Institute of Jazz Studies Archives Fellowship

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Job Description


May 28, 2014 to June 11, 2014

John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University, Newark is home to the Institute
of Jazz Studies (“IJS”), the world’s foremost jazz archive. With significant
collections of monographs, periodicals, sound recordings, manuscripts,
artifacts, photographs, and oral history interviews, the IJS has developed and
implemented plans for a range of digital projects.

2012, IJS established Jazz Archives Fellowship Program to support archival
career development. With four archivists and other faculty and staff, the
Institute of Jazz Studies is in a unique position to provide practical training
in archival organization and processing within the multifaceted collections, as
well as a number of seminar-type learning opportunities.  Fellows will work closely with IJS and Dana
archivists, librarians, and staff to gain an overview of the role of an archive
within an urban university library on a campus noted for its diversity, and to
learn practical archival skills, while working with the Institute’s world
renowned collections.

program consists of a two-week residency at the Institute of Jazz Studies on
the Rutgers-Newark campus from May 28th to June 11th, 2014. Major
components include a general orientation, a visit to several New York
metropolitan area music archives, discussions about archival and preservation
issues, and meetings with Rutgers faculty, staff and administrators about
diversity and how it can be served by a specialized archive like IJS. In
addition, each Fellow will have the opportunity to explore the Institute’s
unique holdings and to process a small collection or a discrete component of a
larger collection under the supervision of one of IJS’s archivists.  Fellows will also prepare a digital
presentation suitable for web viewing. 

fellowships are available, each supported by a $1400 stipend which is intended
to cover travel, meals and incidentals. Lodging at the Robert Treat Hotel in
Newark will be covered directly by the Institute of Jazz Studies.  Funding is generously provided by the Morroe
Berger – Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund, an endowment established by
musician/composer Benny Carter in 1987 (see:, as
well as additional funding provided by 
longtime IJS supporter John Van Rens. 

should be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an
master’s program in library and information science or an accredited
program in archival studies. Candidates should be able to demonstrate an
interest in jazz and/or African American history and a commitment to a
career as
an archivist. Candidates should be committed to
contributing to the university’s goals of diversity and inclusion.
Please see: and

from under-represented ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to

How to Apply

TO APPLY:  REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. The deadline to apply for selection is December 15, 2013. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by January 31, 2014. SUBMIT RESUME , COVER LETTER that addresses candidate’s interest in jazz as well as commitment to an archival career, NAMES OF THREE REFERENCES to:  Lila Fredenburg (Jazz Fellowship), Director of Administrative Services, Rutgers University Libraries, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163, email:, FAX: 732-932-7637

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