National Historic Publications and Records
Commission Selects Marcus Center to Host Archival Fellow
Prestigious appointment to bring emerging
archival leader to Cincinnati
CINCINNATI, OH:---The Jacob Rader Marcus Center
of the American Jewish Archives, located on the Cincinnati campus
of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has received
notification from the National Historic Publications and Records
Commission (NHPRC) that it has been selected to host an Archival
Fellow for a one-year tenure, beginning in the Fall of 2002. The
NHPRC, a national commission under the aegis of the National Archives
and Records Administration, supports a wide range of activities
to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources
relating to the history of the United States.
This highly prestigious appointment by the NHPRC will bring an
emerging leader in the field of archival administration to The Marcus
Center for a year of mentoring and professional experience. The
NHPRC provides the fellowship program as an opportunity for professional
archivists with two to five years' work experience to gain new or
additional experience with administrative procedures and problems.
The host institution introduces the fellow to a wide variety of
archival administrative experiences.
“The Marcus Center is elated to have been selected to host an NHPRC
fellow,” said Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of The Marcus
center. “This high honor places our institution in the esteemed
company of other, and in fact larger, archival institutions across
the country who have hosted NHPRC fellows-many of whom have already
made significant contributions to archival literature or moved into
positions of higher authority in the field.”
The fellowship program engages institutions that deal with personal
papers collections, manuscripts, and government records. “The object
of the program is the development of a pool of future archival administrators,”
said Roger A. Bruns, Deputy Executive Director of the NHPRC. “The
program also seeks to invigorate older archival institutions with
fresh ideas derived from recent, academically trained staff.”
The Commission will work with The Marcus Center to develop training
programs for the fellow in professional skill areas such as appraisal,
budget preparation, personnel administration, training supervision,
collection practices, and external affairs.
Previous host archival institutions have included the University
of Arizona, Cornell University, Radcliffe College, the University
of Washington, Princeton University and Duke University.
Currently, the NHPRC is accepting applications for the position.
(Information can be obtained at www.nara.gov/nhprc) Applications
are due in early March, with fellow selection to be made by mid-May.
While at The Marcus Center, the NHPRC Archival Fellow will work
on collections development, institutional programming and planning
and on special projects related to the upcoming year-long celebration
of 350 years of American Jewish history. (2004)