The Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) invites applications for a one-year research appointment starting in August, 2018. A Ph.D. is required for this position.
The Rockefeller Archive Center is a repository of records and a research center devoted to the history of philanthropy and civil society. The RAC houses the records of some fifty foundations and nonprofit organizations, including the various Rockefeller philanthropies, Ford Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, Near East Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Trilateral Commission, and National Committee on US-China Relations. Over four hundred researchers visit the RAC each year, and another two thousand are served remotely. The RAC is located in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and has a forty-five member staff.
The primarily responsibilities of the research fellow are the following:
Work with senior team members in the Research & Education Program to investigate the histories of the organizations whose records are held by the RAC.
Write narrative historical pieces of varying lengths for both traditional and digital publication.
Work with foundation staff on short-term research and writing projects.
Speak to diverse audiences -- including researchers, foundation and nonprofit staff members, and a wider public -- about the work we do and the histories we uncover.
While training in 20th century American history or American studies would be appropriate, the reach of our collections is global and touches many disciplines. Familiarity with archival practices, working with finding aids and handling primary materials will be essential given the nature of this position. Experience in public history or with creative uses of technology for historical interpretation would be helpful.
The research fellow will receive compensation and benefits at a level that is competitive with post-graduate and academic research positions. Interested candidates should submit an application letter and curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 25, 2018. Please do not contact the RAC by telephone.
The Rockefeller Archive Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Rockefeller Archive Center
Research and Education
15 Dayton Avenue
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
About Rockefeller Archive Center
The RAC is a repository of historic documents in a wide variety of media and a research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains shaped by philanthropy.
The RAC was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and their wide-ranging philanthropic endeavors (including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller University). Today, the RAC’s growing holdings include materials from numerous non-Rockefeller foundations and nonprofit organizations, making it a premier center for research on philanthropy and civil society. It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine. Through the scholars it serves and the broader community it reaches with its publications, workshops, and symposia, the RAC is a vital resource for research and public dialogue on the contributions of philanthropy to the well-being of people throughout the world.
The RAC supports and fosters understanding of the activities of individuals and organizations dedicated to impro...ving the well-being of humankind. It does this by collecting, preserving and promoting research into the records of these individuals and organizations and by making its collections and expertise as widely available as possible to a global audience of scholars, students and professionals.
The RAC sponsors research grants for scholars who wish to use the collections, as well as workshops, seminars and conferences related to the major subject areas of the collections.
The RAC’s programs have a special focus on philanthropy and philanthropic foundations. The RAC’s collections contain over 115 million pages of documents, over 900,000 photographs, over 6,000 films, approximately 18,000 reels of microfilm, over 10 terabytes of digital information in our digital repository, and 6,000 architectural drawings, maps, and posters. Since its opening in 1974, more than 5,000 scholars have visited the RAC to conduct research for books, articles, dissertations, and films in a wide variety of fields.