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John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Archival Fellowship

Princeton University Archives
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a unit of Princeton University Library's Department of Special Collections, offers the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Archival Fellowship for one graduate student each year. This fellowship provides a summer of work experience for a graduate student interested in pursuing an archival career. 

The 2019 Fellow will gain experience in both technical and public services. The Fellow will work under the guidance of Annalise Berdini, Digital Archivist, Amanda Ferrara, Public Services Project Archivist, and Valencia L. Johnson,  Project Archivist for Student Life. Projects for 2019 will include processing the Richard Holbrooke papers, collaborating with staff on digital processing projects, participating in the reference rotation, answering remote reference inquiries, with the potential for other projects such as assisting in the installation of a campus exhibit, and other duties as assigned. Previous fellows and their work are listed on our website.

The 10 to 12-week fellowship program provides a stipend of $950 per week. In addition, fellows are expected to attend the Society of American Archivists' annual conference in Austin, Texas in August; travel, registration, and hotel costs to conference will be reimbursed. The fellowship program is flexible in its start date: the fellow may start the program as early as May. The total length of the fellowship must equal at least 10 weeks but no more than 12 weeks, not including the travel week at the annual conference of the Society of American Archivists, and will conclude by the beginning of September.

Requirements: Successful completion of at least 12 graduate semester hours (or the equivalent) applied toward an advanced degree in archives, library or information management, American history, American studies, or museum studies; demonstrated interest in the archival profession; and good organizational and communication skills. Applicants within one year of completing their graduate degree are also eligible to apply. The Library highly encourages applicants from under-represented communities to apply.

The Mudd Library houses the Princeton University Archives and a collection of 20th-century public policy papers. The more than 35,000 linear feet of archival and manuscript material are widely used by local, national, and international researchers. More than 2,000 visitors use the Mudd Library reading room each year and its staff field some 2,000 remote reference inquiries annually. For more information about the Mudd Manuscript Library visit:

To apply: VIA Email, Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendation. Any questions about the application process or position can be sent to the same email.

Applications must be received by Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5 pm. Zoom interviews will be conducted with the top candidates and the successful candidate will be notified by April 5, 2019.

Please note: University housing will not be available to the successful candidate. Interested applicants should consider their housing options carefully and may wish to consult the TIgerTrade, the online campus bulletin board or the Princeton University Off-campus Housing website for more information on this topic. 

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.