Summer internship, UVa Library

Posted on Jan 13, 2014

Campbell drawings

The University of Virginia Library is pleased to offer the opportunity of a six-week internship for the summer of 2014 in their Preservation Services Department, working with the Book Conservator for the University Library Collections.  The purpose of the internship is to perform conservation treatment on a collection of architectural drawings from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.   The architectural drawings are a mixture of blue prints and original tracings from the archive of Edmund Schureman Campbell who was a professor of architecture at the University of Virginia from 1929-1950.  The drawings will be assessed by the intern and prioritized according to complexity of treatment and available time within the schedule of the internship.  The intern will write a treatment plan for each selected drawing and maintain the written documentation throughout the treatment process.

The Campbell drawings display a variety of damage consistent with age and frequent handling that can have a high impact on the physical state of working architectural drawings.  Likely treatments include dry cleaning, adhesive and pressure sensitive tape removal, paper mending, humidification and flattening and use of an ultrasonic welder to encapsulate selected drawings.  Pre-treatment photo documentation will be performed by the Library’s Digital Services Department prior to the intern’s arrival.  It is expected that the intern will participate in the after-treatment photo-doc at the end of the six week internship.  The intern will be required to give a presentation to library staff at the end of the internship, describing the project overall and highlighting a few specific details from the treatments.

Treatment will be performed in the UVa Library Conservation lab, a small but well-equipped facility with a 4’x6’ treatment sink, de-ionized water system, fume trunk, suction platen, and the usual tools.  The treatment will be performed under the supervision of the Book Conservator for Library Collections and in consultation with the Library Curator for the University Archives.

The Library is offering a $4000 stipend to support the internship.  The internship can be scheduled for any consecutive six-week period between June 16, 2014 and September 1, 2014.  We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.  The ideal candidate will have prior treatment experience with architectural drawings.

Applicants should send a resume, letter of interest and the contact information for three professional references via email to Eliza Gilligan, Book Conservator for University Library Collections at

Applicants must be a US citizen.