Institute of Jazz Studies Archives Fellowship Program


Fellowships / Residencies

Entry Date:

January 22, 2019






Rutgers University Libraries, John Cotton Dana Library, Insitute of Jazz Studies
June 17 to June 28, 2019

January 14, 2019
Newark, New Jersey
$1400 Stipend to voer travel,
Part Time - Internship
Archives Education, Archives Management, College & University Archives

The John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University-Newark is home to the Institute of Jazz Studies (“IJS”), the world’s largest and most comprehensive jazz library and archives. With significant collections of monographs, periodicals, sound recordings, manuscripts, artifacts, photographs, and oral history interviews, the IJS continues to expand access to its collections and outreach programs employing the latest technology.

In 2012, IJS established the Jazz Archives Fellowship Program to support archival career development. The Institute of Jazz Studies is in a unique position to provide practical training in archival organization and processing within the multifaceted collections, as well as a number of seminar-type learning opportunities. Fellows will work closely with IJS and Dana archivists, librarians, and staff to gain an overview of the role of an archives within an urban university library on a campus noted for its diversity, and to learn practical archival skills while working with the Institute's world renowned collections.

The program consists of a two-week residency at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark from June 17th to June 28th, 2019. Major components include an opportunity to explore the Institute’s unique holdings and to arrange and describe a representative collection under the supervision of IJS’s archivists, a visit to New York metropolitan area music archives, discussions and hands-on learning opportunities about archival and digital collection management issues, and meetings with Rutgers faculty, staff and administrators about diversity and how it can be served by a specialized archives like IJS.

FUNDING: Three fellowships are available, each supported by a $1400 stipend which is intended to cover travel, meals and incidentals. Lodging will be covered directly by the Institute of Jazz Studies. Funding is generously provided by longtime IJS supporter John Van Rens.

TO APPLY: REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. The deadline to apply for selection is February 22, 2019. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by March 15, 2019. SUBMIT RESUME, COVER LETTER that addresses candidate’s interest in jazz as well as commitment to an archival career, and NAMES OF THREE REFERENCES to: Adriana Cuervo (Jazz Fellowship) Head, Archival Collections and Services, preferably via email: rulhr@rutgers.edu or FAX: 732-932-7637. You may also mail to Adriana Cuervo (Jazz Fellowship) c/o 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military service or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.

The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates should be currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information science or an accredited master’s program in archival studies. Candidates should demonstrate an interest or background in jazz, the performing arts and/or African American history and a commitment to a career as an archivist. Candidates should be committed to contributing to the university's goals of diversity and inclusion. Please see: http://diversityweb.rutgers.edu/mission.php

Candidates from under-represented ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

3 openings.


About Rutgers University Libraries, John Cotton Dana Library, Insitute of Jazz Studies
The Rutgers University Libraries (RUL), comprised of libraries on the University’s Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark Campuses, all reporting to the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, operate as a unified library system with coordinated public services, technical services, and collection development. The Libraries have a staff of 304, a budget of $21 million, and holdings numbering more than 3.6 million volumes. Rutgers University Libraries are a member of ARL, CRL, Metro, NERL, and VALE, and use SirsiDynix and OCLC as their primary bibliographic utilities. Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American Universities. The Newark Campus of Rutgers University is a doctoral-degree granting research institution that is a leading education and research center. Classified as a Carnegie Research Intensive institution, Rutgers-Newark offers 14 doctoral programs: American studies, applied physics, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, environmental sciences, global affairs, integrative neuroscience, management, mathematical sciences, nursing, psychology, public administration, and urban systems, and is the most diverse campus in the country. For more information go to the RUL website: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu and to learn about the Dana Library and Newark Campus go to: http://library.newark.rutgers.edu. Rutgers is an ADVANCE institution, committed to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in the STEM disciplines.

Contact Information:

Contact Name:

Adriana Cuervo


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