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Volunteer or Intern with the Research Center

There are numerous opportunities available in the Research Center. Volunteers and interns may work with the public or behind the scenes with the collections. If you are interested in volunteering, complete our volunteer profile.

Volunteer Profile

Library Assistants

  • Cleaning the microfilm reader/printers
  • Stocking printers and copiers with paper
  • Shelf-reading in the library (making sure the books are in the right order)
  • Straightening bookshelves (edging the books)
  • Work with the holdings for the book sale

Manuscripts Department

Scanning Letters and Files
Topics: Missionary work with the Choctaw Nation, county history, and the Civil War.

Sorting and Date Ordering Letters and Files
Topics: Judicial officers, Cow Punchers Association, Murray Agricultural College, Greer County, Coal County, Langston University, and railroads.

All projects in the manuscripts department require data entry on a computer as well as the time commitment to complete the project assigned in a timely manner.

Technical Services

Stack Maintenance

  • Shelve books and other library materials according to the filing rules for the Library of Congress Classification System
  • Perform shelf reading, re-set loose bookends, straighten books, and keep shelves looking tidy
  • Assist in inventory projects
  • Shift library book collections when necessary
  • Work on the assembly of shelving units if needed
  • Retrieve materials from shelves


  • Verify bibliographic information
  • Check databases and shelves for holdings
  • Retrieve materials from shelves


  • Check-in serials
  • Prepare serials for shelving/binding
  • Update OPAC (online library system) holdings
  • Sort and update shelf list cards

Authority Work

  • Maintain authority files
  • Ensure consistency on subject headings and personal/corporate entries according to authority files


  • Ability to use computer terminals
  • Accurate typing
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to lift and carry library materials up to thirty pounds and to push and pull book carts. This position may require frequent stooping and reaching.
  • Visual discrimination and ability to read spine labels

Knowledge and proficiency in the use of Library of Congress Classification System and other library filing systems

Internship and Service Learning Programs

Individuals seeking internships can gain valuable experience at the Oklahoma Historical Society. Interns may work in a number of areas pertainting to manuscripts, the photographs, technical services, registration, digitization, and public services.

The digitization department currently has multiple openings for interns. Find out more.

Contact Us
To inquire about internship positions, please contact:

Laura Martin
Research Division Deputy Director

Carol Jasak
Registrar/Volunteer Coordinator