SCARC Internship Program: Architectural drawings inventory and appraisal project

We’re looking for an intern to work with our collections archivist on an architectural drawings inventory and appraisal project!

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Working with the SCARC Collections Archivist, this intern will appraise, inventory, and preserve architectural drawings for campus buildings and structures. Transferred from Facilities Services, this collection of 100-200 drawings created from 1920 to 1990.

As a part of this internship, you will learn how to assess informational and evidentiary value of a document, appraise archival materials, and gain processing and description skills. There will also be opportunities to share your work or discoveries through blog posts, social media, or events.

There are two main stages in this project. 
Appraise and inventory

  • Orientation to SCARC collections, with special focus on other processed collections with architectural drawings.
  • Learn basic principles in the evaluation and appraisal of archival material.
  • Review and make recommendations for the deaccessioning of drawings based on appraisal criteria.
  • Inventory drawings.

Preservation work and description

  • After initial appraisal, create project workflow to track the drawings in the process of being weeded, preserved, and stored.
  • Learn about best practices for preservation and proper storage for oversized materials.
  • Hands on practical experience with preservation.

Projects Available: Architectural drawings inventory and appraisal project

Internship Time Period: Winter and/or Spring Terms, 7-10 hours per week.

Deadline to Apply: November 16, 2018

It is unpaid, but can be done for course credit.

Qualifications:

  • Attention to detail is required.
  • Interest in building construction, university history, architectural evolution, paper materials preservation is preferred.

To apply, please complete the following:

  • 2018 SCARC Internship Application: http://bit.ly/SCARCinternshipapp
  • Resume, including at least 2 references
  • Writing sample, 2-3 pages (can be something you submitted for a class assignment).
  • Cover letter that addresses these items:
    • What interests you about this project?
    • What do you hope to gain in an internship with SCARC?
    • Describe the coursework, subject interest/expertise, and skills that make you a good match for the internship project.

Completed applications should be submitted to Tiah Edmunson-Morton, SCARC Student Internship Program Coordinator (edmunsot@oregonstate.edu).

The SCARC Internship Program is intended for students, both undergraduates and graduates (OSU and non-OSU), to have an immersive experience in understanding the full workings of an academic special collections and archives department. Intern(s) will work on one or possibly two main projects, while also experiencing the various functions of the department (i.e. job shadowing, meetings with staff members, attendance and participation in relevant meetings).

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