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Student work & fellowship opportunities at FHL

Student Employment

The Friends Historical Library typically employs 4-6 students each semester and during the summers. Most of our hiring is done in the spring semester, around spring break, when we hire students to work 20-35 hours/week during the summer. Sometimes we hire additional students at the beginning of the fall semester. Students typically work 4-8 hours/week during the academic year. Check JobX to see if opportunities are currently available.

Research Fellowship Opportunities

The Friends Historical Library offers a Moore Student Fellowship, which provides a $500 stipend for students to complete a 30-hour fellowship researching a topic of their choosing using resources available in our collections, or in Swarthmore College Peace Collection (SCPC) or Swarthmore College Archives (SCA). Information on the Moore Student Fellowship is available here. 2022 applications are due Monday, March 7, 2022.

Summer Research Opportunity

For summer 2022, Friends Historical Library is pleased to offer a special opportunity via the Summer Research Opportunities program.

Title: Black history & genealogy project assistant

Description: The Friends Historical Library, a Quaker special collections library and archives (located in McCabe) seeks detail-oriented student workers who enjoy working with historical documents, for a project focused on African American history and genealogy. This assistant will research Quaker records from Friends Historical Library searching for records of manumissions (legal documents freeing enslaved people from slavery); scan and catalog them; then put them into a database for public access. As time allows, and per student interests, the student may have the opportunity to research related historical topics, write essays or blog posts, create a digital exhibition, or pursue other related endeavors. This student will work semi-independently on the assigned project with minimal supervision.

Preferred skills and experience: Interest or knowledge in Black history or genealogy; knowledge of 18th century American history; interest or experience in research, libraries, and/or scanning.

Skills to be learned during this project: Research, Handling of archives and manuscripts, Cataloging and metadata,  Scanning, Paleography (reading old handwriting) 
The student on this project will be able to present a substantive report at the end of their employment, having had the experience of researching materials from a variety of archival sources and across a number of decades. Funded through the Nancy Speers Memorial Fund, a fund designated for genealogical research, the result of this project will be a resource for researchers of family history as well as more general historical researchers.

Application process: Apply through the Summer Research Opportunities process and reply "yes" to the question: "Does your project/proposal relate to Black history, genealogy and/or Quaker archives?"