Summer 2018 Special Collections Intern
Pequot Library brings literature, music, art, science, and the humanities to our community. For over 125 years, Pequot Library has been a cultural beacon of Southport Village, Fairfield County, and beyond, providing free library services and vibrant and diverse programming.
In addition to maintaining a circulating library, Pequot Library cares for a special collection of more than 30,000 rare books, manuscripts, and archives. There is a Shakespeare Collection including extracts from First Folio (1623) and complete Second (1632), Third (1666), and Fourth (1685) Folios; Grammars and Primers by Noah Webster; and the manuscript and final typescript of the last four chapters of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. Pequot Library is currently pursuing the complete cataloguing of its rare books and materials, and is concurrently curating public exhibitions revolving around the Special Collections.
Special Collections interns provide vital support to Pequot Library and, by extension, to all library patrons. Internship tasks are an essential part of caring for Pequot’s Special Collections. Tasks may include shelving books; cataloging rare books, manuscripts, and archives using Excel spreadsheets; filing; as well as researching materials for upcoming exhibitions. Previous exhibitions have focused on the life and legacy of Jane Austen, contributions to WWI from the home front, and the societal implications of children’s literature.
This is an exceptional opportunity for students to obtain real curatorial experience and to have their name listed as the developer of a public exhibition. Internships begin July 1-August 31 and are 10-15 hours per week and available as paid experiences or for academic credit. For more information and applications please contact us below.
College & University Programs
Pequot Library supports professors and students with research projects by offering access to our Special Collections, by appointment with a librarian, and providing history tours of the Library. Through interactive experiences with the primary source material found in Pequot Library’s Special Collections, our programs spark curiosity, foster critical thinking, and inspire students to share insights and perspectives.