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.
In conjunction with the Frederick Douglass Institute and Department of Black 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 Douglass
- Broaden awareness of Douglass and his influence on Rochester and the nation
- Have a positive impact on the advancement of research and scholarship
Students have the opportunity to 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 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
Credit and Supervision
Internships and independent study opportunities usually carry four 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 and Department of Black Studies
Department of English
University of Rochester's Rare Books and Special Collections