Job Title: Education Research Assistant – Women And The American Story, 1920-1948 (N-YHS)


Description: The New-York Historical Society is seeking a part-time, temporary Research Assistant to serve as the lead researcher for a forthcoming unit of Women and the American Story, a comprehensive US women’s history survey curriculum guide. This project is led by the New-York Historical Society’s (N-YHS) Education Department. Drawing on world-renowned collections and a staff of passionate professionals, N-YHS Education engages learners of all ages in the study of our collective past to deepen content knowledge, develop 21st century skills, and foster an empowered and engaged citizenry. We believe in the power of authentic historical study to spark curiosity and creativity, to promote cultural understanding, and to strengthen our democracy. Women and the American Story helps teachers in grades 6-12 weave women’s experiences, perspectives, and contributions across the full sweep of American history. When complete, the guide will comprise nine units from roughly 1492 – 2016. This unit, titled On the World Stage, will span 1920 to 1948 and will emphasize the experiences of women across many different cultural, political, and economic backgrounds, particularly those typically overlooked in the traditional narrative. The Research Assistant will conduct research in the N-YHS collections, including the museum collection and in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, and in other institutions, as needed. In the initial phase of work, s/he will develop an extensive list of N-YHS’s holdings in relation to this theme, including new acquisitions and un-catalogued materials. In the second phase, s/he will partner with the Associate Director for Professional Learning to curate this list and conduct further research outside of N-YHS, looking for themes, topics, and individuals that may help students and teachers better understand the daily lives and experiences of women during this time period. Throughout the project, the researcher will work closely with librarians and curatorial staff to gather information about relevant sources and identify, as-needed, partner institutions where additional research may be conducted. The Education Research Assistant is a part-time, temporary position that will begin in early September. Candidates must be available 15-20 hours per week for 16-20 weeks (approximately September – December/January). The schedule is flexible and may vary week-to-week, but the bulk of this work must be conducted during the library’s open hours. EDUCATION: Candidate must have (or be currently pursuing) a graduate level degree in American History or Women’s History, with a specific focus on the early-to-mid 20th century. Candidates with an M.A. and relevant work experience may also apply.

Date Posted: 06-27-2018

Expire Date: 07-27-2018

Contact Name: Hannah Donoghue

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Salary: $25 per hour


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