The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to offer a few summer positions to successful pre-program applicants for its Fashion Archives Internship Program. This program focuses on the documentation, conservation, re-housing, and promotion of the extensive fashion collection at the Maryland Historical Society. Interns will have the opportunity to enhance their condition reporting, costume mounting, and conservation skills while gaining hands-on experience with the collection.
The Maryland Historical Society was founded in 1844 by an extraordinary constellation of civic leaders. Among them are familiar names: Hopkins, Key, Garrett, and Pratt. Nearly 170 years later, MdHS is the oldest continuously operated cultural institution in Maryland. In many ways, our current activities reflect those of our founders. MdHS remains the preeminent steward of Maryland artifacts and continues to function as a publisher, a research library, a museum of history and the arts, a lecture and conference venue, and a memorial to the definitive conflicts that helped forge Maryland’s unique identity.
The fashion collection at the Maryland Historical Society includes an impressive range of clothing and fashion accessories spanning four centuries and numbering over 10,000 pieces. Rare examples survive in the collection including the uniform of Revolutionary War hero, Tench Tilghman, gowns worn by Elizabeth Bonaparte and the Duchess of Windsor, as well as early couture pieces from Parisian and American couture houses, such as the House of Worth and Lottie Barton.
Interns will assist collection staff in identifying, documenting, treating, and rehousing the costume collection as it moves into its new storage space. Treatments will include vacuuming, tear-repairs, stabilization, and humidification, with an emphasis on proper re-housing and preventive conservation techniques. In addition, each intern will learn costume-mounting techniques and will be responsible for fitting and dressing one form for display. Interns will use blogging and social media platforms to document and promote the program throughout the process. Finally, interns will do a short presentation on their summer project for the public at the end of the internship
Successful candidates will have an interest in costume and costume history, good hand and eye skills, a working knowledge of housing textiles, and be trained in the proper handling and care of collections. An ideal applicant is highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to work independently as well as with a small group. Competency is basic sewing techniques is preferred, but not required. A Bachelor’s Degree in conservation, costume history, collection management or the equivalent is required.
The Maryland Historical Society will accept two interns for a period of 10 weeks with flexible start dates. Each intern will receive a stipend of $1,500 and is expected to work 28-35 hours a week.
To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for two references to:
Vice President of Collections
The deadline for application is March 31, 2020.