Christina Fidler, Museum Archivist

Closed (1) Archives Preservation Apprentice at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

The world's natural history museums are responsible for documenting over 1.8 million species known as a result of 300 years of biological exploration of the planet. The information contained in museums include observational and specimen-based data, text, images, sound and video and form the foundation of what we know about life on earth. The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ), one of the few university-based museums on campus, is no exception, holding almost 700,000 amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds from around the globe dating back to 1832.

We are seeking students to assist in a large preservation effort in the MVZ Archives. Students will be trained by a professional conservator and will assist in rehousing the museum’s historic photo collection. These images document the MVZ field expeditions, research, and changing landscapes over the past century. It is an invaluable collection that visually documents much of the West prior to major urban development. It has great interdisciplinary interest and is need of proper housing to ensure its preservation for future generations.

Qualifications: Steady hands, attention to detail, good organizational skills, creativity, problem solving, and enthusiasm are required abilities. We encourage applicants who are interested in photography, preservation, natural history and California history. Biology major not required.



Students will learn best practices in photo handling and preservation. Students will also learn best practices in archival description. Student apprentices are expected to write and share their experiences on the MVZ Archives blog. (See here for last year's entries:http://mvzarchives.wordpress.com/category/urapss/)


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Christina V. Fidler, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Qualifications: Steady hands, attention to detail, good organizational skills, creativity, problem solving, and enthusiasm are required abilities. We encourage applicants who are interested in photography, preservation, natural history and California history. All majors welcome to apply.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Related website: http://mvz.berkeley.edu/

Closed (2) Archives Digitization Apprentice at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

The MVZ Archives is continuing its efforts to make data from its collections digitally accessible and unlock the invaluable information contained within the field note volumes. These data are not only the context for the museum’s specimen collection but they also provide a baseline for resurvey work. From the observations and journal entries in the field notes, researchers can answer questions about the native ecological conditions of many regions in the western hemisphere.

Students will help digitize, transcribe, and interpret field notes from the museum’s historic field note collection. Using the Archive’s Scanning Protocols, students will scan field note volumes. Through this process, students will see first hand the detail and structure used in creating field notes per the Grinnell method.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Christina V. Fidler, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Basic computer literacy, web research skills, attention to detail, good organizational skills, creativity, problem solving, and enthusiasm are required abilities. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is helpful but not necessary. We encourage applicants who are interested in natural history, California history, geography, and biodiversity informatics. Biology major not required.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Related website: http://mvz.berkeley.edu/archives_index.php
Related website: https://mvzarchives.wordpress.com/

Closed (3) CalDay Exhibit Apprentice at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2017.

We are seeking one student to assist the archivist in developing an exhibit at the MVZ.  The student will conduct historical research and use primary source material to develop an exhibit highlighting research at the museum. The exhibit will be designed for CalDay.

The student will help plan, develop and execute an Archives exhibit for CalDay. The student will learn methodologies in developing exhibits, creating interpretive labels. Additionally, the student will learn best practices in handling museum objects.

Qualifications: Steady hands, attention to detail, good organizational skills, creativity, problem solving, and enthusiasm are required. We encourage applicants who are interested in photography, preservation, natural history and California history. All majors welcome to apply. Students must be available to setup and attend Cal Day which will be held on Saturday, April 22 2017. 

The student will help plan, develop and execute an Archives exhibit for CalDay. The student will learn methodologies in developing exhibits, creating interpretive labels. Additionally, the student will learn best practices in handling and projecting delicate lantern slides.

Qualifications: Steady hands, attention to detail, good organizational skills, creativity, problem solving, and enthusiasm are required. We encourage applicants who are interested in photography, preservation, natural history and California history. All majors welcome to apply. Students must be available to setup and attend Cal Day which will be held on Saturday, April 16 2016.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California

Closed (4) Historic Collections assistant

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

Explore the history of the MVZ and its impact on our understanding of the natural world. This student will assist the archivist in preparing collections for processing. Work includes: rehousing materials, creating box lists, and other pre-processing activities. This is a perfect apprenticeship for someone curious about archives. No biology background required.

Students will learn best practices in archival processing, photo handling and preservation. Students will also learn best practices in archival description. Student apprentices are expected to write and share their experiences on the MVZ Archives blog. (See here for last year's entries:http://mvzarchives.wordpress.com/category/urapss/)

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Christina Velazquez Fidler, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Basic computer literacy, web research skills, attention to detail, good organizational skills, creativity, problem solving, and enthusiasm are required abilities. We encourage applicants who are interested in natural history and California history. All majors welcome to apply.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs