Archival Processing Intern

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Pasadena, CALIFORNIA


Posted: 10-May-23

Location: Pasadena, California

Salary: Open


Library/Information Sciences

Internal Number: 4172889

Archival Processing Intern
Job Category: Parttime Temporary
Exempt Overtime Eligible: Overtime Eligible
Benefits Eligible: Benefit Based
Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.
Job Summary
Caltech Library seeks an Archival Processing Intern to arrange, describe, and rehouse the professional papers of physicist Robert F. Christy with the collaboration and supervision of an archivist. The successful candidate will be a student in a graduate program in library and information science, archival studies, museum studies, history, or public history. No formal background in physics or history of science is required, but some familiarity and interest may be helpful.
Christy, who lived from 1916 to 2012, made instrumental contributions to the development of nuclear weapons in the Manhattan Project. After World War II, he went on to study the biological and health effects of radiation, and conducted research in astrophysics on cosmic rays and Cepheid variable stars. Christy also served as provost and acting president of Caltech. The Christy Papers consist of 11 linear feet of correspondence, lab notebooks, photographs and slides, and other documents related to his work on dosimetry, astrophysics, and Caltech administration.
The Archival Processing Intern will function as a member of the Archives and Special Collections Department under the direction of the Collections and Metadata Archivist. The mission of Archives and Special Collections is to facilitate understanding of Caltech's role in the history of science and technology, and of the research and lives of its community.
This is a temporary position, generously supported by a Grant for Archives from the American Institute of Physics, with funding to support 280 hours of work. The position will be onsite.
Essential Job Duties
  • With training, guidance, and supervision from the Collections and Metadata Archivist, arrange, describe, and rehouse the Robert F. Christy Papers.
  • Perform basic preservation measures for paper material.
  • Produce a new finding aid for the Christy Papers using Describing Archives: A Content Standard as a standard and ArchivesSpace as collection management software.
  • Digitize selected portions of the collection of high research interest.

Basic Qualifications
  • Current enrollment in a graduate program in library and information science, archival studies, museum studies, history, or public history. Please include in your cover letter any courses you have taken related to archives (including the topics of arrangement and description, appraisal, metadata, preservation, digitization) or any relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of archival standards and best practices for arrangement and description, appraisal, preservation, and metadata.

Work Environment:
  • Work will be on location at the Caltech Archives and Special Collections, in a basement open plan office adjacent to a reading room and other workspaces.

Physical Requirements:
  • Physical requirements include the ability to perform desk-based computer tasks for extended periods of time (either sitting or standing; a convertible desk will be provided).
  • Depending on department needs and physical ability, processing work with physical collections may also involve lifting and moving boxes.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A degree in physics or history of science is not required-but please include in your cover letter if you have experience with these fields.

Required Documents
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

EDBI Value Statement: We recognize that equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging are core to the mission of the Caltech Library. Equity goes beyond equality and means fair and impartial access to our collections and services for the entire Caltech community. Diversity means all of the various ways the members of our community are unique; it includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and national origin. Inclusion means embracing all members of our community as part of a greater whole. Belonging means full acceptance of the members of our community and celebrating them for the richness their experiences bring to our collective work. These values are the primary guiding principle in our work, and they are both individual responsibilities and institutional imperatives.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Copyright 2022 Inc. All rights reserved.
Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency

Create a Job Alert for Similar Jobs
About California Institute of Technology
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future.
Connections working at California Institute of Technology
More Jobs from This Employer
Return to Search Results

View or Apply

Similar Positions