Women’s History Institute

Virtual Internship

Mathilda Hoffman
John A. J. Wilcox. Matilda Hoffman. Engraving. New York, c. 1883. Historic Hudson Valley (SS.98.1).

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

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 March-May (deadline for application: February 15, 2021) and May-September 2021 (deadline for application: May 15, 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.

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.