Armenian Museum of America seeks oral history research assistants

WATER TOWN, Mass. The Armenian Museum of America (AMA) is looking for graduate students to help catalog its collection of oral histories that include testimonies from genocide survivors, in preparation for its new interactive genocide exhibit. Working remotely under the direction of the exhibition curator, the collections manager and the guest curator, students will:

  • Update the index of interview recordings to make them searchable by identifying the keywords discussed in each interview such as locations, types of experiences, last names, etc. (samples to be provided)
  • Transcribe interviews or prepare interview summaries
  • Help identify and organize the most relevant interviews to share in the exhibition

This project will support the development of WADA’s new Genocide exhibit and provide benefits to students, including:

  • Experience working with primary source materials
  • Work experience under the supervision of senior researchers
  • Funding to help offset college expenses

Qualifications:

  • Training in Armenian studies / history, oral history or related field
  • Experience working with oral histories appreciated, but not required
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
  • Work will be remote, but may require occasional on-site meetings
  • Preference will be given to those with relevant language skills

Please submit a CV, cover letter, short writing sample (no more than two pages) and the names of three references to [email protected]

The application deadline is January 31, 2022. Selected research assistants will receive $ 15 per hour and are expected to work up to 10 hours per week.

The Armenian Museum of America is the largest Armenian museum in the diaspora. It has become a major repository for all forms of Armenian material culture which exemplify the creative efforts of the Armenian people over the centuries. Today, the museum’s collections contain more than 25,000 artefacts, including 5,000 ancient and medieval Armenian coins, 1,000 stamps and cards, 30,000 books, 3,000 textiles and 180 carpets bearing Armenian inscriptions, as well as a vast collection of Urartian and religious artefacts, ceramics, medieval illuminations and various other objects. The collection includes items of historical significance, including five from Armenian Bibles printed in Amsterdam in 1666.

Armenian Museum of America