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Digital Franklin Research Fellowship

The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) at the American Philosophical Society Library invites applications for a one-year fellowship for scholars with terminal degrees in fields including (but not limited to) history, digital humanities, public history, and library and information science to work with APS staff at the CDS on a digital project focused on financial and postal account books kept by Benjamin Franklin from 1730-1787. These historic records reveal Franklin’s business and personal concerns as well as his work as Postmaster of colonial Philadelphia. Reporting to the Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology, the successful candidate will assist the Center by researching and composing text for a digital exhibition, digitizing archival materials, creating data, and working on other web-based resources that highlight the account books, including data visualizations. 


Eligible applicants must have an M.A., an MLIS, or a Ph.D. with demonstrated experience working on DH projects. Knowledge of current DH trends, tools, and technologies is required. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team is essential. Experience working with datasets and data visualization is strongly preferred. Applicants with training and research interests in the digital humanities, early American history and/or business history are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit the following materials via Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/61448):

  • a CV,
  • a cover letter explaining qualifications for and interest in the position, and,
  • the names of three references (not letters of reference, please).

Salary: $45,000 plus benefits.

Applications will be accepted through May 3, 2019. The start date is summer 2019. 

Please forward questions about the project to Bayard Miller, Head of Digital Scholarship & Technology, at bmiller@amphilsoc.org.

The Center for Digital Scholarship promotes the holdings of the APS Library through digitization, digital humanities, and the development of tools and software. We partner with scholars, institutions, and students from across the country to explore what digital scholarship means in a small, independent research library. We ask questions about our role within the field of digital scholarship, and we find answers through practice and experimentation. To learn more about the Center for Digital Scholarship, and to explore our recent projects, please visit us here.

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