The Yosemite Archives, located in Yosemite National Park, is responsible for preserving and making accessible the cultural and natural, primary source material of the park. Collections consist of a variety of formats from photographs to digital images, papers, files, maps, plans, drawings, slides, negatives and audio files.
The intern will help preserve archival collections by rehousing them and assist with research requests. There are multiple, ongoing projects which interns rotate through each day, in order to gain exposure to different methodologies and to keep the workload balanced.
- Help setup and film oral history interviews
- Digitize slides and catalog them into Portfolio database
- Relax rolled maps/plans
- Process archival collections
- Catalog archival collections
- Pull materials for researchers (reference requests)
- Become acquainted with records management procedures
- Attention to detail
- Ability to organize
- Interest in history
- Good penmanship
- Interacting with public
Humor, good memory, problem solving, flexibility and becoming an authority on the resource are all desired attributes for the intern. Preference is for juniors and seniors – owing to the fragile nature of most collections, candidates who are thoughtful, even-tempered and display a good sense of awareness tend to be good matches.