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Job announcement: 2 Open Positions, HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Calling all archivists!  Interested in African American history?  The HistoryMakers is looking to fill two job openings:

1.    Project Director for an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant
“The HistoryMakers seeks applications for a projector director for a three year IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant. This
grant involves recruiting and fostering the professional development of early-career African American archivists, placing them in repositories of
African American primary source materials and then working closely with those repositories.”

2.    Video Oral History Archivist
“The HistoryMakers seeks applications for a video oral history archivist. The archivist will be responsible for the planning and implementation of a preservation and cataloguing system for *The HistoryMakers* videotaped oral history collection.”

Requirements include a graduate degree in African American, American History, library science with a concentration in archival management, or other related field.  For further information, please see the full listings posted on ArchivesGig.  CONTACT PERSON: Daniel Johnson, The HistoryMakers, 1900 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616; fax 312-674-1915 or

The HistoryMakers is a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit video oral history archive headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its topics include but are not limited to African American organizations and associations, slavery, reconstruction, the labor movement, the civil rights movement and black authors.

**If you’re a recent MLS graduate interested in working with African American archival collections, the HistoryMakers also has a yearlong fellowship program.  That deadline – February 15 – is little over a month away.**

Best of luck!

2011-12 Fellowship Announcement: Increasing African American Diversity in Archives

Application Deadline: Tuesday February 15, 2011

Increasing African American Diversity in Archives: The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and Placement Institute

The HistoryMakers is pleased to offer a year-long fellowship (June 6, 2011 through June 1, 2012) working in African American archives. This fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide training for African American archivists and other archivists interested in working with African American archival collections. The year will include a 3-month immersion training program at The HistoryMakers Chicago location (June 6 – August 26, 2011) and an on-site residency (September 6, 2011 – June 1, 2012) at one of several host institutions.

All applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Hold a recent graduate degree in library science (MLS, MLIS, MIS, MS) from an ALA accredited school OR a graduate degree in other relevant fields, such as history or African American studies (current graduate students are encouraged to apply if their degrees will be completed prior to beginning the fellowship).
  • Have a demonstrated interest in archives administration and management. Applicants must have taken at least two courses related to archival information and practice or have demonstrated work/volunteer experience in archival repositories.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in African American history. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, and/or through a personal statement in application essay.

Interested in learning more?  For a complete list of requirements, host institutions, program structure, and other pertinent details, check out the program flier available online here:

Emily Martorano
2011-2012 Archive Fellowship Program
The HistoryMakers
1900 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
No phone calls please.