The Sankofa Project was initiated by Rev. Dr. Michelle Bentley in 2004 and is now overseen by Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed. Meadville Lombard Theological School has housed this project, archiving materials documenting the experience of people of color in Universalism, Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism, and makes materials available for sc [...] View More
Posted: October 07, 2015
The Sankofa Project was initiated by Rev. Dr. Michelle Bentley in 2004 and is now overseen by Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed. Meadville Lombard Theological School has housed this project, archiving materials documenting the experience of people of color in Universalism, Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism, and makes materials available for scholarly research, as worship resources, and for religious education. The project’s aim is to support the Unitarian Universalist Association in its continuing effort to address the issues of antiracism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism.
Approximately 80% of the intern's time will be spent with the Sankofa Collection, completing a project funded by the Panel on Theological Education.
The Sankofa Collection Assistant will:
Scan selected material, assign metadata, and post to our online archives platform.
(Materials will include selections from Ethelred Brown, Lewis A. McGee, Eugene Sparrow, Andrew Kuruda, Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley, David H. Eaton, BAC, BAWA, and others.)
Digitize approximately 12000 pages of the Sankofa Collection and assign metadata to enhance searchability in our online archives platform.
Make the 350 pages currently on the Sankofa website searchable with enhanced metadata via our online archives platform.
The remainder of the intern's work hours (approximately 20%) will be spent on other grant-funded projects including processing the New York and Pennsylvania Congregational Files from the Unitarian Universalist Association and the personal papers of Martha Atherton. Both of these projects provide valuable perspectives on lay involvement in the growth of Unitarian Universalism during the 20th century.
Processing and re-housing documents
Preparing finding aids for the website
The Assistant will work approximately 20 hours/week, funded at $15/hour for 9 months.
BA in History, African-American Studies, or Religious Studies required.
Advanced studies, internships, professional or personal experience with History, Library Science, Archives, or Museum Studies preferred.
Interest in liberal religious history, histories of people of color, and desire to explore use of metadata as a tool for social justice work required.
Must be detail oriented and reliable, have a love of organization, and possess fluency with the Microsoft Office suite.
Please send a resume, detailed cover letter describing how your background and qualifications make you a competitive candidate for this position, and list of 3 professional references by email to:
Deborah Bieber, Vice President, Finance and Administration Meadville Lombard Theological School firstname.lastname@example.org
Incomplete applications will not be considered Position open until filled. For earliest consideration, please apply by 10/31/15.
We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.