Library/Archive Internship




The Old Sturbridge Village Research Library seeks a student intern interested in gaining hands-on experience with historic books, manuscripts, and archives. The Library encompasses more than 35,000 volumes and focuses on the history and material life in rural New England from the years following the American Revolution until the Civil War. The collection includes textbooks, juveniles, advice books, periodical literature, maps, broadsides, diaries, account books, letters, as well as copies of manuscript census schedules, property deeds, probate records, and town directories. Modern scholarly journals and secondary works, and selected pre-1790 and post-1840 sources dealing with aspects of rural life and American history are also available.

As a member of the department, the intern will participate in status and staff meetings as necessary, gaining experience in the everyday workings of the research library.  

Potential projects may include, but are not limited to:

Archival Processing:

  • Assist with arranging and processing Collections
    • Arrange items including correspondence, legal documents, and/or account books
    • Rehouse items into folders/boxes and create finding aid
  • Create finding aids for previously processed collections
  • Organize and create listing for institutional guides and program books

Organization of Ephemera Collections:

  • Identify broadsides in collections
    • Rehouse into folders and/or mylar​
    • Retitle using ‘B’ to identify broadside
    • Arrange by chronological accession number
    • Create listing of broadside collection


  • Rehouse and digitize research reports and scholarly papers
  • Identify, scan, and enter Visual Resource images into database

General Library:

  • Assist with cataloging books
  • Create and file library and manuscript card catalog cards
  • Reference and research assistance
  • Maintain and update periodical listings

The The Research Library Intern will work with the Research Librarian 2 days a week, Tuesday and Friday, allowing the intern to spend the remaining 3 work days interning with the interpretation department. 

In return for meeting these requirements, the intern will receive $1,500. The selection process will be competitive with preference given to students or recent graduates with an interest in Library and Archives. Interested application must submit a written application and at least one letter of reference and are interviewed by Skype or in person. 


The Internship is available for the 12 week summer session only, beginning May 31. The work day is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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