First and foremost, The HistoryMakers is an archive. The organization’s relationship with the library and archival community has been a long one, and the advisement and support of the community has been essential to the organization’s growth. As an oral history collections, The HistoryMakers works directly with librarians and library staff at each of its subscribing institutions to serve as a resource for instruction and primary source research. In addition, The HistoryMakers seeks partnership with subscribing libraries, so that the resource not only is used and consulted, but so subscribers can diversify their collections, lost and forgotten collections can be brought to light, and critical contextual evidence for the stories told in The HistoryMakers Digital Archive are identified and made accessible.
In working with college and university libraries, The HistoryMakers provides:
Beyond simply providing support and access to The HistoryMakers Digital Archive, the organization has also matched several institutions with African American alumni they had lost touch with, in an effort to have their personal papers and collections preserved. Though The HistoryMakers does not deal in material collections, the photos, letters, essays, articles, flyers, and ephemera found in these collections provide essential context and support evidence for the lived testimony of those interviewed for The HistoryMakers Collection. Unfortunately, just as the 20th century passed with very little documentation of African America life, history, and culture in the oral medium, the same is true for archival collections. More than 90% of those interviewed for The HistoryMakers Collection would never write an autobiography – or have a biography written on them – but the percentage of those who have made decisions regarding where and how their personal collections will be saved is even greater. The HistoryMakers looks to its university archive partners to help in reversing this trend.
Members of The HistoryMakers Library & Archives Committee are made up of librarians, archivists, and library administrators at each of The HistoryMakers partner institutions. Rather than serving solely as a database for partner institutions, The HistoryMakers also seeks to facilitate connections that will enrich the physical collections of partner libraries, as well as exploring mechanisms for connecting The HistoryMakers oral history interviews with other oral history collections or supporting contextual materials.
Projects of the Library & Archives Committee have included working with The HistoryMakers on the re-institution of a training program for minority archivists at Yale University, Harvard University, and Emory University; facilitating the donation of the personal papers of HistoryMakers like Angela Davis (Schlesinger Library), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Northwestern University), and Senator Emil Jones (University of Illinois, Chicago) to institutional repositories for preservation.
Vita Paladino; Director, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
Matthew Sheehy; University Librarian
Carnegie Mellon University
Erica Linke; Associate Dean & Director of Collections and Information Access
John Tofanelli; Research Collections and Services Librarian, Humanities/History
Eric Acree; Director, John Henrik Clarke Africana Library
Yolanda Cooper; University Librarian
Marilyn Dunn; Executive Director of the Schlesinger Library and Librarian of the Radcliffe Institute
Johnson C. Smith University
Monika Rhue; Director of Library Services and Curation
Kathleen Bethel; African American Studies Librarian
Charla Wilson; Archivist for the Black Experience
Steven Knowlton; Librarian for History and African American Studies
Consuella Askew; Director, Dana Library
University of Arkansas
Carolyn H. Allen; Dean of Libraries
University of Chicago
Brenda Johnson; University Librarian
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Harriett Green; Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing; Scholarly Communication and Publishing Librarian, Associate Professor
University of Iowa
Dan Johnson; Consulting Archivist
University of Pennsylvania
Nicholas Okrent; Coordinating Bibliographer and Librarian for the Humanities, Bibliographer and Liaison for World History and Humanities
University of Virginia
Sony Prosper; Resident Librarian; Special Collections
Virginia Commonwealth University
John Ulmschneider; University Librarian
At Dominican University, instruction and outreach librarian Elizabeth Lang built an outstanding module for Dominican’s students and faculty to visit when interested in integrating The HistoryMakers Digital Archive in the classroom. Lang provides instructions on the functionality and feature set of the resource, but also gives users a glimpse at the databases value as a source for research and instruction.
Application Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019
The purpose of The James A. Lindner Digital Archive Summer Fellowship is to provide hands-on experience working with a one-of-a-kind digital video oral history archive, and a professional and focused experience in archival work, structured around processing and preservation of moving image archival collections, migration and digitization, cataloging and archival descriptive practices and standards. The James A. Lindner Digital Archive Summer Fellowship is open to any individual who is interested in working with collections of African American and/or video oral history materials and is a recent graduate of a master’s program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, library science, information management, computer science, or a related program prior to the start date of the fellowship. Further application eligibility and guidelines are outlined below.
The requirements for consideration are:
- Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- Recent graduate (within six months) of a master’s program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, library science, information management, computer science, or a related program.
- Demonstrated interest in oral history interviews, archive administration and management. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, or through a personal statement in application essay.
- Demonstrated interest in African American history. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, or through a personal statement in application essay.
- GPA of 3.50 or higher
Internship Duration: 10 weeks from start date
Lodging: Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the intern.
CLICK HERE for more details, and to submit an application for the James A. Lindner Digital Archive Summer Fellowship
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