Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Environmental Design Archives
College of Environmental Design
University of California, Berkeley
 Assistant Librarian/Archivist
$23.55 - $25.51 per hour; salary based upon qualifications
Expected Position Dates: 1/2/2018-6/30/2019
Percentage time: 40%
The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative and research-oriented librarian/archivist to support world-class research and teaching through the arrangement and description of the Environmental Design Archives’ research collections and engagement with faculty and students associated with scholarship and practices in the design and history of the cultural and designed environment.
 “For more information about the position, including required qualifications and application materials go to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01594
 For more information contact:
Nadya Abo-Shaeer, Manager, Human Resources & Academic Personnel

Visual Materials Cataloger / Assistant Archivist (academic position)     Link for External Candidates

Under the direction of the Technical Services Archivist in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the Visual Materials Cataloger works to provide greater access to both analog and digital photographic collections in the special collections of Cornell University Library and the photographic holdings of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.
In creating descriptions across the collections, the cataloger will work to bring together the different approaches to descriptive practice currently utilized by the library and museum and communities. In the Library, the cataloger will identify photographic materials across collections and create descriptions based on archival standards and best practices to facilitate access and use, with a particular focus on photography in designated subject areas, including land and environment, labor, civil rights, and Asia. In the Museum, the cataloger will perform item-level cataloging for photographic collections using accepted standards and appropriate controlled vocabularies. To enable discovery across the Library’s and Museum’s collections, the cataloger will work to ensure descriptions are consistent and compatible with relevant discovery platforms.

This position is a two-year benefits-eligible term appointment.

For more detailed information or to refer interested candidates, please visit the link above. If you currently work at Cornell, please login to Workday and click on the “Career” icon. Additional information for applying as an internal candidate may be found here.


Yesterday Courtney finished processing her collection, MOWA, Michigan Outdoor Writers Association.  A blog entry by her about her experience will appear in the future. In the image, the MOWA collection is on the bottom shelf and the 4 boxes on the right side of the shelf on level with her face.

Just over 19 cu.ft. of materials were removed from collections during processing this term, including papers, books, photographic materials and other materials.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Jake Thompson internship at the Clarke

Here's a blog by Jake Thompson about his internship experience this term at the Clarke.

My name is Jacob Thompson. I am a history major at CMU with a minor in Museum Studies. After volunteering at the Clarke Historical Library for a semester and a half, I had the opportunity begin my internship there under Marian Matyn. This internship has allowed me to gain more experience in the archives and important skills I can put to use after I graduate.
Most of my time was spent processing a series of organizational records from the Michigan Division of the Women’s National Farm & Garden Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting agriculture and horticulture.The Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, Michigan Division (WNFGA) was founded in 1914, as the Woman’s National Agricultural and Horticultural Association to promote agricultural and horticultural interests among women nationally. The name was changed to the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association in 1916. In 1926, the Michigan Division of the WNFGA was organized because of the interest of Clara Ford and under the leadership of Louisa King. The Michigan Division continues the mission of the WNFGA through workshops, lectures, local community beautification and horticultural therapy activities. In addition to these activities, the Division provides support in the form of gifts to the Michigan 4-H Foundation as well as toward educational scholarships and nature preserves. (This information is from the collection and the following websites, accessed in November 2017: https://www.wnfga.org/aboutus/division-branch-info/  and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman%27s_National_Farm_%26_Garden_Association)
To process the collection, I sifted through boxes of materials and organized them by series in a chronological order. This also involved placing photographs inside archival sleeves, removing duplicates and copying acidic materials such as newspapers. In the end, I had completed 21 boxes of materials with a few oversized items.

The collection, 1926-2014, and undated, approximately 12 cubic feet (in 21 boxes, 1 legal-size folder, 4 Oversized Volumes) documents the organizational records and history of the Michigan Division of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association (WNFGA). Organizational records include: annual president and chairmen reports, treasurer reports, meeting minutes, and officer guidelines. Photographs (black and white and color), scrapbooks and correspondence illuminate the Division's activities and provide additional insight into its history. Photographs provide images of Annual International Tea and national and council meetings.

Included in the collection are Cranbrook Branch of WNFGA scrapbooks, 1963-1968 and 1983-1988 (Box 6 and Oversized scrapbooks). The scrapbooks and related newsletters and miscellaneous were created by Barbara Van Buren. The Cranbrook Branch no longer exists.

During processing

The Annual International Tea records, 1996-2008, were originally composed annually in binders. Due to materials becoming loose, the contents were transferred into archival folders. However, their original order was maintained. These reports include correspondence, photographs and newspaper clippings.

The organizational records generated during the tenures of two presidents, Louise Shoksnyder (Boxes 18-19 and Oversized scrapbook, 2007-2008) and Ila Leonard Wermuth (Box 21), were separately identified as such, and this original order was maintained during processing.

Several fairly complete newsletters and historical publications were separately cataloged during processing.  

After graduating this fall, I hope to continue on my education in graduate school. In the mean time, I want to continue to gain experience through volunteer work or attain a job in the museum field.

Processed, labeled, shelved
Note from Marian: Jake did a great job processing and creating the finding aid for this collection. I'm  working on creating the catalog record and encoding the finding aid to make it Google-searchable.