North Carolina Collection Graduate Assistant

North Carolina Collection Graduate Assistant


TITLE: Graduate Assistant


DEPARTMENT: North Carolina Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, University Libraries


SUMMARY: The North Carolina Collection seeks a graduate assistant to conduct scholarly research about African Americans in North Carolina using archival and print resources in the Wilson Special Collections Library and other archival repositories.  Research will initially be focused on the lives and contributions of enslaved and free people who worked on and contributed to the success of Hayes, a large agricultural enterprise and community in Edenton, N.C., dating to the 1760s.   As time allows, research will also focus on the lives and work of other African American artisans and business leaders in the state.  Most of this work will be done remotely.

START DATE: August 17, 2020


END DATE: May 31, 2021


SALARY: $1090.70/monthly, and student mandatory health insurance paid


HOURS: 15/weekly


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Engage in research using available online and print resources, and requesting copies of materials not available online
  • Identify topics to feature in short and long-term physical displays and online exhibits
  • Writing interpretive text for displays and exhibits
  • Identifying potential purchases of material culture related to the African American experience in North Carolina by searching auction sites
  • Contributing to NCC social media postings on a regular basis
  • Possibly provide Gallery support when facilities re-open: answering phones, greeting/directing patrons


Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest in and knowledge of the history and culture of North Carolina, especially in the experiences of African Americans in North Carolina
  • Experience working with archival collections
  • Familiarity with library discovery tools including the online library catalog and electronic databases
  • Comfort with web tools and other digital technology
  • Reliability and flexibility
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for a reference to

Linda Jacobson, North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Library, CB#3930,