Sacred Harp Museum Internship Program:
Application for 2019 Intern

The Sacred Harp Museum seeks an intern for month-long residency at the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Headquarters in Carrollton, Georgia, during the summer or fall of 2019. The intern will help improve the preservation and accessibility of the museum’s unparalleled collection of Sacred Harp and shape-note music recordings, manuscript music, songbooks, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera through cataloging, archival organization and description, and the curation of an exhibition.

The internship may occur between June and November, 2019. The intern will receive a $1,500 stipend and is encouraged to attend area singings during the internship period. Applications are due May 20, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST. Contact Jesse P. Karlsberg with any questions about the position or application form.

The intern’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Drafting finding aids for museum manuscript collections,
  • Cataloging recently accessioned items of Sacred Harp-related materials using the ResourceMate platform,
  • Cataloging and digitizing individual photographs in the museum’s collection,
  • Undertaking conservation work with high-priority items in the museum’s collection,
  • Organizing archival material in manuscript collections and housing, shelving, and cataloging these collections,
  • Assisting in curating and preparing content for digital or physical exhibitions, and
  • Sharing the experience serving as an intern by writing about museum collections and the internship for the Shape Notes journal.

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Digitizing materials and archiving digital files, and
  • Assisting in the acquisition and ingest of new physical and born digital materials.

The intern should have experience with library cataloging, archival preservation or related experience. Experience with archival description and digital archives is preferred. The intern should be well organized, meticulously detail oriented, and a good communicator.

The Sacred Harp Museum is located in the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Headquarters near Carrollton, Georgia. During the internship, the intern will stay at the Headquarters, which includes a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Headquarters is within easy driving distance of annual Sacred Harp singings each weekend and interns are encouraged to attend singings in the surrounding area, and to spend time with area singers, many of whom have been pillars of the Sacred Harp community for decades. Read about the experience of the Museum’s 2017 interns, Nancy Novotny and Andy Ditzler, and first intern, Sasha Hsuczyk. Learn more about the Museum’s collection, history, and mission on the Sacred Harp Publishing Company website. The internship program is supported by donations from generous members of the Sacred Harp community. Contributions are welcome.

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