John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Archival Fellowship

Princeton, NJ
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Created: January 15, 2016


The Mudd Manuscript Library, a unit of Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, offers the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Archival Fellowship for one graduate student each year. This fellowship provides a summer of work experience for a graduate student interested in pursuing an archival career. For information about the Mudd Manuscript Library visit: 

The 2016 Fellow will gain experience in both technical and public services. The Fellow will work under the guidance of the Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services, the Assistant University Archivist for Public Services, and the Digital Archivist.  Projects for 2016 include:  conducting a survey of audio visual materials held within the University Archives and Public Policy Papers, researching and creating policies and procedures for web archiving quality control, and enhancing subject access to Mudd’s collections. Additionally, the Fellow will participate in the reference rotation, as well as conduct research for and assist in the installation of one or more exhibits. Previous fellows and their work are listed at

The Mudd Library is a state-of-the-art repository housing the Princeton University Archives and a highly regarded collection of 20th-century public policy papers. The more than 35,000 linear feet of archival and manuscript material 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 2,000 electronic, mail, and telephone inquiries annually. A progressive processing program, the use of new technologies, and an emphasis on access and public service have ensured that Mudd Library’s collections are ever more available.

The ten- to twelve-week fellowship program, which may be started as early as May, provides a stipend of $775 per week. 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 the equivalent) applied toward an advanced degree in archives, library or information management, American history, American studies, or museum studies; demonstrated interest in the archival profession; and good organizational and communication skills. At least twelve undergraduate semester hours (or the equivalent) in American history is preferred. The Library highly encourages applicants from underrepresented communities to apply.

To apply : Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation to: Applications must be received by Monday, March 7, 2016. Skype interviews will be conducted with the top candidates, and the successful candidate will be notified by April 15.

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 for more information on this topic.


Published: Friday, January 15, 2016 09:26 UTC

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