Thursday, March 1, 2012

Internship - Black Metropolis Research Consortium

Color Curtain Processing Project Graduate Student Processing Internship
Summer 2012

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) is an unincorporated
Chicago- based association of libraries, universities, and other archival
institutions with major holdings of materials that document African
American and African Diaspora culture, history, and politics, with a
specific focus on materials relating to Chicago. The University of Chicago
serves as Host Institution to the BMRC.

The Color Curtain Processing Project

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded a
twenty-eight month “Hidden Collections” grant to the Black Metropolis
Research Consortium (BMRC) for the “Color Curtain Processing Project:
Unveiling the Archives of Chicago’s Black Metropolis”. The generosity of
CLIR will enable the BMRC to process over 10,000 linear feet of its
members’ primary resource collections related to African American History,
create EAD finding aids.

Job Responsibilities:

-Arrange and describe archival collections using the “More Product, Less
Process” method at select BMRC institutions.
-Create EAD finding aids for collections using Archivist’s Toolkit.
-Contribute to the project blog.

-Participate in the evaluation of the “Color Curtain Processing Project:
Unveiling the Archives of Chicago’s Black Metropolis”.

Applicants Must:

-Have some experience processing archival collections. Applicants who are
unable to demonstrate their processing experience will not be considered.
-Be available to work 40 hours per week.
-Be currently enrolled in a Library Science program or Archives and Records
Management program at time of hire.

-Be able to work well independently and in a team, possess the ability to
follow directions, work quickly, and achieve goals under strict time
constraints. -Possess knowledge of archival theory and best practices.
-Possess a strong interest in history and/or archives and special
collections. -Possess excellent organization skills and the ability to
achieve deadlines.

-Be capable of working for multiple supervisors and professionals in the
archival, library and museum field.
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-Be willing to travel to any of the BMRC institutions participating in this
project within the city of Chicago.
-Be capable of lifting 40 pounds.
-Pass a background check.


The BMRC/CLIR "Color Curtain Processing Project: Unveiling the Archives of
Chicago's Black Metropolis” project will run through July 2013. Summer
interns will be hired to work for 12 weeks between May 2012 and August
2012. A mandatory training session will be held during the first week of
the internship. The project team will be based at the BMRC office on the
campus of the University of Chicago.


$6,075 for 12-Week Internship

To Apply:

Submit a resume, a letter of interest, a short writing sample, and complete
contact information for two references to Bergis Jules (Project Director)
at with the subject “BMRC Color Curtain Processing
Project Summer Internship Application 2012.”

**Please make sure you follow all instructions when applying to avoid any
delays in the application review process.

**Application Deadline: March 26th, 2012.

Bergis Jules
Project Director/Archivist
Black Metropolis Research Consortium
University of Chicago
5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Office: 773-702-2388
Cell: 812-929-7624