Volunteer at the Archives of American Art

Volunteer

Volunteers should have an interest in American history, art history, or archival and information science, and should be able to spend at least four hours a week on assigned tasks. Both in-person and digital volunteer opportunities are available.

In-person volunteers at the Archives of American Art are part of the Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Program of the Smithsonian Institution.

Digital volunteers may not be required to officially register with the Smithsonian’s Volunteer Program, depending on the nature and duration of their project.

For a full listing of volunteer opportunities throughout the Smithsonian, see si.edu/volunteer.

Oral History Interviews of 20th Century American Artists

Position: Proofreader and Researcher
Project: The volunteer will “audit” oral history interviews with artists, art dealers, art collectors, and others who have influenced art in America. Auditing entails proofreading the interview and adding relevant supplementary information to the transcript while listening to a recording of the interview. The volunteer will identify discrepancies between the transcript and the recording and research names, places, works of art, galleries, exhibits, etc. mentioned in the interview. Changes will be made electronically in Microsoft Word using track changes. Transcripts and interviews have been conducted since 1958 and may have audio issues. Volunteers will work from home as on-site space is very limited.
Location: Online only
Dates: Spring 2013 and ongoing
How to apply: Email SnyderJ@si.edu.

Position: Proofreader and Copy editor
Project: The volunteer will be looking at an oral history transcript that has been edited by hand by the interviewer and/or interviewee. Corrections will then be made electronically in Microsoft Word using track changes. The volunteer will work from home as on-site space is very limited.
Location: Online only
Dates: Spring 2013 and ongoing
How to apply: Email SnyderJ@si.edu.

Transcription of Documents

Position: Transcriber and Reviewer
Project: Help make digitized historical documents more findable and useful by transcribing their text. We are seeking volunteers to help transcribe documents from the Archives of American Art through the Smithsonian’s digital volunteer portal.
Location: Online only
Dates: Ongoing
How to apply: Register an account at Smithsonian Digital Volunteers: Transcription Center