Collections/Archives Intern (Unpaid)
The Harold Stevenson Collection
This is an opportunity to work with the art collection and archives of artist Harold Stevenson (b. 1929), a friend and contemporary of Andy Warhol. Harold lived in New York, Paris, London, Greece, Miami, and numerous other places and is now retired and living in his home town of Idabel, Oklahoma. His personal collection consists of over 900 works of art and thousands of documents, photos, letters, clothing items, and ephemera that require organization, cataloging, scanning, and rehousing. The collection brings to life the story of an internationally relevant artist that helped to shape the Pop movement and was most notably connected to the art, fashion, and entertainment worlds in the 60s and 70s, although his artistic expression began much earlier. During the 1930s, he captured the Depression, and life among the Black and American Indian communities – which he was a part of.
The ideal candidates for this research opportunity will be art/art history/costume design/museum studies students interested in the Berry Career Institute Experiential Learning program or the Cornell Fellows program. Internships can be one block in length or up to 8 weeks. Multiple students can work together during the same timeframe.
Basic computer skills required, with experience in Microsoft Word and Excel spreadsheets a plus. Must be able to lift/carry 30 pounds. Proper handling and care of materials will be taught.
Duties will include:
-Sorting of documents by type and media
-Assigning a catalog number
-Recording catalog number and pertinent data on a spreadsheet
-Scanning/photographing documents/objects and numbering per catalog
-Uploading document images to DropBox
-Re-housing documents in archival storage
There may be additional opportunities in research for publications and exhibition coordination/design.
About the area: Broken Bow, Oklahoma is located in McCurtain County, in the southeastern corner of the state. It is a mountainous, timbered resort/vacation area with access to Beaver’s Bend State Park and numerous recreational activities, restaurants, and attractions. It is approximately a 13-hour trip by auto from Mount Vernon. Other cities within a 3-4 hour radius are Tulsa, Dallas, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, and Bentonville, Arkansas, where many outstanding museums can be found, as well as other cultural institutions. Interns will have free time to travel to these areas.
It is preferable that interns have their own vehicle, but transportation to and from Broken Bow may be available. Assistance with finding housing is also available.
Those interested should contact Chris Penn-Goetsch for more details on the opportunity and Rebecca Sullens for how to apply.
Deadline for Cornell Fellows funding is March 23 and Berry Career Institute Funding is April 17.