The Manuscripts and Archives Division is offering an internship to aid the
Digital and Project Archivists for the Timothy Leary Papers for the fall term
to students from a Master's program in librarianship, archival studies, or
preservation with an interest in the born digital materials in the papers.
The Papers document the life of Timothy Francis Leary (b. 1920, d. 1996),
American psychologist and Harvard professor, who, through his studies
regarding the use of psilocybin and LSD, went on to become an advocate for
mind-altering drugs, eastern philosophy, sexual liberation, cyberspace and the
cyberpunk genre. He was a prolific writer, lecturer, and counterculture icon
(1960s - 1990s). The Papers contain material from notable figures, such as
Richard Alpert (aka Ram Dass), William S. Burroughs, David Bryne, Larry
Flynt, Allen Ginsberg, Keith Haring, Gerald Heard, Abbie
and Anita Hoffman, Albert Hofmann, Aldous and Laura Huxley, Jack Kerouac, Art
Kleps, and G. Gorden Liddy. The Papers include over a hundred floppy disks
created or collected by Leary in a variety of formats.
The digital intern for the Timothy Leary Papers will assist the Digital
Archivist in performing preservation imaging of removable media and the
extraction and analysis of metadata from the created images. The intern will
also work with the Project Archivist of the Leary papers in making appraisal
and description recommendations on the materials using digital forensics tools
and technologies. The digital archives intern may assist in the imaging and
processing of other collections being processed in the Manuscripts & Archives
The ideal candidate for the digital internship will have a thorough
understanding of archival theory, familiarity with aspects of computer
sciences as they relate to archives (metadata, databases etc.) and must be
extremely detailed oriented.
Timeframe: 120 hours over 12 weeks
Schedule: 10 hours per week (All interns must commit to schedule at least four
hours on one day; otherwise hours are flexible).
Working hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm.
This is an unpaid internship that may be used for credit toward a Master's
Degree in a Library Science program. Internships need not
be taken for credit. All students must be currently
enrolled. Attendance at an orientation session is required.
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