Student Hourly - Archive Assistant, History of Black Writing

Position Overview

The History of Black Writing is seeking an undergraduate research assistant to join a team as you work together to process and organize a large archival collection that includes books, papers, published and unpublished manuscripts, photographs, media and more.

This is a 5-20 hour per week position on the Lawrence campus.

Students must be Federal Work Study eligible. To check on the status of your Federal Work Study award please visit: Accept aid | Financial Aid & Scholarships (

Job Description

95%- Follow specific instructions to organize and catalog the HBW archive, which will include reviewing archived media, providing transcripts, and updating database spreadsheets, among other tasks. Future work within the archive may involve digitizing materials, conducting research, writing descriptions for exhibits and programs, minor video editing, etc.

5%- Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  1. Federal Work Study eligible
  2. College Undergraduate or above
  3. Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
  4. Library research skills as indicated in application material or from previous work experience
  5. Strong attention to detail as indicated from application material
  6. During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must: 1) have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or 2) be pre-enrolled in the upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or 3) be enrolled in summer session or 4) be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students (Exceptions granted for GTA/GRA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments)

Preferred Qualifications

  1. GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher
  2. Willingness to work in a professional environment
  3. Ability to work independently and in group settings
  4. Good communication skills
  5. Interest in learning new organizational and technical skills

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of a cover letter and resume or CV. Apply online and attach a letter describing your qualifications for this position. Only complete applications will be considered

Contact Information to Applicants

Sarah Arbuthnot Lendt,

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

part-time; up to 20 hours/week

Anticipated Start Date

Monday June 19, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25057BR
  • Department:  English
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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