Columbia Libraries Graduate Internship Program in Primary Sources

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Columbia University Libraries
Graduate Internship Program in Primary Sources

Invites Applications:

The Columbia University Libraries’ Graduate Student Internship Program is designed to enrich graduate studies and professional training in primary sources through an introduction to archival work, supplemented with lectures, workshops and tours. Once trained, interns arrange, describe and catalogue collections, and create finding aids for publication online.

Participating Libraries:

  • Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
  • Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
  • Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  •  Applicants must be currently matriculated graduate or professional students in one of Columbia University’s Schools or affiliates.
  •  Six internships are available from June 2015 through mid-May 2016.
  • The bulk of the work will be concentrated during the summer when interns may work up to 20 hours per week for up to 350 hours total. The rate of pay is $20/hour.


Application due: April 3, 2015

Questions? Contact: Adrien Hilton: or 212.854.8480

Graduate Student Internship Program Website and Application:

Collection Fields

  • Collections selected for interns to process may come from the following areas:

African-American Studies . Architecture and Art . Book Arts . United States Business and Economic History . Higher Education (including Columbia University) . Human Rights . Immigration . Journalism/Communications/Media . Literature and Criticism . Music . Politics and Political Movements . New York City History and Politics . Publishing and Bookselling . Religious History/Missionary Groups . Russian and Slavic History and Culture . Social Welfare/Social History . Urban Planning and Design . Women’s Studies



Specific collections under consideration for 2015-2016 include, but are not limited to:

○      Architectural collections include the papers and architectural records of:

  • James Rossant, post-war architect of Reston, VA.
  • Gordon Bunshaft, prominent modernist architect and art collector.
  • George Howe, Philadelphia-based architect, educator, and International Style proponent.
  • Robert Allan Jacobs, architect and partner in the prominent New York City architectural firm Kahn & Jacobs.
  • John Johansen, an American architect and Harvard Five member.

○      From the Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship, the papers of:

  • Ann B. Ulanov, professorand developer of leading course in Psychology and Religion.
  • Suzanne Hiatt, one of the first American women “irregularly” ordained as Episcopal priests.

○      From the Union Theological Seminary Archives, the papers of:

  • Roger Shinn, an educator, administrator and author who championed the ecumenical movement and social activism in Protestant churches.
  • Harrison S. Elliot, Methodist layman, religious educator and UTS professor who traveled widely in China.

○      From the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the papers and records of:

  • Renowned dust jacket designer Philip Grushkin, whose hallmark was his creative use of calligraphy and lettering in concert with a lightly drawn illustration.
  • Ballantine Books, established in 1952 by the legendary paperback pioneers Ian and Betty Ballantine.
  • Edmund Stevens, longest-serving American-born correspondent working from within the Soviet Union.
  • Slavic History collections including Alexander Sumerkin (requires reading knowledge of Russian) and Henryk Grynberg (requires reading knowledge of Polish).
  • Columbia University Libraries Office Files containing some of the earliest known records of the Libraries with significant correspondence from the late 19th century.