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Hurford Center for the Arts and the Humanities / Library Internship

The Library and the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities offer an internship for the Summer of 2013 focused on research featuring the classical antiquities within the College’s Special Collections. The intern will spend the summer researching and contextualizing the antiquities and writing label text for an exhibition scheduled for the Spring of 2014.

Funding for the internship will be provided as follows: $4,050 for 11 weeks of employment with additional opportunity for continued or related to research extending into the Fall 2013 term if needed.

Classical Antiquities Collection

The George and Ernest Allen, (both HC ’40), collection was purchased by the Allen brothers through Robert Hecht. The collection contains twenty-four items and includes vessels and sculptures, the majority of which date from the fourth and fifth centuries BCE.

Our collection also includes some additional pieces from David Dunn ’35 that may include Beth Shemesh artifacts from multiple digs in Israel in the 1920s and 30s performed by HC professor Elihu Grant.

Please see TriArte: http://triarte.brynmawr.edu for a visual sense of the holdings.

Project

Robert Hecht (HC ’41) acted as an American antiquities dealer beginning in the 1950s and became the preeminent dealer in the 1960s and 1970s. While Ernest, according to George, purchased the majority of the collection, George Allen was for some time employed by Hecht's company Hesperian Art and was able to serve as an agent for his brother.

By the1970s Hecht’s success also brought an increase in visibility and criticism. For example, when Hecht sold a Euphronios krater to the Metropolitan Museum in 1972 for $1 million, the Italian government charged that the vase was excavated illegally. In 2005 Hecht was indicted for conspiracy to traffic in illegal antiquities with the cases ending in 2010 and 2012 due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. Hecht’s story is one example that points to questions related to antiquities trafficking and cultural patrimony.

The project will consider our holdings within the larger frame of issues related to antiquities collections, but also more broadly within the framework of: American museum holdings and collecting, issues of antiquities trafficking, and thoughts about cultural patrimony. The intern will contextualize our holdings, shed additional light on our particular artifacts and shape an argument through an exhibition.

Oversight

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 items and the planning of the exhibition and Margaret Schaus, lead research and instruction librarian and bibliographer for Classics. The consulting Haverford faculty member on the project is Bret Mulligan.

Skills required

The successful applicant will have: 1) an interest in classics, history, anthropology, and/or visual literacy (art history); 2) organizational skills; 3) strong research skills; 4) oral and written communication skills; and 5) attention to detail.

To Apply

Download and complete the application here.

Applications are due via email to hcah@haverford.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5th, 2013. Please put "[your last name] Internship Application" in the subject line.

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