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Summer Internship -- Princeton University -- Mudd Manuscript Library


Summer/Fall 2011 Fellowship Available 

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library - Princeton University Library


The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a unit of Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, is pleased to offer the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Archival Fellowship for graduate students. This fellowship is designed to provide a summer or fall semester work experience for a graduate student interested in pursuing an archival career. The fellow will undertake an arrangement and description project, take part in reference operations, and participate in other library activities. Funds for this fellowship are provided by a bequest from Janet Avery Dulles.


The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library is a state-of-the-art repository housing the Princeton University Archives and a highly-regarded collection of twentieth-century public policy papers. The 35,000 linear feet of archival and manuscript material in its possession are widely used by local, national, and international researchers. More than 2,000 visitors use Mudd Library's reading room each year, and its staff field some 3,000 electronic, mail, and telephone inquiries annually. A vigorous processing program, the exploitation of new technologies, and an emphasis on public service have ensured that Mudd Library's collections are ever more accessible and usable.


More information about the library can be found at:


In addition, information about the program and past fellows can be found at:


The 2011 Fellow will spend time arranging and describing a collection from the Princeton University Archives or the library's public policy papers collection.  Following an orientation period, the fellow will also provide reference assistance to researchers, either in person, by phone, or in writing. In addition, the fellow will be exposed to the administrative aspects of a manuscript library, and may participate in other activities, including digitization and metadata creation, and exhibitions.


A $550/week payment accompanies the ten to twelve-week fellowship program, which may be started as early as May.  In addition, travel, registration, and hotel costs to the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting in August will be reimbursed.


Requirements: Successful completion of at least twelve graduate semester hours or equivalent applied toward an advanced degree in the following fields: archival administration; library or information studies; museum studies; American history; or American studies. At least twelve undergraduate semester hours or equivalent in American history preferred. Demonstrated interest in the archival profession.

Applicants must be detail-oriented, have good organizational and communication skills, and be able to lift a 30-pound box.


The Library highly encourages applicants from under-represented communities to apply.


Please note: University housing will not be available to the successful candidate. Interested applicants should consider their housing options carefully and may wish to consult the online campus bulletin board at for more information on this topic.


To apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work, and two letters of recommendation to:


Dan Santamaria, Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services 

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library

65 Olden Street

Princeton, NJ 08540


Applications must be received by March 7, 2011. The successful candidate will be notified in late March.

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