ARCHIVAL INTERN OPPORTUNITY!
The Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum in Clarkdale, AZ, has received a grant from the Arizona Historical Society to help support the accession and processing of a large collection of historical items recently acquired from the Town of Clarkdale. We are looking for an archival intern to focus exclusively on documenting, photographing, and archivally processing these items.
The collection consists of 36 boxes of miscellaneous objects, photos, library items, and archives that illustrate the history of the growth of Clarkdale from its beginnings in 1912 to its incorporation in 1957. Numerous larger items include light fixtures, office machines, china and silver, furniture, ledgers, blueprints, architectural drawings, and other miscellanea related to the United Verde Copper Co. and the Clark Memorial Clubhouse.
It would be preferable to find someone who is already trained in using the Past Perfect 5 museum software database, but training can be provided if necessary. The intern must have computer skills and be a reliable worker, detail oriented, well organized, and precise and careful in their methodology and work habits. He/she can work full or part time and hours can be flexible as long as a reasonable number of hours are put in on a regular basis. The hourly rate is $10/hour. The project time period is from November 2017 to June 2018, but the grant, which will be supplemented to a degree by the museum, will probably only fund a 5- to 6-month position.
Interested people should contact Linda Smith, Collections Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 764-0547. We would be glad to set up appointments to further discuss the project and tour the collections with anyone who is interested.
All items are available for study and research. The museum is a great place to donate personal family paper items that people might consider irrelevant but that actually shed a great deal of light on the growth and development of Clarkdale. Archives are permanently valuable records, such as letters, reports, accounts, manuscripts, and other records that provide information about people and places.
Senator William Andrews Clark—copper magnate, railroad baron, and one of the richest men of the Gilded Age—bought the United Verde Copper Company mine in Jerome in 1888. When he decided to move his smelter further downhill in 1912, he planned and built Clarkdale to house his workers. Arizona's first company town, it included residences, a business district, a hospital, schools, and a town park. The town was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
The Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum is housed in the old clinic building, designed by Los Angeles architect Arthur R. Kelly and constructed during the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. The clinic dispensed medicine and treated minor injuries of the smelter workers and their families on a 24-hour basis. The clinic closed in the early 1950s, and when the town incorporated in 1957, the building became town offices. A jail was constructed in the boiler room while the police department occupied the basement. In the early 1980s, the Clark Memorial Library moved into the building, which later housed the Department of Motor Vehicles.The renovated building was formally opened as the Clarkdale Museum in 2008.
Sun - Noon - 3pm
Mon - 11am - 2pm
Tue - Closed
Wed - 10am - 1pm
Thu - 11am - 2pm
Fri - 11am - 2pm
Sat - 11am - 2pm
(or by appointment)