Nantucket Historical Association


PICS Organization Name
Nantucket Historical Association

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Organization Description

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

The NHA is steward of an artifact collection of more than 30,000 objects, including complete skeletons of a 40-foot finback and a 46-foot sperm whale. The NHA’s Research Library is a special collections repository of primary resources focusing on Nantucket history and houses more than 1,000 linear feet of archival materials and more than 8,000 volumes related to Nantucket’s history.

The Whaling Museum, which received national accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2007, is the NHA’s state-of-the-art flagship venue and serves as the center of a campus that includes nineteen historic properties and sites. The association has more than 3,000 members and serves growing audiences of year-round and seasonal residents and visitors to the island from throughout the country and the world.

The association hosted Princeton interns in summers 2018 and 2019. Both students were hard-working young professionals with an interest in history. They contributed to their projects enthusiastically, and the association hopes to benefit from that level of enthusiasm and professionalism again in the future.

Internship Description

The Collections & Research Services Intern will be exposed to all aspects of cultural heritage work in a research environment, including hands-on experience working with manuscript, photographic, and artifact collections.

Projects may include assisting with new acquisitions, including creating accession records and collection control files; contributing to processing new manuscript and photographic collections; and assisting with ongoing artifact collections management. The intern also participates in the Research Library’s reference desk schedule, develops collections-focused posts for social media, and responds to remote research queries. Based on the intern’s interests, they may also plan and propose outreach projects, contribute to ongoing collections assessment work, or catalog print materials.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$450 10 5/31/21 - 8/6/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm Yes Yes No Unsure

Internship Qualifications

Expected degree or significant coursework in history, art, archaeology, museum studies, or related fields; interest in a career in libraries, museums, or archives; some experience using primary source materials; solid time management skills; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; careful attention to detail and the ability to offer suggestions when needed; positive attitude.

A knowledge of American history, literature, maritime history, or geography is advantageous, yet not required.

**Housing is included in internship

Former Interns
Jeremy Nelson '20, Abbie Minard '20

Evaluation Excerpt

It was clear that the organization aims to bring the community together through shared history and emphasize Nantucket's legacy as an atypically socially progressive setting, with regard to the rights of women and African-Americans. -- Abbie Minard '20