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"Bridge across Hess Creek Canyon, leading the the Hartley house, circa 1885." George Fox University Photographs. GFU.01.09. George Fox University Archives. Murdock Library. George Fox University.
Unknown, "Students in Airplane, 1946." Linfield College Archives Photograph Collection. Image. Submission 113.
"Dr. Henry Fielding Reed leading a Mazama party down the soon-to-be-named Reed Glacier on Mount Hood, 1901." Mazama Library and Historical Collections, VM1993.020 Mt Hood, 1901.
Oregon Metro Archives.
"Deputy Seth Davidson rides his motorcycle up Beacon Rock on March 18, 1930. From the records of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office." Multnomah County Archives.
"Mount Hood from Lost Lake, circa 1910." Kiser Photo Co. photographs, Org. Lot 140, bb000223, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
“University of Oregon Medical School football team, 1894,” OHSU Digital Commons, accessed August 16, 2018.
"Old Fort Road Campus, circa 1950s," University Archives, Oregon Institute of Technology.
"Belle Bloom Gevurtz, Sarah Goodman, Ophelia Goodman, Helen Goodman, Lillian Heldfond, and Ann Zaik at Cannon Beach, circa 1914," Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, OJM2996.
"Men repairing the dome of Congregation Beth Israel building on NW Flanders St., designed in 1925 by Herman Brookman, 1981," Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, OJM9966.
"View of OAC from Lower Campus, 1909." Oregon State University Archives and Special Collections.
"Woman with Child, n.d.," C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana. Joseph Henry Sharp Photograph Collection.
"Green Lake Park, 1985." Seattle Arts Commission. [Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs]. Seattle Municipal Archives.
"Aerial view of Century 21 World's Fair, 1962." City Light Negatives, Seattle Municipal Archives.
"PH037_b089_S00208," Angelus Studio photographs, 1880s-1940s, University of Oregon. Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives.
"Students studying in the library, University of Washington, circa 1908-1909," Arthur Dean University of Washington Photograph Album, PH Coll 903, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
Asahel Curtis, "Forest ranger cabin in the Olympic National Forest in the Elwha Valley, 1924." Conservation Department, Planning and Development division, Lantern Slide Shows, Washington State Archives.
Asahel Curtis, "Stacking alfalfa hay near Grandview, circa 1925." Conservation Department, Planning and Development division, Lantern Slide Shows, Washington State Archives.
"Inauguration of Governor Ferry, November 11, 1889." Rogers (photographer), Inauguration of Governor Ferry Photographs, 1889, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.
Asahel Curtis, "Yakima Pears." Washington State Library collection of photographs by Asahel Curtis, circa 1920-1940 (MS 0544-29).
"Student in Professor Frank Chalfant's Phonetics Laboratory," 1912. The lab was an early precursor to today's Foreign Language Lab. Washington State University Lantern Slides collection.
Bill Phillips, "Wheel Shop employees in Livingston during the last days of Livingston BN Shops," Park County." Yellowstone Gateway Museum.

News & announcements

  • 22 Mar 2019 11:55 AM | Rachael Woody (Administrator)

    $15.00/hour - temporary

    The Oregon Historical Society is currently accepting applications for a Digital Collections Assistant.  This is a good opportunity for a current or prospective archives student to gain experience and understanding of digitization and metadata creation processes, while helping to support the OHS Digital Collections. 

    The Digital Collections Assistant assists with digitization and metadata creation for the Oregon Historical Society's digital collections.

    This position is non-exempt, part time, and temporary with a schedule of 10 hours per week through December 31, 2019. The position does not qualify for benefits.  The position does not provide relocation assistance. 

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Digitize a variety of library materials, including photographic and manuscript materials.
    2. Create metadata for digitized materials in accordance with OHS library procedures and adopted standards.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Digitizes photographs, documents and other archival materials using digital imaging and editing software, including Silverfast and Photoshop.
    • Creates original or copy metadata for archival materials.
    • Rehouses archival materials.
    • Reports progress and statistics to Digital Collections Manager on a monthly and as-needed basis.
    • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
    • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
    • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, visitors and volunteers and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
    • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

    This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

    EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

    Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent in history or related subject from a two-year college; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor's degree in history or related subject strongly preferred. 

    Required experience:

    • Demonstrated experience using digital camera equipment, flatbed scanners, and associated software to digitize print and photographic materials.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel.
    • Knowledge of archival description and metadata standards.
    • Tolerance for repetitive tasks. 

    Preferred experience:

    • Familiarity with professional archival and special collections library procedures, including collections handling, preservation, and security.
    • Experience with processing, describing, digitizing, and preserving visual and media archival collections.
    • Knowledge of historical research methods, especially the use of archives.
    • Knowledge of Oregon, Pacific Northwest or U.S. history is preferred.
    • Knowledge of the Oregon Historical Society Library's collections and procedures.

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

    Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and technical procedures. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees or organization. 

    MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

    Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. 

    COMPUTER SKILLS

    Job requires specialized computer skills. Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, graphics, word processing, presentation creation/editing, communicate by email and use scheduling software.  Knowledge of digital imaging and photo editing software such as Silverfast and Photoshop preferred.  Familiarity with archival description and content management systems preferred.  Proficiency with using online searching techniques, and with resources such as with search engines, WorldCat, Library of Congress Authorities, and archival finding aids required. 

    REASONING ABILITY

    Ability to solve practical problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to describe and interpret visual materials. 

    CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

    Acceptable documents to establish identity and employment authorization and the ability to pass a background check. Valid driver license. 

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds unassisted.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Able to exercise care and handling of fragile and/or large objects. 

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles such as dust.  The position occasionally requires the employee to work near moving mechanical parts. 

    This position will work as needed between the OHS facility in downtown Portland and the Gresham Support Facility (GSF) as assigned. 

    May be required to work in a confined space shared with other workers and/or volunteers. May be required to work alone in a large warehouse space.


  • 22 Mar 2019 11:54 AM | Rachael Woody (Administrator)

    Would you like some help putting together archival educational programing in your area? If so, then don’t wait to apply for funding from the Continuing Education Fund (up to $500 per award / one for each state). This fund was developed to help groups of archivists get local events, trainings, and workshops off the ground and bring programming to your area.

    Here are some ideas:

    Unconferences – This could be material costs, space rental, speaker/moderator fees, etc.

    Workshops / Trainings / Webinars – This could easily pay for one which you could share. Maybe a group of you are trying to get Digital Archives Specialization (from SAA). You could pay for a webinar to watch in public. You could bring in an in-person SAA workshop or one from some other organization.

    Speaker funds – Bring in an archivist to speak in your area on your own. This could be locally or from anywhere really.

    Symposia – This could be used for materials, space rental, or speaker fees.

    What it doesn’t cover:

    Individual costs for conference attendance, equipment purchases (unless such equipment is required for learning and available to all participants afterwards), and/or food or beverages. The Continuing Education Fund is designed for proposals that benefit multiple members, not just one. If you’d like to apply for individual scholarships, see theAt-Large StudentProfessional DevelopmentAnnual Meeting Workshop, and Native American Collections Roundtable.

    If you’d like to see successful applications, please see our google drive: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jMC-z7fYX8QIjBi_8_Jdnn8pi1h6moeI  

    See our website for more information: http://northwestarchivists.org/Continuing-Education-Fund  or contact Joshua Zimmerman Joshua.zimmerman@seattlearch.org

     


  • 19 Mar 2019 5:41 PM | Rachael Woody (Administrator)

    Who: This survey is for archivists, those in roles adjacent to archivists (librarians, records managers, curators, etc.), those who have left the profession, and those who are new and trying to enter the profession. This survey is estimated to take 15 minutes and is composed mostly of multiple choice or check boxes.

    Survey Link: https://goo.gl/forms/cBzFI9TSr5wXWjBv1. The survey closes April 30, 2019.

    Background: Rachael Woody and Max Johnson are working on a multi-year project to determine the value of archivists in the Pacific Northwest. The team has gathered job description data from the last five-years, combed through related survey data, and conducted a literature review. Two issues have been identified from this work: 1. The Pacific NW as a whole is under-represented in surveys and literature; and 2. There is indication that a devaluation is occurring in the field with stagnant salaries, lack of mid-career jobs, and the addition of responsibilities without commensurate pay. 

    Action: In order to understand the devaluation of the archivist more information must be gathered. Please help us understand this issue by filling out this survey. The results are confidential and the questions are constructed so that participants can identify to the level of detail they feel comfortable. You'll also notice we don't ask you to identify your state in order to help anonymize your response. Information from this survey will be added to existing data. 

    Next steps: The team will collate the findings, publish articles, and deliver presentations (expected in 2020). 

    Thank you!

    Rachael & Max


  • 14 Mar 2019 9:25 AM | Rachael Woody (Administrator)

    NWA is exploring the possibility of supporting an NWA internship fund to provide scholarships to students or grants to organizations to pay interns a living wage. 

    Action: Please email Rachael Woody if you're interested in joining this exploratory committee: consulting@rachaelcristine.com.

    Problem: Unpaid internships are a problem. In the last few years I've become less and less tolerant of the field's current practice of forcing the next wave of archivists to go into debt in order to gain the field experience they need. 

    First Problem: Unpaid internships is an outdated and unethical practice, and it's inherently classicist with racist implications.

    Second Problem: Many institutions in the Pacific NW rely on internships to complete project work. While some do have resources to fund internships, many others do not.

    Solution: This is a huge, societal, beyond-the-archives problem. But, NWA can set the example for how we can combat unethical practices, support interns, and assist under-resourced institutions.

    What's the Cost?: This may fluctuate dependent upon State rates and taxes, but I estimate it to be a $5000 cost to host a full-time intern for 3-months (Summer). 

    Who?: I envision this as being traditional and at an archives repository. The focus geared toward "new to the profession" people who have some education but need experience.

    How Do We Choose?: In my mind, I think this may actually work better by having organizations apply for the funds (a grant) and then they oversee hiring and pay disbursement. This would allow NWA to vet the proposed projects and help to ensure that it's a good internship experience. 

    How Do We Fund It?: Rachael Cristine Consulting LLC (my business) can commit to funding an initial internship at $2000-$2500. In order to encourage institutions to build a path towards ethical internships and to help build a sustainable effort, I believe the participating institutions should also contribute (from their budget, donors, or a grant) and co-sponsor the internship. Also, I believe there are other financial avenues we can explore.

    Why NWA?: The reason I think NWA could/should house the intern scholarship/grant is because: it's a nonprofit, it's more accessible/visible to organizations and interns, and it would demonstrate that organizations such as NWA (and SAA - I'm looking at you) can be part of the solution when it comes to unpaid internships. 

    What Will the Committee Do?: Right now I'm seeking members who can assist me with creating this new model. There will be conversations, research, and decisions that will ultimately lead to a proposal for the NWA Board to consider. There are many questions and logistics to figure out in order to construct an opportunity that is beneficial for everyone.

    Timeline: The exploratory committee will form and have at least one (1) call in April, and one (1) in-person meeting at the NWA 2019 Annual Conference. It is my hope that we solidify the idea and process, and seek NWA Board approval  by end of Summer 2019, promote & educate to solicit applications in Fall 2019, review applications in Winter 2020, and announce in time for the organization to put out a call to hire an intern in early-Spring 2020.

    Is this a 1x or Ongoing?: I think we need to test it and see how we like it. It would be wonderful if it was ongoing, but I would like a test-run first.

    Why is Rachael Cristine Consulting LLC Involved?: I personally feel very passionate about this issue and I want to be a part of the solution. While RCC will contribute funds, RCC will not monetarily benefit or use this opportunity. Rachael Woody (me) will serve on the exploratory committee and will voluntary assist with pursuing this idea.

    Thank you,

    Rachael

    Owner & Consultant

    Rachael Cristine Consulting LLC

    (503)922-3402

    rachaelcristine.com


  • 06 Mar 2019 10:59 AM | Rachael Woody (Administrator)

    Oregon State University Libraries is hiring a Metadata and Digitization Technician to create, review, and edit metadata for digital objects from the OSU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Research Center, and to ingest the objects into Oregon Digital. This position also assists the SCARC Digital Production Unit (DPU) Supervisor with the day to day operations of the unit, including digitization of archival materials, overseeing the work of student assistants, and compiling departmental statistics. Finally, this position will be cross-trained to assist on an as-needed basis with the deposit of materials into ScholarsArchive, the OSU Libraries’ scholarly digital repository.

    The full position listing is available here: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/73033 


  • 05 Mar 2019 7:50 AM | Rachael Woody (Administrator)

    SAA's Issues and Advocacy Section is seeking participants for a survey on the use of temporary labor in archives. This survey is open to anyone currently or formerly performing archival work in a term-limited position in the United States during the past 5 years. Answers will remain anonymous.

    We hope this initial survey will invite further study and conversation around the use of temporary positions in the archives field. Findings will be shared out at the I&A Section Meeting in Austin.

    To participate, please complete the survey using the following link: tinyurl.com/templaborsurvey

    The survey period will begin on March 4, 2019 and end on April 5, 2019. Please contact the I&A Steering Committee at: archivesissues@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.



  • 01 Mar 2019 5:33 PM | Rachael Woody (Administrator)

    Position: Senior Business Analyst (term contract position)

    Summary:

    Gates Archive, a private archive located in the greater Seattle area, is the trusted custodian of the philanthropic and personal archival collections of the Gates family. Gates Archive is currently seeking candidates for a Senior Business Analyst. This is a full-time, contract position for 2019 (subject to renewal) requiring a robust background investigation. The Business Analyst will report to the Manager of Archive Solutions.

    Description:

    The Business Analyst will be responsible for analysis and coordination across a broad portfolio of programs. To do this, they will act as a primary interface to users, subject matter experts, and managers to create certainty out of ambiguity while having a firm grasp over operational and technical aspects of each program.

    The Business Analyst will work with the archive team to manage and document output of solution design and specifications processes and support project implementations and continuous improvement initiatives. The Business Analyst will collaborate with staff throughout the project lifecycle to ensure that the delivered solutions meet business needs; develop technical documentation and reports; manage and support solution and data analysis and design processes; analyze and interpret workflow and systems information in support of the organization’s mission.

    Solution Design

    • Support software development and business projects including: development of a layer to integrate metadata and content from core systems to support access; and development of a mechanism to harvest content from a digital asset management system for long-term preservation.

    • Translate requirements into solution documentation such as functional specifications, workflow diagrams and user stories.

    • Collaborate with project team members on system design; validate that design conforms to functional specifications.

    Requirements Elicitation, Definition, and Capture

    • Facilitate and document outputs of design meetings and analysis – this will include a focus on data flow, matching, and loading mechanisms.

    • Elicit business requirements through design workshops, stakeholder interviews, data and document analysis, storyboards, etc.

    • Analyze, organize and synthesize requirements into relevant business and data analysis deliverables.

    Business Analysis and Project Coordination

    • Perform business and technical analysis to identify and define present and future business processes.

    • Analyze relevant business information and data to support decision making.

    • Define and collect metrics; build reports to support operational performance.

    • Support the development of business cases to justify project investments.

    • Assist in project management for technology projects

    Implementation and Continuous Improvement Support

    • Support development of system and infrastructure documentation, including system guides, process flows, and end user training materials.

    • Collaborate with archive staff to capture operational metrics and develop reports that meet business needs

    • Support the development of system test scenarios and test conditions.

    • Participate in system and solution testing to confirm business requirements.

    Qualifications:

    Required Skills:

    • Proven problem-solving skills, project management skills, attention to detail, and organizational skills

    • Ability to work independently or collaboratively within a team

    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

    • Familiarity with user-centered and iterative design methods

    • Experience writing technical documentation and performing business and technical requirements gathering

    • Ability to identify opportunities to improve performance and efficiencies of existing systems and processes

    • Experience conducting business process analysis

    • Proficient with Windows Operating System, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio

    Preferred Skills and Education:

    • Information science coursework

    • Experience with application testing and release management processes

    • Familiarity with workflow management (e.g., ServiceNow) and project management tools

    • Experience with developing reports and statistics in Excel, Microsoft Power BI and/or Tableau

    • Experience with surfacing and analyzing data in SQL and/or other relational databases

    Point of contact for application: Interested candidates should submit their resume and a short cover letter to: kellyb@gatesarchive.com

    Supervisor name: Sally Vermaaten


  • 01 Mar 2019 2:15 PM | Rachael Woody (Administrator)

    Senate Historical Office’s Summer Internship Objectives:

    The United States Senate Historical Office is seeking graduate applicants for the summer internship program. Objectives include: Objective 1: Revise and update archival transfer sheets by composing descriptions of records of a Senate Committee. This requires an ability to research and include party designation, date span of the records, the meaning of acronyms, and the position of referenced staff members. An ability to identify records series (legislative, oversight, nominations, administrative,) and major subject themes if required. Objective 2: Process (arrange and describe) the electronic records of a Senate committee. This requires all of the abilities listed above as well as the ability to ascertain volume of electronic records, identify formats, and degree of sensitivity of the records. Objective 3: Identify Senators and provide data entry for log sheets on a collection of television broadcasts. Objective 4: Attend meeting with the Senate archivist as appropriate, to observe archival practices, and processes within the Senate. Please submit your internship application, resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019. Intern hourly rate is $17.50 per hour.

    Hiring for this position will be governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (“VEOA”), as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. Pursuant to the VEOA, qualified applicants who are not current employees of the Office of the Secretary of the Senate and who are disabled or who have served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in certain military designated campaigns (“veterans”) may be eligible to receive a preference over non-veterans in hiring decisions. Family members of veterans may also be eligible to receive a veterans’ preference if the veteran cannot claim his or her veterans’ preference.

    To be eligible for a veterans’ preference, applicants must meet all of the requirements set forth in the VEOA and applicable regulations. Those eligibility requirements are summarized in the Application for Veterans’ Preference, which may be obtained by visiting:

    https://www.senate.gov/employment/resources/pdf/SOS_VeteransPreference.pdf.

    If claiming a veterans’ preference, an applicant must indicate that he/she is preference eligible on the application or resume and must submit a completed copy of the Application for Veterans’ Preference along with the supporting documentation specified on that form. If the Office of the Secretary of the Senate does not receive the Application for Veterans’ Preference and supporting documentation by the closing date, the applicant’s claim for a veterans’ preference may be denied.

    Applicants may obtain a copy of the Office’s Veterans’ Preference in Appointments policy by submitting a written request to vets@sec.senate.gov.

    Individuals who are entitled to a veterans’ preference are invited to self-identify voluntarily. This information is intended solely for use in connection with the Office of the Secretary of the Senate’s obligations and efforts to provide veterans’ preference to preference-eligible applicants in accordance with the VEOA. An applicant’s status as a disabled veteran and any information regarding an applicant’s disability, including the applicant’s medical condition and history, will be kept confidential and will be collected, maintained and used in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as made applicable by section 102(a)(3) of the CAA, 2 U.S.C. §1302(a)(3). An applicant who declines to self-identify as a disabled veteran and/or to provide information and documentation regarding his/her disabled veteran’s status will not be subjected to an adverse employment action, but the individual may be ruled ineligible for a veterans’ preference.

    All applicants should submit a Secretary of the Senate Internship Application, Application for Veteran’s Preference and supporting documentation specified on that form, cover letter, two letters of recommendation, and current resume to the Human Resources Department at resumes@sec.senate.gov.


  • 26 Feb 2019 3:17 PM | Rachael Woody (Administrator)
    • Position Announcement: Public Services Unit Supervisor

      The Special Collections and Archives Research Center at Oregon State University Libraries seeks a service-oriented, user-focused Public Services Unit Supervisor with a strong commitment to access to lead our public services operations. Reporting to the Director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, the Public Services Unit Supervisor has primary responsibility for managing and coordinating all reading room and remote reference activities. In conjunction with department colleagues, this position provides effective research support, optimizes access systems, and proposes new services and workflows as appropriate.

    The successful candidate will demonstrate ability for and commitment to providing responsive, personable, and expert public service. The Public Services Unit Supervisor will join a dynamic team of professionals dedicated to collaboratively advancing the Center’s educational and access missions. Working closely with curators and other department staff, the Supervisor interacts positively and inclusively with students, faculty, and the public, guiding users in how to find, use, and evaluate relevant resources, explaining techniques, policies, and procedures, and empowering individuals to conduct archival research. The Supervisor is a professional faculty member in the Oregon State University Libraries and Press, developing and nurturing relationships with colleagues inside and outside the library, and participates in shared governance of OSULP and OSU.

    The position supervises one Library Technician 3 classified position and a rotation of student assistants with public service duties. The position mobilizes these resources and others to establish a welcoming and secure environment, data-driven operations, and public service excellence in a lively special collections environment.

    The Special Collections and Archives Research Center is located on the 5th floor of The Valley Library, and features secure, climate-controlled storage, exhibit spaces, a lively reading room, dedicated classrooms, and professional digital production unit. SCARC faculty and staff work to maximize discoverability and use of our collections for a broad range of researchers, through teaching, expert public services, digitization, and more. SCARC stimulates and enriches the research and teaching endeavors of Oregon State University through primary sources. As part of the University's land grant mission, SCARC makes these resources available to the OSU community, Oregonians, and the larger community of scholars and independent researchers. As the repository for and steward of the Libraries' rare and unique materials, we build distinctive and unique collections in our signature areas: natural resources, the history of science, university history, and Oregon's multicultural communities; we are also home to the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives and the OSU Queer Archives. These collections encompass manuscripts, archives, rare books, oral histories, photographs, ephemera, audio/visual materials, electronic and born digital records.


  • 12 Feb 2019 12:59 PM | Rachael Woody (Administrator)

    Please see the original posting here.

    For summer 2019, the C.M. Russell Museum is pleased to present internship opportunities in the fields of Research and Design of Educational Materials; Editing and Publication; Documentary Video Creation; and Library/Information Management.

    Experience firsthand the life and times of one of the most well-known Western artists, Charles Marion Russell, while gaining valuable experience towards your future career. With diverse projects across an array of departments within the museum, the C.M. Russell Museum offers the opportunity to experience the variety of career paths available within the field of museums and educational institutions. Through access to art collections that document the history of a disappearing culture, celebrate the traditions of native peoples, and depict the topography and landscape of the west, interns will also gain a new understanding and appreciation for Russell’s West.

    In addition to the abundant opportunities at the museum, the community of Great Falls and the surrounding areas offer a wealth of resources.  By extending research and learning to the campus of Montana, interns have the opportunity to explore the Northern Plains Indian culture and the life of early explorers such as Lewis & Clark; to witness the impacts of settlers, industrialization, and agriculture on the Western Frontier; to experience the landscape that inspired Russell to move to the West, and to learn about the valuable role art, culture, and history play in small communities.

    About the C.M. Russell Museum

    The C.M. Russell Museum is an accredited museum of Western art and culture that first opened to the public in 1953.  Its mission is to collect, preserve, research, interpret, and educate on the life and art of Charles M. Russell; the art and lives of his contemporaries; and the art of preceding and ensuing generations that depicts and focuses on the culture, life, and country of Russell’s West. Located where Charlie lived and worked during most of his professional career, the museum campus also includes Russell’s studio and home, both of which are National Historic Landmarks.

    Supported by patronage, memberships, admissions, and sales from its store, the museum measures its success by its ability to nurture and enrich the creative and intellectual lives of those who share in Charlie’s West.

    Dufresne Scholar Award

    As part of the museum’s greater educational mission, the purpose of the Dufresne Scholar Award Internship is to expand the museum’s role as a national learning institution and center of inquiry.  We seek to foster a widespread community of individuals and institutions that look to the arts as not only a means of personal enjoyment, but also as an invaluable tool for understanding cultural traditions, history, the environment, and the human experience.  Through our internship program, we hope to empower aspiring professionals that are dedicated to the lives and stories that have shaped our world today, thereby ensuring the viability and integrity of our nation’s cultural, historical, and educational institutions.

    Internship Program

    Interns will work under the supervision of a member of the museum’s staff and will perform tasks that accommodate their interests, skills, and experience, as well as the museum’s needs at the time of application. In addition to carrying out the museum responsibilities associated with their job description, interns will acquire skills in time management, project planning, interpersonal communication, and public speaking.

    The C.M. Russell Museum strongly believes that an internship must be a mutually beneficial educational experience for the intern and the museum. Also, we recognize the importance of exploring how the museum fits into a greater community context and encourage the intern to explore the variety of cultural opportunities that Great Falls and the state of Montana have to offer. Therefore, additional learning opportunities will be made available to the intern and will include such activities as:

    •   Opportunities to design and implement projects
    •   Public presentations on Museum collections
    •   Family programs and exhibition openings
    •   Staff luncheons&nbsp

    Internship Opportunities

    Each year the museum offers a 10-week internship for up to two individuals in one or both of the following two areas: Museum Management or Research/Project Design. Applicants are matched to internships based on qualifications, interests, and departmental needs.

    Museum Management Area
    Each year, the staff of the C.M. Russell Museum identifies diverse opportunities for projects across the museum’s departments. Applicants are asked to specify the project(s) that interest them and best match their skills and education during the application and interview process and will be matched to a department and project accordingly.

    Departments offering Museum Management Internship projects for summer 2019 include:

    EDUCATION
    The Education Department is responsible for creating educational opportunities and programs for the public. The department also develops and creates hard-copy educational resources in the form of teaching units for educators and gallery guides for visitors to the museum.

    In 2008, the exhibition The Bison: American Icon, Heart of Plains Indian Culture was installed – 9 years later in 2017 it was reinterpreted and reinstalled. The initial installation featured two gallery guides that visitors could take throughout their self-guided tours; since the reinstallation, the guides have been mostly used up and are now outdated. The intern will research, develop and design a new gallery guide to use in the reinterpreted exhibition.

    Preferred Qualifications: Current enrollment in or recent graduation from a degree program in Art, Art History, and/or Native American studies. Experience or interest in museum work desired, as well as an interest in the creative combination of research, design, and education.

    MUSEUM STORE AND GUEST RELATIONS
    The primary function of the Museum Store and Guest Relations is to provide excellent customer service to all visitors in the museum. We accomplish this by supplying information about Charles M. Russell and the museum to visitors, as well as performing retail duties that include museum admission, membership, store sales, product shipping, and inventory control.

    In its decades of operation, the C.M. Russell Museum has produced many publications on Charlie Russell and related topics that are now out of print. The intern will be responsible for reviewing and updating the text of one or more such publications, collecting image use permissions, drafting a digital proof, documenting changes from the previous edition, and communicating with senior staff as well as the printer to prepare a final proof for re-publication.

    Preferred Qualifications: Current enrollment in or recent graduation from a degree program in English, Journalism, or a related field.

    EXTERNAL RELATIONS
    The External Relations Department oversees outward facing activities of the CM Russell Museum, including Marketing, Events, and Development.

    A quality video library is desired for use by the marketing, development, and curatorial departments. The intern will create a five- to ten-minute mini-documentary introducing Charlie Russell and the museum, and will also develop a series of short videos covering various related topics. Work will include scriptwriting, conducting interviews, historical research, and all aspects of video production and editing.

    Preferred Qualifications: Training or experience in video production and editing; knowledge of editing software (Adobe Premiere and After Effects or similar programs); experience in storyboarding and script development.

    Frederic G. and Ginger K. RESEARCH CENTER
    The Renner Research Center primarily serves the research needs of the staff of the C.M. Russell Museum; the reading room is also open to members of the public by appointment. The research collections include more than 3,000 books on the art, culture, and history of the American West, as well as archival collections, photographs, periodicals, and ephemera.

    The Renner Research Center possesses approximately 55 linear feet of general reference files, which consist of clippings, publications, notes, and other ephemeral materials organized according to the subject matter. In many cases, the reference files are poorly organized or out of date. The intern will reduce duplication within the files to make better use of storage, identify knowledge gaps and generate new files on commonly researched topics, reorganize the files as needed, and create an index of reference files to increase ease of use.

    Preferred Qualifications: Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required. Degree work in Archives/Library/Information Science, History, or Art History preferred.

    Research and Project Design Intern
    The Research and Project Design Intern will provide research skills and expertise in the research and development of educational programming, special exhibitions, or published materials.   Graduate students are encouraged to apply this opportunity toward ongoing graduate research or thesis topics.   We encourage graduate students from the following disciplines to apply: Education, Art Education, Museum Studies, Curatorial, Anthropology, History, Art History, and Native American Studies.

    Who should apply?
    We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. The Museum Management Internship is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students. The Research and Project Design Internship is open to graduate or doctoral students.

    Stipend – $3300

    Application Process

    All applicants are asked to submit a cover letter/statement of intent, resume, and two letters of recommendation from current or past academic references. Your statement of interest should be one page or less and should identify which of the internship opportunities interest you, highlight relevant coursework and experience, and outline what you hope to contribute to the museum and what you would like to gain in return. If you are applying for the Research/Project Development Position, please include an extra page highlighting your research or project interests and how they fit into your current academic/career goals.

    Please send applications to Kathryn Kramer at the following address:

    Kathryn Kramer
    Renner Research Center Manager
    C.M. Russell Museum
    400 13th Street North
    Great Falls, MT 59401

    or Email:  kkramer@cmrussell.org

    All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed or postmarked no later than March 29, 2019. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews within a few weeks after the application deadline.  Interns are responsible for making their housing arrangements in Great Falls, Montana; museum staff can provide housing suggestions.

    Thank you for your interest in our program.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Please contact Colleen Needham (Communications Chair) with any questions. 

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