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FALL 2022 - Special Collections & College Archives Student Assistant

Special Collections & College Archives is the home of over 15,000 rare books and early imprints reflecting the development of printing during the hand-press period (ca. 1450-1800); over one hundred manuscript, art, and artifact collections of national scope; and the institutional records of Lafayette College from its founding in 1826 to the present day. Significant holdings relate to the Marquis de Lafayette, Lafayette College faculty and alumni, and American artists, politicians, and businesses of note. Recent collecting initiatives include rare printed material by women in science; early works by the first published African American poet, Phillis Wheatley; culinary and food ephemera; records of the Association of Black Collegians; and the Queer Archives Project.

The Special Collections & College Archives Student Assistant is tasked with supporting a variety of projects in the College Archives, rare book, and manuscript collections. Students will primarily assist and support library staff with projects, including processing archival records and personal papers. Assignments also include filing material into reference collections and alumni class files; providing basic reference assistance with alumni and athletics requests; creating and editing collection inventories; arranging, describing, and rehousing historic photographs; supporting projects related to the history of the College and its campus. Other tasks may include transcribing documents, digitizing materials, monitoring the reading room, performing original research, and assisting with the development of exhibits and displays.

Desired skills and/or additional qualifications:
  • Student Assistants must be reliable, arrive to work on time, and have the ability to accurately follow directions from supervisors. 
  • Excellent communication, attention to detail, and ability to take initiative and work independently’ 
  • Ability to handle rare and fragile materials with care.
  • Interest in college history, historical research, and public history is a plus, but all majors are encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with Google Document, and Microsoft Excel preferred.

Required work schedule:
This student assistant position requires 6 hours (minimum) -12 hours (maximum) per week during department hours of operation (Mondays - Fridays, 9am - 5pm). Scheduled shifts are dependent on student assistant's availability and the operational priorities and needs of the department. 

Required start date: Fall Semester

To apply, email your cover letter to with a resume attached.