University of Rochester
Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies

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
FDI@mail.rochester.edu
Morey 303
or
University of Rochester's Rare Books and Special Collections
Richard Peek
rpeek@library.rochester.edu
Tel: 275-9335