Graduate student opportunity – “The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice” seminar at the Newberry Library

The Newberry Library invites graduate students in the humanities to apply for a spring 2022 seminar that will explore the theoretical, critical, and practical methods necessary to negotiate historical and literary archives. The Newberry’s Liesl Olson and invited speakers from regional institutions will facilitate discussion of the “big questions” of the archive with 18 selected students. Additionally, students will collaborate with archival staff to develop a processing plan for an unprocessed collection at the Newberry. The seminar is ideal for PhD students in or beyond their third year of doctoral study who wish to deepen their engagement with archival institutions, to prepare for diverse humanities careers, and to build a supportive community around the archival experience of graduate students.

“The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice” will be held on eight Fridays from February 11 to April 8, 2022 (with no class on February 25). Students must commit to attending all eight sessions. All selected applicants will receive a $500 award. In addition, the Newberry will provide one night of accommodations per session and up to $1000 for transportation costs for students travelling from outside Chicago. The deadline for applications is August 30, 2021.


The seminar is part of a larger initiative that will culminate with a symposium on May 5 and 6, 2022, that will bring together seminar faculty, students, invited archival specialists, humanities scholars, and directors of graduate study at major universities to make public the findings of our work and potential avenues for integrating archival practice more fully into doctoral programs in the humanities.

For more information, and to apply for this opportunity by August 30, visit: