Women’s History Institute Virtual Internship

Explore Historic Hudson Valley’s manuscript collection from home and discover the untold stories of 18th-and 19th-century women and men!

The Women’s History Institute of Historic Hudson Valley seeks a graduate, undergraduate or superior high school student with an interest in women’s history for a volunteer/unpaid part-time virtual internship from October-December* and January-May 2022 (deadline for application: December 10, 2021). As part of an ongoing effort to gather primary documents related to the women of the Hudson Valley, the intern will read and transcribe handwritten letters from the family of Judge Josiah Ogden Hoffman (1766-1837), many of which were written by women, including Judge Hoffman’s daughter, Alice Anna Hoffman (1770-?), and her influential circle of friends.

The Hoffmans were a prominent family in New York City and included politicians and poets among their number. They associated with well-known 19th-century figures including Stephen Decatur, Robert Fulton, Rebecca Gratz, Alexander Hamilton, and Washington Irving. The Hoffman letters, however, do not just depict the family’s encounters with contemporary celebrities, but also offer surprising insight into a generation of women who were coming of age in post-Revolutionary America.

Other collections requiring transcription are letters of Alexander Hamilton, Jr. (1816-1889) and contemporary family members, letter and genealogical documents from the families and associates of Washington Irving (1783-1859) and William Duer (1743-1799), bills and accounts of an anonymous 19th-century Westchester woman and women of the Van Cortlandt family.

In addition to transcribing and typing the text of selected Hoffman letters, the intern will also work with HHV staff to develop keyword tags for future finding aids. The ideal candidate will be curious, detail-oriented, and able work independently from home, accessing scans of primary documents online. Regular virtual meetings with HHV’s Research Librarian, Catalina Hannan, and Associate Director of Collections, Jessa Krick, will be scheduled.

Need course credit? It’s possible!

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

*To apply or find out more information about this internship, please send a letter of interest, resume, and a short letter of reference from a teacher/professor or employer emailed to Catalina Hannan at channan@hudsonvalley.org.