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Condition Assessment and Conservation of Photographic Slides Practicum

The Spurlock Museum is a world cultures museum located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Its collection of over 50,000 archaeological, anthropological, and ethnographic objects span six continents. In addition to this artifact collection, the Museum maintains a Documentary Multimedia Collection consisting of over 40,000 photographs, slides, and audiovisual materials. This practicum will take place in the Collections Section, which is responsible for the physical storage and preservation of the museum’s collection.

The focus of this practicum is to work on the Laubin Collection and its estimated 3,967 slides within the Museum’s Documentary Multimedia Collection. Reginald and Gladys Laubin performed American Indian style dances for over 33 years. Their collection of prints, slides, film, and negatives document their personal lives and careers from the early 1900s through 2000.

The practicum will incorporate:

  • learning proper handling and care of slides
  • assessing current physical condition of slides
  • identifying short and long term priorities for proper conservation
  • establishing strategic plan for future physical treatment of slides
  • where necessary, performing research into the collection and slide care best practices

Required Qualifications

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • have demonstrated interest, knowledge and/or background in library, archives, or museum collection management, care, and preservation
  • have excellent organizational skills
  • have strong visual acuity and memory, attention to detail
  • able to work independently and with others

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using FileMaker Pro and/or Excel
  • Knowledge of photographic processes
  • Knowledge or interest in American Indian peoples and culture, specifically Sioux, Lakota, and Crow.

Schedule and Wages

  • This practicum is scheduled to begin as soon as Spring 2018.
  • Hours are flexible but must be scheduled Monday–Friday 8:30 am–5:00 pm for a total of 100 hours to be completed in one semester.


To apply, please send a resume to Gavin Robinson, Collections Storage Coordinator at gsrobins@illinois.edu