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History Colorado seeks a Cataloging & Digitization Specialist for a limited term, three year position funded by an NHPRC grant. The Cataloging & Digitization Specialist will be responsible for cataloging, arranging, describing, publicizing, and digitizing the Mazzulla Collection.
Fred Milo Mazzulla (1903–1981) was born in Trinidad, Colorado to Italian immigrants, and grew up in various rural towns throughout Colorado. He worked as a defense attorney and was an amateur western historian, photographer, and writer and amassed a collection of more than 250,000 photographic images of the American West. In addition to the photographs, the Mazzulla Collection materials include audio interviews of western pioneers, scrapbooks, correspondence, diaries, legal records, clippings, and other ephemera.
The Mazzulla Collection contains apx. 107,000 items and 253 linear feet that document the American West from the late 19th to mid-20th century that are mostly inaccessible because they are not organized or processed. Approximately 50% of the collection features, locations, ethnic groups, and communities outside of Denver that are underrepresented in the narrative of Colorado and the West. The collection will offer significant research value because they represent understudied topics, populations, or analytical lenses and have great potential to spark scholarship for the history of Colorado and the West.
Responsibilities and duties:
- Research, arrange, and describe the collection, in accordance with institutional procedures, to produce Argus records
- Experience with large collection, processing as well as individual item cataloging
- Digitize and create metadata for the collection, in accordance with institutional procedures, for inclusion in History Colorado’s Online Collections database
- Create two resource kits on the Museums for Digital Learning platform
- Work with project team, scholars, and state historians to create university classroom projects using these photographs as a primary research collection
- Carry out grant digitization and processing plan
- Publicize progress on the project through social media, blog entries, journal articles, and/or public talks
- Works with volunteers and interns