“After four years of sorting through the cemetery’s archives, the volunteers are accustomed to deciphering fancy handwriting and decoding orotund sentences. A note from an executor instructing the cemetery to prepare a certain plot for the burial of a widow next to her husband can seem as involved as a paragraph from Henry James or Edith Wharton.” —- James Barron, NY Times, “Preserving History, Uncovering Secrets, at Green-Wood Cemetery”, July 4, 2013
Curious about the origins of Green-Wood Cemetery and the individual stories and biographies of its “permanent residents”? Or just fascinated by the richness and depth of the vast number of monuments, sculptures, mausolea, and memorials that adorn the grounds?
As a volunteer, The Green-Wood Historic Fund offers you a multitude of ways to satisfy your curiosity: you can handle and preserve original and primary sources materials; make a lasting contribution to history by participating in varied research projects; or help to make our wealth of archival and historical records known and accessible.
Since 2009, the Green-Wood Historic Fund’s Archives and Historical Collections has hosted numerous volunteers and student interns. They have assisted us in the arrangement, description and preservation of our archival and historical holdings, as well as participated in several salient research projects. Working alongside and with the guidance and direction of Green-Wood’s archivist, managers of collections and historian, volunteers and interns have ably assisted our team on numerous projects, including:
- • Archival processing and preservation of 19th and 20th century documents, architectural drawings, photographs, and records.
• Digitization of manuscripts and pictorial records.
• Creation of archival database entries and programs.
• Conducted in depth historical and biographical research supporting varied initiatives, publications and exhibitions about the cemetery and its “permanent residents”.
Our historical records and collections date back to the 1830’s, so there is much to do. So please join us, today!
• Volunteers and interns must be able to commit to a minimum of 5 hours per week.
• Students interested in a general, noncredit bearing or a credit bearing internship must be pursuing a career in museum studies, archives, or a related field of study. For a credit bearing internship, you must submit written confirmation from your school or program stating that you will receive course credit for hours completed.
• Recent graduates wanting to gain additional hands on experience are also encouraged to apply.
• Submit a resume and complete the attached application to…..(email address to be created)