Helena, MT: Paid Harold F. Hammersley Photograph Collection Intern, Montana Historical Society

Job Opening Title: Harold F. Hammersley Photograph Collection Intern

Employer Name: Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives

Job Location: Helena, Montana

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Salary Range: $6,000 for 400 hours

Years of experience required: None

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives seeks an intern to perform archival work on a 10-week project arranging and describing a small historical photograph collection. This is a great opportunity to work with professional certified archivists at a large photograph archives with over 1.2 million photographs, including definitive collections of western photographers F. Jay Haynes, Evelyn Cameron, L. A. Huffman, and Barbara Van Cleve. This internship is funded through the generosity of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation (www.hammersleyfoundation.org).

Qualifications required: B.A. in a relevant field (History, English, Photography, etc.)

Qualifications desired: academic work in a relevant graduate degree program (MLIS or MA) with demonstrated knowledge of archival principles and practices, as well as demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in photography.

Project description: The Hammersley intern will fully arrange and describe the Harold F. Hammersley Photograph Collection and perform substantial digitization of the materials. The collection consists of 117 nitrate film negatives (3 ½ x 6 in.), 200 vintage and copy photographic prints, and 495 photographic prints (some cyanotype) mounted on paper in an 11 x 14 in. leather-bound album. These photos, mostly taken by amateur photographer Harold F. Hammersley, are views of Tongue River Irrigation Project activities, canal and headgate construction at various locations, Northern Cheyenne Indian portraits, cattle roundups and dipping, Captain Brown’s 3 Circle Ranch, US Reclamation Service facilities and operations at Ballantine and Huntley, MT, cowboys and cowgirls posed and at work. It also includes personal photos from the Hammersley honeymoon trip of Chiloquin and Portland, OR; Myers Falls and Long Beach, WA; and San Francisco and Catalina Island, CA, as well as portraits of the Hammersley family.

Payment and Terms of Internship: The intern will receive $15 per hour for a total of 400 hours, or ten weeks of full-time work (40 hours per week) for a total of $6,000. Starting and ending dates are negotiable but work generally would be carried out from the end of May through the beginning of August 2022.

Application Process: Applications should include: 1) A letter of application stating how your education, work and/or volunteer experience, and personal interests qualify you for this project; 2) A résumé or curriculum vitae (CV); and 3) The name, title, and contact info (e-mail address and phone #) for two references able to speak to your qualifications for this internship. References will be contacted during the selection process.

The deadline for application is Friday, April 1 (postmarked or emailed by 11:59 PM MDT). Please submit all inquiries, letters of application, and résumés or CVs to photoarchives@mt.gov or Jeff Malcomson, Photograph Archives Manager, Montana Historical Society, P.O. Box 201201, Helena, MT 59620-1201.

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