grad student employee position in a/pa archives

Got some information about a fully funded MA position, for a Graduate Student Employee in Archives at New York University's Asian/Pacific/American Institute. Here's an excerpt from the job notice I received last week:

Asian/Pacific/American Institute
New York University


The Graduate Student Employees in Archives at the A/P/A Institute (A/P/A) work on collection building efforts while simultaneously pursuing Master of Arts degrees in the Archives and Public History Program in the History Department at New York University. As part of A/P/A's ongoing commitment to documenting and preserving A/PA history, the grad student will help to create and build access to A/PA collections of the New York area. The student serves as a key resource connecting A/P/A's network of scholars, researchers, activists, archivists, librarians, artists, curators, and community members with archives.

The two-year MA Program is designed to give the graduate student practical experience in archives, in addition to a solid grounding in archival theory and historical scholarship. The grad student employee will work with both the A/P/A Institute and the Tamiment Library of NYU to survey, appraise, and process collections of the New York City area. The student will also aid in organizing the A/P/A Institute's archives. The student will regularly meet with the Institute's staff to discuss progress and expectations. The student works an average of 20 hours per week during each 15-week term. (Dates of appointment are approximately 9/7/10-12/17/10 for Fall 2010, and 1/18/11-5/3/10 for Spring 2010.)

Archival management is an important and growing field with many employment opportunities in the New York area. Recent graduates have gone on to work at the United Nations Archives, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Rolling Stone Magazine, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Smithsonian Institution, American Civil Liberties Union, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and Sports Illustrated. Graduates also work in the city and region's many museums, libraries, and historical societies as well as in government and corporate archives. Graduates can expect starting salaries ranging from $40,000 to $50,000 depending on the institution.

A/P/A works closely with community members to facilitate the process of finding an accessible, permanent home for New York Metro region and East Coast Asian/Pacific American archival materials.

Past and current archives student employees have curated and published on "yellow peril" and art and social movement collections, been central in bringing in individual and organization collections, taught undergraduates, posted an archival blog, developed archival theory, and more.


* Bachelor's Degree with a major or minor in Asian/Pacific American Studies preferred.
* Background knowledge, demonstrated interest or involvement in Asian/Pacific American history and community.
* Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team.


The selected Graduate student employee receives 100% remission of tuition, fees, and student health insurance for full-time study in the MA in Archives and Public History Program at NYU. For the 2010-2011 academic year, (as of 3/18/10) the hourly compensation for the 20 hours of work per week is being confirmed. Applicants will be notified of the rate when they apply. Paychecks are disbursed every two weeks between September 2010 and May 2011.


Qualified applicants should contact Professor John Kuo Wei Tchen by email at apa.archives@nyu.edu with cover letter, resume and any additional relevant information no later than Friday, April 30th, 2010; and, if requested, apply to the MA in Archives and Public History Program at NYU online by Monday, May 31st, 2010 at:

I know more than a few qualified folks who might be interested in this. But you must apply no later than April 30. For more information about the Archives and Public History Program, go here. For more on the the Asian/Pacific/American Institute, go here. And to learn more about the Asian/Pacific American Documentary Heritage Archives Survey Project, go here.

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