Ann Hyde Postdoctoral Researcher - 13032BR
Ann Hyde Postdoctoral Researcher
Description of Kenneth Spencer Research Library:
Kenneth Spencer Research Library is the rare books and manuscripts library and archives of the University of Kansas. It is home to Special Collections (established in 1953), the Kansas Collection (founded before the turn of the century by the university's first librarian, Carrie Watson), and the University Archives (established in 1969). The library’s collections provide students, scholars, and the general public with access to primary sources documenting history, literature, and culture from antiquity to the present.
The Kenneth Spencer Research Library ranks among the top 15 libraries for holdings of pre-1600 manuscripts, as reported in Melissa Conway and Lisa Fagin Davis’s Directory of Institutions in the United States and Canada with Pre-1600 Manuscript Holdings (2014). In addition to its 220 manuscript codices from the period, the library holds over 2100 pre-1600 manuscript leaves, documents, and rolls, including materials from large collections of English and Italian estate papers. Subjects and genres represented in the collections include service-books, religion, philosophy, classical texts, grammars, rhetoric, textbooks, Aristotle, history, cosmography, arithmetic, legends, Latin and Italian verse, proverbs, exempla, biographies, politics, medicine, Mandeville, cartularies, records of court cases and notarial transactions, estate records, and legal treatises. Languages most commonly represented in the manuscripts include Latin, Italian, German, and French. Images from and entries for many of the Spencer Research Library's holdings in this area may be found in the Digital Scriptorium, an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.
Categories of manuscripts to be addressed by the Ann Hyde Postdoctoral Researcher, in accordance with the successful candidate’s areas of subject expertise, might include:
- Italian Renaissance business, family, and estate records. Florence, Rome, Venice, Lucca, etc., 15th-17th centuries.
- Chronicles, histories, and political descriptions of Italian city-states. 15th-17th centuries.
- Religious and liturgical manuscripts in Latin. France, Germany, Italy, etc., 13th-15th centuries.
- Legal manuscripts (canon law, consilia, notarial records and formularies). Italy, England, Germany. 14th-17th centuries.
- Late medieval through early modern manuscripts of classical texts. Italy, Germany, etc., 14th-16th centuries.
- Estate and family papers. England, 13th century onward.
- Literary manuscripts (Mandeville, Italian poetry). Italy, Germany, etc., 15th-16th centuries
40% -- Revise and enhance manuscript descriptions, as needed, in collaboration with special collections and Spencer processing staff.
20% -- Engage in outreach and instruction activities, including relevant digital projects, for the library’s medieval and early modern manuscripts.
15% -- Conduct research grounded in the appropriate collections, including producing finding aids, blog posts, published research, and other potential outputs.
5% -- Consult with conservation staff, as needed, for individual items requiring conservation attention
- A PhD in a relevant humanities discipline (such as history, English, European literatures, or religious studies), with demonstrated knowledge of medieval and/or early modern manuscript culture
- Reading knowledge of Latin and one additional European language
- Knowledge of paleography and codicology, as demonstrated through coursework and/or applied manuscript research
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials
Note: To be appointed as a Postdoctoral Researcher, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed six (6) months. Upon verification of degree, the appointment will be extended to its full duration.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and successfully in a team-based environment
- Experience collecting, analyzing, and presenting data
- Experience and background (formal or informal) with research in special collections libraries
- Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects efficiently
- Familiarity with digital technologies, tools, and standards used in special collections libraries
Additional Candidate Instructions
Apply by the deadline of January 6, 2019 to be considered.