Frederick Douglass Papers Internship Opportunities
The University of Rochester's Rare Books and Special Collections holds a large and important collection of Frederick Douglass primary source materials: correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and copies of his newspapers - all may be found here.
In conjunction with the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, these internships are being offered with the larger goal of creating a digital collection of Douglass materials to:
- facilitate scholarly and public access to the life, ideas, and times of Frederick Douglass,
- to broaden awareness of Douglass and his influence on Rochester and the nation, and
- to have a positive impact on the advancement of research and scholarship.
- Study the correspondence, transcribe the texts, provide editorial comment, and/or provide
- Annotations on the relationship between Douglass and his correspondents.
- Digitize the materials and learn about the electronic editing of texts
- Assist in the building and designing the website.
- Write essays setting the materials in the context of the events of the period.
- Prepare exhibits using the original materials.
These Internships and Independent Study opportunities usually carry 4 credits and are taken along with three other courses as part of a normal student's schedule.
A full-time faculty member will supervise the academic component of the internship, but the exact nature of the work with the Douglass materials will be determined by the faculty sponsor, a supervisory member of the Rare Books Library, and the student.
For additional information, contact:
Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies
Cilas Kemedjio, Director
University of Rochester's Rare Books and Special Collections