News: Graduate Student Summer Jobs - Deadline: May 14, 2017

May 8, 2017 - 11:15am

The Center for Primary Research and Training, part of UCLA Library Special Collections, is currently accepting applications for summer 2017. Working in the CFPRT is a fantastic way for students to gain hands-on experience in working with primary source materials. 

Position Descriptions

All positions have the possibility of continuation in 2017-2018 academic year.


Kate Steinitz papers

Known as the “Mama of Dada,” Kate Steinitz (1889-1975) played a significant role in the history of art on a number of levels: in the creation of her own art works, as a preserver and collector of the art of her times (the German avant-garde of the early 20th century and American social realist art of the New Deal era), as a promoter of art and artists, and, for the last thirty years of her life, as a librarian of the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana, first when the library was based in Dr. Belt’s medical offices in downtown Los Angeles, and later as honorary curator when the collection was given to UCLA in 1962. The collection contains correspondence, files, manuscripts, source materials, articles, photographs, and ephemera spanning the period from the 1930s to the 1960s.


Arthur Stern papers

Arthur P. Stern was a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor whose prominent career in electronic engineering included leading the development of General Electric's first transistor radio in the 1950s and guiding the commercialization of satellite navigation at Magnavox in the 1970s. He was involved in a number of Jewish organizations including Americans for Peace Now, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Southern California Region of the Progressive Jewish Alliance, the Southern California Americans for Democratic Action, and the California Humanitarian Foundation of Holocaust Survivors. The collection consists of papers related to the personal and professional life of Stern. Included are files related to his association with Magnavox, the IEEE, professional conferences, community involvement, business travel, and family papers and correspondence. Advanced reading and writing skills in German, French, or Hungarian required.


Collections Data Scholar

The scholar will support Library Special Collections’ transition from Archivists’ Toolkit to ArchivesSpace. This is an opportunity to gain experience with collection metadata, data clean-up, and collection management systems, and to think critically about archival metadata creation and maintenance. The scholar will primarily be responsible for several data clean-up initiatives, some of which may include evaluating legacy data and systems. Preferred knowledge and skills: interest in metadata management; interest in or experience with collection management systems, including Archivist’s Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, and/or Microsoft Access; strong attention to detail; knowledge of best practices for metadata creation and familiarity with metadata schemas; interest in or experience using or processing archival collections.


Digital Archives Program Scholar

The Digital Archives Program Scholar will gain hands-on training in digital archives and born-digital file management. This may include imaging, processing, and preservation of legacy media formats. The scholar will learn about working with automated, standards-compliant digital archival processing software. The scholar will have the opportunity to be involved in the creation and implementation of digital archives workflows, produce documentation, conduct research, and learn and apply digital forensic concepts, techniques, and software. The scholar will become familiar with standards and best practices for digital preservation and will learn to translate these concepts from theory into practice; learn and apply knowledge of basic preservation techniques, and learn and apply knowledge of metadata schemas including DublinCore, PREMIS and METS. The scholar may be called upon to aid in planning and implementation of special projects such as researching digital archives policies and practices at peer institutions or preparing digital archives-related educational material. Demonstrated interest in digital imaging, processing, preservation, and/or forensics is strongly preferred but not required.


University Archives Audiovisual Preservation Scholar

UCLA Library’s University Archives contain a large collection of film holdings, on primarily 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm, related to campus and athletics events dating back to the 1930s. These films need to be inspected and rehoused to improve their long-term preservation and viability. Duties will include the review and documentation of film condition; testing and recording of acetate film deterioration using the Image Permanence Institute’s A-D strips; performing reversible repairs as needed to stabilize films; film rehousal using chemically inert polypropylene, archival cores and cans; photo documentation of original film housing; flagging metadata inconsistencies and highlighting any content that might be especially noteworthy as we approach the centennial anniversary of UCLA. Experience working with legacy media formats is preferred but not required.