Wilberforce, OH: Paid Summer Archival Internship, Payne Theological Seminary

Job Opening Title: Summer Archival Internship
Institution/Organization Name: Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom Library, Payne Theological Seminary
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Wilberforce, Ohio
Application Deadline: April 14, 2015
Years of experience required: 0

Payne Theological Seminary has one paid internship position available for a graduate student interested in archives and records management in an academic library setting. This internship variety of experiences in processing archival collections and curating digital archives with professional level duties.

Site Description: The Archives at the Payne Theological Seminary Archives documents and preserves the history of Payne Theological Seminary, the African Methodist Episcopal Church and surrounding communities. Holdings available to researchers include artifacts, books, and manuscripts.

Payne Theological Seminary, founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1844, is dedicated to the preparation of African American and other leaders for ministry in the traditions of liberation, reconciliation, social justice, and the dignity of all humankind. Payne Theological Seminary is located in the historic and scenic city of Wilberforce, Ohio, home to Wilberforce University, Central State University, and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. Payne, the oldest freestanding African American seminary in the world, having been mandated in 1894 by its sponsor, the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC), Payne Theological Seminary is pleased to serve today as one of the denomination’s primary archival centers.

Tasks: Field experience students with archival experience will participate in the arrangement and description of archival and manuscript collections, creating and/or editing metadata in support of digital collections, encoding finding aids, authoring contextual essays, cataloging rare materials and other sources in the Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom Library 20 hours a week. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an Ohio area archives management program. Both Public History and MLS students are encouraged to apply. Paid internship placement can be extended to December 2015 for local candidate.

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2015

Anticipated Start: May 2015 (negotiable)

Stipend: $2,400

Housing: Not provided

The internship is located at the Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom Memorial Library, Payne Theological Seminary, 1230 Wilberforce-Clifton Rd. Wilberforce, Ohio 45384. Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest, résumé, and
contact information for three references to Shaneé Yvette Murrain, Seminary Archivist via email at smurrain(at)payne.edu

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