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Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow

Modified: February 8, 2017

Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow

DEPARTMENT: Exhibitions and Major Projects

TERM: One year, September 5, 2017 to August 30, 2018, with possible extension for a second year

The Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow will participate in the planning and preparation for the library’s major scholarly initiative framed to respond to the question What is the Midwest? The initiative will include gallery and online exhibitions, additional digital resources, and programs for scholars, students, and the public. This project will draw upon the Newberry collection for a multidisciplinary exploration the past, present, and future of the American Midwest in economic, geographic, and cultural terms. The gallery exhibition will be mounted in the fall of 2019. The project programs will take place during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. The fellow will report to the Director of Exhibitions and Major Projects.


  • For the gallery and digital exhibitions: collaborate with members of the project team (comprising Newberry staff members and outside scholars) in framing and refining exhibition categories; identify preliminary selections, research specific items in the collection for inclusion; translate as needed; assist with label writing, planning, and administration;
  • For the related digital resources: collaborate with the scholarly advisors, Digital Initiatives and Services staff, Information Technology staff, Communications staff, and other library staff members in conceptualizing, designing and implementing the digital humanities components of the project, which may include blog posts, podcasts, videos, interactive timelines and maps, outreach through social media, and crowd-sourced programs; identify preliminary selections, research specific items in the collection for inclusion, assist with researching and writing textual components, as well as with planning and administration;
  • Assist project team in conceptualizing and planning public and scholarly programs;
  • Carry out other assignments as needed to achieve departmental goals;
  • Provide assistance to other Newberry Library departments and initiatives, including but not limited to Collections and Library Services, Research and Academic Programs, Development, and Communications projects.


  • PhD in a humanities field, with a research focus on the American Midwest; strong preference for specialization in an area other than Chicago;
  • Experience in digital humanities and using primary source materials in research preferred;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, Scalar, and project management software preferred;
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications skills and ability to interact and collaborate with diverse constituencies required.

Schedule: Full-time, 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends for special events. One-year, grant-funded, exempt position.

Date Posted: January 31, 2017

Date Available: September 5, 2017

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin April 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
Send application materials to The Office of Human Resources at hr@newberry.org. Applications should include a cover letter, cv, short (30 pages or less) writing sample, and contact information for three references.


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