staff during certain projects, such as staff training, document destruction, and software implementation meetings. The Archives has moved into renovated state-of-the-art archival facility this year, and we still have collections to arrange and organize in the new space.

We are asking for a minimum commitment of at least 1 day a week, during the regular 9:30 -5:00 workday, Monday – Friday, for a total minimum commitment of 100 hours over the semester. (We will consider two four-hour shifts per week on two separate days for eligible candidates.) Candidates must be currently enrolled in a MLS/MLIS program.
This is a volunteer internship.

Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume or direct any questions to:

Lindsay Turley, Assistant Archivist

The ACLU Offices are located at:
125 Broad St.
New York, NY 10004

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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