Want to work in the Rubenstein Library this Summer? We’re hiring! $11+/hr

We are looking for you this Summer! 

Assist in arranging and describing collections of original manuscripts, photographs, printed materials, and audiovisual and digital media. Rubenstein Library collections cover a vast array of intellectual and artistic fields, but current priorities and strengths include: African American culture and history; British and American (especially Southern) history and literature; documentary arts; economics; history of medicine; human rights; religion; women's history and culture; and Duke University records. The successful assistant will grow familiar with particular collections but also will gain familiarity with archival collections, how they are organized, and how to use them for research. 

Duties may include: 

  • Arranging archival materials and house them in labeled folders and boxes 
  • Creating descriptive inventories using spreadsheets and XML encoding software 
  • Performing other preservation tasks such as sleeving photographs, photocopying brittle materials, applying bookplates 
  • Separating items from collections using prepared guidelines 

FAQ: What is the Rubenstein Library? https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/ 


  • Responsibility to handle rare materials carefully 
  • Attention to physical and intellectual detail 
  • Strong writing and computer skills; neat handwriting 
  • Ability to work independently once training is provided 

Useful, but not required: 

  • reading knowledge of one or more European languages 
  • background and/or interest in various social sciences and humanities 

Hours are flexible within a M–F, 8:30–5:00 work week, but assistants are expected to set and maintain a consistent schedule. 

Position requires occasional heavy lifting. For individuals with allergies: exposure to dust and mold is probable—protective clothing/masks provided if needed. 

Hours Per Week Range: 6–12+ hrs 

Compensation: $11 per hr. 

Semester: Summer; Academic year 

Location: Smith Warehouse 

To apply: 

Email your resume to william.mclean@duke.edu