Tamimant/Wagner Summer Position Available — Communist Party




Number of positions available: 1

Hours: approximately 20 hours per week beginning in Summer 2010 with the possibility to continue into the Fall semester

Description of Responsibilities: The Tamiment Library/Wagner Labor Archives, located in Bobst Library, is seeking a graduate student to aid with processing the Communist Party, USA records. The student will assist the Archivist in a variety of tasks, though work will focus mainly on processing, arranging, and describing historical primary source materials. Work also includes some photocopying and word processing. The Tamiment Library/Wagner Labor Archives is a special collections library located in Bobst Library and is devoted to trade-union history and the history of radical political movements in the United States.

Skills Required: Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, and the ability to work efficiently and responsibly. Experience with primary source library research, processing archival collections, or an interest in U.S. history is desirable. Ability to lift heavy boxes is essential.

Comments: This is an excellent opportunity for a graduate student to experience working in the archival/library profession in an academic environment. The Archival Assistant will gain valuable practical experience in archival processing, arrangement, and description. It also offers a chance to learn more about the history of labor and radical movements by immersion in primary sources. Over time, the archival assistant will be called upon to exercise more independent judgment regarding these tasks.

Contact Information: Interested candidates should email a resume to:

Jillian Cuellar
CPUSA Processing Archivist

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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