The Henry Ford Archival Internship

Approximate Date of Posting: January 20, 2017

Position: Simmons Graduate Internship-Archival Internship

Location: Dearborn, Michigan



Time Frame:  12-week full time internship. Starting and ending dates for individual internships are negotiable.


Source: AASLH


Simmons Graduate Internship Program

The Henry Ford’s Simmons Internship Program is designed for current graduate students pursuing careers in museums, historical agencies, conservation labs, or related fields. This internship provides participants with a great opportunity to gain in-depth work experience in a major American history museum.

Archival Internship – American Textile Industry Collection

The Henry Ford has acquired a collection of material culture and archival material related to the American textile industry, including costume textile manufacturing equipment and a large number of textile samples and pattern books. The fabrics in the collection represent a rich variety of historical textiles used in all areas of American life, and include cotton, woolen, worsted, silk, and synthetic produced by hundreds of American manufacturers. The collection of cotton prints is particularly strong, with various samples manufactured by 10 companies, including Adams, Allen, Cocheco, Arnold, Consolidated Engraving Company, Dan Cooper, Hamilton, Lancaster Mills, Merrimack and J.P. Stevens.

Under the direction of the Archives & Library Manager and the archival staff, the intern will:

  • Research the individual textile manufacturers represented in the collection and document their historical significance.
  • Assist with movement and inventory of the textile samples, pattern books and documents.
  • Establish a high-level arrangement for the materials and create a collection-level scope and content note to support development of a finding aid.

Applications should include:

  • A letter of application, stating how your graduate studies, work and/or volunteer experience and personal interests qualify you for the specific project
  • A résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation regarding your qualifications for the internship, submitted directly by the authors

Please submit inquiries, letter of application, résumé and letters of recommendation to or Saige Jedele, Simmons Internship Coordinator, The Henry Ford (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029).

**INCLUDE the name of the Project you are submitting for in the “Subject” line of your email submission**


The successful candidate must be currently enrolled in a Master’s program in Archival Studies, have excellent organizational and communication skills, be accurate in their work and have an eye for detail. Experience with archival arrangement and description, and standard archival methods and best practices is also required.


Deadline: Friday, March 10


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