2018 RealArts@Penn internship at the Morgan Library & Museum

About the Morgan

A museum and scholarly research center located in midtown Manhattan, the Morgan began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in United States history. The Morgan holds important collections of literary, historical, music, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; rare books; drawings; and ancient Near Eastern cylinder seals. The campus, redesigned in 2006 by architect Renzo Piano, includes Pierpont Morgan’s original 1906 Italianate library as well as research facilities, exhibition galleries, an education center, a lecture and performance space, and conservation center. To learn more: http://www.themorgan.org/

What to expect

As a curatorial assistant in the Morgan’s department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, the intern will provide general departmental support and engage in a specific project: processing selected business records of Belle da Costa Greene, a woman of color who worked as the private librarian of Pierpont Morgan and his son, Jack, beginning in 1905 and went on to serve as the Morgan’s first director when it became a public institution in 1924. The project will entail both archival rehousing (placing documents in archival containers) and archival description (writing brief descriptions of the contents of each folder) as part of a larger project to create a finding aid to the records of Greene’s tenure at the Morgan. The intern’s work will help lay the foundation for a major exhibition and educational program about Greene’s professional accomplishments and contributions.

The intern will receive a museum identification card that allows for free admission to New York city museums during the internship period. A writing sample and background check will be required.

The Morgan seeks an intern with an interest in archival work, the history of American cultural institutions, and early twentieth-century African American history. The Morgan is committed to enhancing the diversity of the archives, library, and museum professions and welcomes applications from students of every race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background.


The precise dates and hours will be determined in consultation with the Morgan’s curatorial staff.