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Manuscripts Division Archival Fellowship

Manuscripts Division
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Curator of Manuscripts

The Manuscripts Division, a unit of Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, is proud to offer the 2018 Manuscripts Division Archival Fellowship. This fellowship provides a summer of work experience for a current or recent graduate student interested in pursuing an archival career. For more information about the Manuscripts Division visit:

Fellowship Description: The 2018 Fellow will gain experience in technical services, with a focus this year on arrangement and description of manuscript collections, including hybrid collections with born-digital and audiovisual materials. Additional projects may include assisting with reference and imaging services work. The Fellow will work under the guidance of the of the Manuscripts Division processing team, which includes the Lead Processing Archivist and Project Archivist for Americana Manuscript Collections.

The Manuscripts Division of Rare Books and Special Collections is located in Firestone Library, Princeton University’s main library, and holds over 14,000 linear feet of materials covering five thousand years of recorded history and all parts of the world, with collecting strengths in Western Europe, the Near East, the United States, and Latin America. The Fellow will primarily work with the Division’s expansive literary collections, the papers of former Princeton faculty, and collections relating to the history of the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The ten- to twelve-week fellowship program, which may be started as early as May, provides a stipend of $950 per week. In addition, travel, registration, and hotel costs to the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting in August will be covered by Princeton.

Requirements: This fellowship is open to current graduate students or recent graduates (within one year of graduation). Successful completion of at least twelve graduate semester hours (or the equivalent) applied toward an advanced degree in archives, library or information management, literature, American history/studies, or other humanities discipline, public history, 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 a humanities discipline and/or foreign language skills are preferred.

The Library highly encourages applicants from under-represented 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 12, 2018. Video interviews will be conducted with the top candidates, and the successful candidate will be notified by April 20th.

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.




Kathryn (Kat) Antonelli (University of South Carolina) was the Manuscripts Division’s inaugural summer archival fellow. Working alongside the manuscripts processing team, Kat processed and created finding aids for the Albert Bensoussan Correspondence with Latin American Writers and the James P. Kimball Papers and processed portions of the John Ennis Papers. She also processed born-digital content from floppy disks in the Toni Morrison Papers and optical media in the Juan Gelman Papers; surveyed legacy audiovisual media from Manuscripts Division collections; and conducted quality control for the Latin American Collections audiovisual digitization pilot project.


In collaboration with Mudd Library’s summer fellows Valencia Johnson and Will Clements, Kat also conducted a survey and research project concerning access to born-digital records. The fellows discussed their findings in a lightning talk at the SNAP (Students and New Archives Professionals) roundtable meeting at the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.


Post-fellowship, Kat traveled to Hawaii, where she was the 2017 Roselani Summer Intern at ‘Ulu‘ulu: The Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawai‘i. Kat currently resides in Philadelphia and is completing her Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of South Carolina, with a focus on Archives & Preservation and Digital Image Management.