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Collections Interns - Historic Textile Internship

Collections Interns
Danvers Historical Society is seeking applicants for Collections Internships. Based in historic Danvers, MA, formerly Salem Village, the society is custodian of five historic properties including the Derby Summer House National Historic Landmark.

  • Goals: Interns will work with a nationally significant collection of over 12,000 items, to catalog and photograph items and enter records into PastPerfect.
  • Other Duties: They will also assist staff in the development of educational programming, site tours, and fundraising events. Other projects are available depending on the candidates' skills and interests.
  • Required Skills: Previous volunteer work with historical organizations preferred with a basic knowledge of museum practice, collections management, art history, material culture, or equivalent.

Commitment: A minimum of 40 hours between April and December. A minimum of three hours per day is needed. Mondays and Fridays are preferable.

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Historic Textile Internship
Up to three interns can work on this project simultaneously.
We encourage both individual and team applications.

  • Goals: To inventory and photograph the historic textiles and accessories collection. To ensure the database record is complete and the associated image is a true representation of the object. To ensure all artifacts are stored in the most suitable manner. We also aim to clean and/or vacuum all items where necessary, note their conservation needs and permanently attach accession numbers.
  • Duties: Examine, clean and compare current accession record with original piece. Take clear digital pictures of objects, download pictures into Historical Society computer database, and index. Re- packs textiles and accessories into archival storage boxes. Help with preparation for our upcoming exhibits.
  • Required skills: Thorough attention to detail a must. Understanding of museum techniques for object handling also helpful. Skills we teach include textile and 3-dimensional object vacuuming, mounting and packing techniques along with digital photography and PastPerfect museum software skills.

Commitment: A minimum of 40 hours between April and December. A minimum of three hours per day is needed. Mondays and Fridays are preferable.

These are volunteer internships. Send cover letter with resume to: Danvers Historical Society, PO Box 381, Danvers, MA 01923; or Email: dhs@danvershistory.org.

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