Internship — New York City Parks Department

It was good to speak with you Friday regarding our ongoing need for interns to assist with: the monuments catalogue, researching historical signs, research and authorship of new thematic texts for DPR website (see previous entries on line at: answering public inquiries and aiding with special projects.

Currently I have need for a highly motivated intern to assist with research to identify available images and information for an exhibition opening at the Arsenal June 23rd, entitled Before They Were Parks. The show will include case studies and types of properties around the city that have become parks, from private estates to cemeteries to former industrial sites. We have already canvassed all of our internal resources, and now need to procure images and information culled from external sources, from various archives to oral histories with former property owners etc. The outcome of this work will be a highly public exhibition that we hope will demonstrate how history informs the present, and illustrate the transformative scenarios that lead to the creation of our public parks, and the “readaptive use” of countless privately held sites around the city, that were converted into public amenities.

Please let me know if whether any students enrolled in your programs would be appropriate for and interested in working on this project.


Jonathan Kuhn

Director, Art & Antiquities

City of New York/Parks & Recreation

The Arsenal, Central Park

New York, New York 10065

Phone: (212) 360-3410

Fax: (212) 360-1373

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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