Oral History Cataloging Project at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Employer:

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

Oral History Branch

Title of position: Contract Cataloger

Number of positions:  2

Payment:  $24.74/hour for first two weeks/intro period

$50 per record for remaining period of the contract

Period of performance: 9–10-Month Project

Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in Library or Archival Science, Museum Studies, or other applicable discipline
  • Experience in cataloging and cataloging systems
  • Knowledge of library and archival techniques and practices
  • Knowledge of research methods and practices as commonly used by researchers
  • Sound historical knowledge of Holocaust history, and of World War II, especially the 1933–45 period of Nazi rule, and of Holocaust-related documents and records,
  • Excellent knowledge of English grammar, spelling and usage
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Duties:

  • Review and edit English-language interview summaries. The summaries were written by non-native speakers of English and require varying degrees of copyediting
  •  Use the edited summaries and any other existing metadata (e.g. transcripts, translations, time-coded notes, etc.) to enhance current placeholder catalog records using Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Names Authority Listings, and appropriate key words
  • Create scope and content notes from the edited summaries and any other available metadata.

How to apply: 

Please send cover letter and resume with detailed work experience to:

Neal Guthrie

Director, Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

E-mail: nguthrie@ushmm.org

Last day to apply: March 10, 2013

Further details:

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Oral History Collection contains more than 12,500 interviews, primarily with Holocaust survivors.  More than 1,600 of these interviews are with non-Jewish bystanders, collaborators, and perpetrators recorded by the Museum since 1996 as part of its “Witnesses, Collaborators, and Perpetrators: the Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative.” This collection offers an additional dimension to traditional Holocaust survivor testimony and is an invaluable primary resource for Holocaust education and combating Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism today.  This project will create detailed, enhanced catalog records for these 1,600 interviews in order to make them readily discoverable by researchers.