Appleton Family Scanning Project - Archives & Research Center


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Archive and Research Center27 Everett StreetSharon, MA 02067


Organization/Repository: Trustees of Reservations - Archives & Research Center
Internship Program: Archives
Semester: Fall
Year: 2016
Location Name: The Trustees of Reservations Archives & Research Center
Address: 27 Everett Street
City, State, ZIP: Sharon, MA, 02067
Supervisor: Head Archivist
Hours: T, W, Th, 9-4
Mass Transit: Accessible via mass transit
Commuter train from South Station to Sharon. Walk 15 minutes to the Archives & Research Center.
Parking: Parking available

This position is unpaid

Established in 1636, Appleton Farms in Ipswich and Hamilton, MA is one of the oldest continually operating farms in the country. The Appleton family farmed the land for generations and expanded their farming into beef, timber and dairy production. The family also enjoyed fox hunts and steeple chases. The family papers span from 1504-2008, (bulk from 1880’s - 1950’s) items include correspondence, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, etc. The Intern will be trained by the Head Archivist and Processing Archivist best practices with digitizing historic materials using a flatbed scanner. The Intern will digitize selected items from the collection and record basic metadata on a provided spreadsheet utilizing information from the Finding Aid. Additional genealogical material will also be provided. Careful handling of the material is required. The focus of the digitization will be on older letters and documents from the 19th century.

* Strong organizational skills and attention to details
* Excellent communication and time management skills.
* Ability to work independently; ability to take direction; willingness to ask questions
* Basic manuscript handling techniques
* Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
* Ability to use a flatbed scanner
* Ability to lift up to 40 pound boxes
* Interest in cataloging
* Interest in Massachusetts history and culture preferred
* This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time
* Logging Internship hours weekly into our volunteer database

Organizational Overview
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers and more than 40,000 members.

The Trustees’ curatorial resources include archives, buildings, landscapes, ruins and artifacts covering hundreds of years of human history. In the historic houses, at the Archives & Research Center, and in the land itself, The Trustees preserves the landscapes and material culture of Massachusetts people. Objects and archives enrich a wide range of programs and activities.

Archives & Research Center (ARC) and the Collections
The Archives & Research Center (ARC) is the hub of The Trustees’ curatorial, stewardship, and organizational history. Located in Sharon, Massachusetts, the ARC provides outside researchers, Trustees staff, and volunteers access to thousands of historical documents, objects, and artifacts related to The Trustees’ properties. The ARC, an energy-efficient, climate-controlled building, opened in 2008 and houses 1,500 linear feet of archival materials which document The Trustees’ founding role in the land trust movement, the stories of The Trustees’ properties across the Commonwealth, and the lives of American families from the 1600s to the present. The Trustees’ collections represent domestic furnishings, outdoor sculptures, fine and decorative arts from pre-contact to the 20th century. They include more than 30 private collections featuring exceptional pieces from indigenous Massachusetts peoples to mid-century Modern. Archival collections include works of art on paper, photographs, maps, architectural plans, garden designs, botanical specimens, manuscripts, letters, diaries, books, business ledgers, legal documents and deeds linked to specific properties and to the organization’s history.

To Apply send a cover letter and resume to Eileen Small at Applications without cover letters will not be considered.


  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Microsoft Office Suite

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

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