Vacancy: African American Business 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 African American business history. Those hired must have a background in business and/or economics and African American, and social history.

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 contributions of African Americans in the area of business 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 economics, business or the history of American business and/or enterprise 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.

Please send resumes to:

The HistoryMakers
1900 S. Michigan Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60616

Closing Date: 05/06/2021

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