Library Exhibit Internship: Philippines Photography

The Haverford College Library and the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities offer an internship for the Summer of 2012 focused on research featuring a set of turn-of-the-century ethnographic photographs from the Philippines.

The Haverford College Library and the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities offer an internship for the Summer of 2012 focused on research featuring a set of turn-of-the-century ethnographic photographs from the Philippines.  The intern will spend the summer researching the photographs and writing label text for an exhibition scheduled for installation in the Spring of 2013.  The student will also consider programming ideas and make recommendations for a talk, series of talks, or a program to run concurrently with the exhibition.  Funding for the internship will be provided as follows:  $2,000 from the Center for Arts and Humanities to cover the cost of the student’s travel ($1,500) and materials ($500) during Summer 2012; $4,300 available from the Library for up to 10 weeks of employment.


The 83 photographs in question are part of the “Howard Haines Brinton and Anna Shipley Cox Brinton papers, 1859-2005,” a collection of Quaker family papers.  One member of the family, Alvin J. Cox,  visited the Philippines on an inspection trip by the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources as Director of the Bureau of Science in 1911.  However, the photographs come from a slightly earlier time and are the product of zoologist, Dean C. Worcester, a member of the United States Philippine Commission, 1899-1901, and Secretary of the Interior for the Insular Government of the Philippine Islands, until 1913. The photographs appeared in several National Geographic articles by Dean Worcester in 1911-1913 and are labeled as having been taken by Worcester or those under his direction. They depict the people of the northern Cordillera region, as well as from the Muslim southern region of Lanao in Mindanao. In addition to both staged and naturalistic images of native people, there are images of roads, buildings, monuments, and countryside.


The work of the student will begin with researching the photographs and their subjects and placing both within the context of the United States occupation of the Philippines during the Philippine-American War (1899-1902). The photographs and their subjects lend themselves to being viewed through multiple lenses, including those of United States and Philippino history, anthropology, colonial studies, and so on.  Part of the process of researching the photographs will be to identify the “experts”—both on Haverford’s campus and beyond—who can assist in orienting the photographs among these multiple fields of study.  Dean Worcester’s papers, including more of his photographs, reside at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library, and a trip to visit this library could be part of the project. Additionally, the student will work with staff of the Hurford Center and the Library to plan an exhibition of the photographs.  This will include the physical design of the exhibition, the planning of a budget for services and supplies, and the writing of captions and explanatory texts.  It may also include the planning of an online exhibit to accompany the material one.  Associated events will also be planned by the student, which may include a lecture by a noted authority and/or a symposium that brings together several scholars during the run of the exhibit.  As the exhibition and associated events will not take place during Summer 2012, the student will be welcome to take part in its execution several months later, but this will not be a requirement of the project.


Terry Snyder, Librarian of the College, will serve as the project advisor and will meet regularly with the student to offer direction and advice to the student.  Other Library staff who will be involved include John Anderies, Head of Special Collections, who will provide support for the use of the photographs and the planning of the exhibition; bibliographers Margaret Schaus and James Gulick, who may provide additional assistance as subject specialists in Anthropology and History.  The consulting Haverford faculty member on the project is Jim Krippner. The student may wish to contact other faculty who may have interest in this project including Bethel Saler (American History), Andrew Friedman (American History), Maris Gillette and Laurie Kaine Hart (Anthropology), Paul Smith (East Asian Studies), and others.

Skills required

The successful applicant will have an interest in history, anthropology, and/or visual literacy (art history); organizational skills; strong research skills; oral and written communication skills; and attention to detail. Knowledge of Spanish and possibly Tagalog may be useful but not required.

To Apply

Applications are due via email to by 5:00 p.m. on March 2, 2012. Please put "[your last name] Internship Application" in the subject line.

Download the application (.docx)