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Archives Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University

Archives Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University

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Applications are open for Archives Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America. The UB-JHU Community Archives Fellowship is a joint program of Johns Hopkins’ Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts and the University of Baltimore Special Collections and Archives designed to increase African American/Black presence in cultural heritage and archival fields. Through the fellowship program and collaborative engagement activities, the broad goals of the UB-JHU partnership are to:

  • Process neglected and endangered historical records documenting the lived experiences of Black Baltimoreans.
  • Build grassroots stewardship capacity in reclaiming and preserving rare historical assets by providing direct technical assistance to Black cultural and faith-based institutions in Baltimore City.
  • Train emerging cultural heritage workers in methods of culturally appropriate, community engagement for the cultivation and preservation of African American historical artifacts.

Position Summary

Incumbents will be offered a two-year appointment at either Johns Hopkins University or the University of Baltimore. They will support collection processing at the resident institution and work collaboratively with peer Fellows and staff to implement engagement activities involving Baltimore’s historic African American churches and the local society of black arts cultural centers. This position requires travel to the communities served.

Fellows will be trained and mentored by Library staff and faculty and will work closely with community partners to meet program goals. Fellowships are temporary, project-based experiential opportunities. This is an excellent career development opportunity, although there is no promise of employment with either institution at the conclusion of the fellowship.


The candidate on this fellowship position will do the following duties

  • Work with communities, including community advisory groups, in community engagement, collecting initiatives, and public programs.
  • Contribute to the description and processing of existing collections.
  • Staff an off-campus community archives digitization lab and lead digitization trainings with community stakeholders.
  • Develop archiving workshops, hold consultative meetings with community partners, and coordinate focus group research.
  • Participate in the exhibit development process by serving as an assistant exhibit developer (help develop content, draft labels, writes articles, consult on design decisions, develop and participate in programs) for upcoming exhibitions.
  • Prepare materials for classes and public programs with collection materials.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree and some related experience required. A Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Additional experience may substitute for education and additional education may substitute for experience.
  • Experience with community-based and collaborative approaches to archiving is desirable.
  • Similarly, academic training or background in African American history and culture preferred.

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline30 September,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerJohns Hopkins University



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