The UCLA Library created the Center for Primary Research and Training to integrate special collections materials more fully into the teaching and research mission of the university. The center pairs students with archival projects in their areas of interest, introducing them to archival practice through hands-on training, and their work results in making special collections materials more accessible to the research community. It was launched with a generous lead gift from the Ahmanson Foundation.
The Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) seeks applications from graduate students for positions that will allow students to gain first-hand experience in working with archival resources. CFPRT scholars are able to work up to 35 hours per week during the summer quarter, Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm, and are paid $19.54 per hour.
To be considered for positions, please email the application below, in addition to a letter of interest and a CV or résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please enter "Attn: Angel Diaz" in the email subject field.
Fall Quarter 2017 application deadline is October 6, 2017.
Processing or archival experience not required for the position below. A commitment of 2-3 quarters is preferable.
University Archives Processing Scholar
The UCLA University Archives, established in 1949 by Provost Clarence A. Dykstra, is the official repository for non-current UCLA records having permanent historical, fiscal, legal, or administrative value. Records in the University Archives date from the late nineteenth century, when UCLA's predecessor institution, the Los Angeles State Normal School, was founded. The University Archives scholar will gain hands-on training in the appraisal, arrangement, and description of unprocessed archival collections. The scholar will survey collections, set priorities for processing, and process collections of UCLA faculty. The scholar will learn to apply efficient techniques to appraise and process collections. The scholar will also become familiar with archival and library standards such as EAD, DACS, MARC, LCSH, and LCNAF.
In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the Center for Primary Research and Training, UCLA Library Special Collections hosted a half-day symposium on October 24, 2014. The symposium featured presentations and remarks from nine current and former UCLA graduate students.
To see the schedule and the complete list of speakers, please visit http://cfprt.eventbrite.com.
Five Short Films about the Center
The UCLA Library has released five short films documenting the history of the center and highlighting four student projects:
Written, directed, and produced by Erin Flannery, the films have been made possible with support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Irving and Jean Stone Endowment, and University Librarian Discretionary Fund.
What the Center Does
- enables students to conduct research using the immensely rich holdings of UCLA Library Special Collections, perhaps relieving them of the financial burden of conducting research elsewhere
- encourages broader and more innovative uses of original sources at UCLA
- encourages feedback from doctoral candidates and their faculty committees that will help the UCLA Library understand how scholarly resources can be developed for optimal use in the future
- promotes special collections as fundamental to UCLA's mission by emphasizing that scholarly research ultimately depends on the availability of primary sources
- enhances access to collections and backlogs, thus surfacing "hidden collections" and making holdings more visible online, following established standards for what constitutes adequate access
- utilizes the energy, ambition, and subject knowledge of students to fill gaps in expertise on the part of full-time staff, which is particularly important in an era of reduced staffing
- better informs UCLA administrators and faculty as well as members of the wider community about special collections holdings and the obligations and responsibilities an institution assumes when it undertakes stewardship of special collections materials.