Assistant Research Scholar: Public Historian - New York University, Division of Libraries

Posted on January 22, 2018


The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University seeks a skilled and knowledgeable professional for a 1-year (with a possible extension), Public Historian appointment. The Tamiment Public Historian is responsible for digital humanities projects, including the creation and maintenance of web design and collection building for Digital Taminent, which is expected to include more than 20 websites. The positions overarching goal is to create, build, highlight, and increase use of these collections. New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War is a community of scholars, students, activists, and concerned citizens working on projects relating to the Cold War. Based in the Tamiment Library, one of the United States’ most important special collection documenting the history of radical politics and labor in the United States, the Center’s mission is to reassess the standard Cold War narrative by situating it within the wider context of the struggle for social and political change whose origins go back well before World War II. The Center awards travel grants, dissertation, and post-doctoral fellowships for projects using the Tamiment Library’s collections; sponsors a seminar for scholarly work in progress, and organizes occasional conferences, lectures, book talks, and film screenings.


Under the general supervision of the Head of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, the successful candidate will:

• Research, make recommendations, build and maintain websites that feature Tamiment’s oral, print, and photo/film history collections

• Devise a plan for the digitization of all oral history collections.

• Coordinate exhibits and social media aspects (FB, Twitter, and a blog) of Tamiment’s outreach.


Education: Master’s degree in Public History, Archival Studies, Library Science or equivalent. Required Experience: Established record of digitization planning, website development, public relations and reference services. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of WordPress and Omeka. Interest in the fields of labor and political radicalism in twentieth century United States.


Attractive benefits package including tuition remission and generous time off. Salary commensurate with experience and background.


New York, New York, USA


To Apply

To ensure consideration, submit your CV, cover letter and list of three professional references to: This search will remain open until filled.

Company Information

NYU is one of the larger members of the Association of Research Libraries, with 319 FTE staff, 63 of whom are faculty librarians. Librarians responded to 97,000 reference queries in the last year, including via 24-hour cross-globe virtual reference. Librarians reached 20,000 attendees through instructional sessions, and thousands more through orientations and similar events. The Libraries serves a large and diverse population of 40,000 students and faculty across 18 schools and colleges– including, for example, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Tisch School of the Arts, the Stern School of Business, the Meyer College of Nursing, the Wagner School of Public Administration, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, etc.– and from every U.S. state and more than 133 countries. NYU is one of the largest private universities in the U. S., and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, the Manhattan Research Libraries Initiative, the Research Libraries Group Partnership of OCLC, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Digital Library Federation, as well as regional resource sharing consortia. The Libraries also provides an integrated library management system for the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, a consortium that includes New School and Cooper Union. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University is one of the oldest special collections in the United States devoted to the history of left politics, labor, and social protest movements. Its holdings include oral histories, film, and more than 75,000 monographs, 20,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, 15,000 periodical titles, an 850,000 item pamphlet and ephemera collection, and a million photographs. Its collections document the history of labor with an emphasis on the New York area, and the history of radical politics: socialism, communism, anarchism, utopian experiments, the cultural left, the New Left, the post-New Left, the struggle for civil rights and civil liberties as well as the social and cultural contexts in which these movements functioned. It is the repository for the Archives of Irish America, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, and a growing Asian American labor collection. NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Contact Information

Enrique Yanez, Assistant Dean for Human Resources, [email protected], 212-998-2450