JOB The HistoryMakers - Black Music History Researcher

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The HistoryMakers seeks to hire full-time Oral History Researcher to complete in-depth research for its video oral history interviews and its subject matter categories in the area of the history of black music in all kinds of genres(i.e. classical, jazz, R&B, folk, blues, hip hop, etc.) Those hired must have a background in music, African American, American, women and gender studies, anthropology, social history, economics, politics, STEM/medicine, the arts, business, etc. The researcher will be responsible for:

  • Conducting in-depth background research on various subject matters to create in-depth chronological timelines that average 100+ pages outlining the musical contributions of African Americans from first the first contributor to the present as well as other reference sources and compiling a list of reference materials.
  • Conducting in-depth background research on selected African Americans to locate their contact information and biographical information prior to interviews using the Internet and online resources.
  • Preparing detailed research outlines as well as long, short biographies and short descriptions in accordance with The HistoryMakers guidelines.
  • Performing data entry using The HistoryMakers FileMaker Pro database as well as scanning documents and organizing them in archival folders after the interview is completed.


The candidate must have a master’s degree in African American history, history, politics, women and gender studies, politics or a related degree. He/she must possess strong administrative (type 65 wpm) and organizational skills and be a very strong researcher/writer, adept at proofreading and able to multi-task. Prior experience with detailed paper file and desktop management, being able to do focused work for long periods of time, maturity of intent and the ability to demonstrate his/her interest in furthering The HistoryMakers mission and growth a must.


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Closing Date09/21/2020