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Graduate Research Assistant-Grad students only - Job #7327


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Student Job Opening

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 11:00am
Student supervisor: 
Robert Hirst
Mark Twain Papers
STDT 3, ($16/hr)
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Does this job require work study?: 
Work Study Preferred

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Job Information

Job Duties: 
  • Transcribe and proofread letters by Mark Twain, his family, and thousands of his correspondents.
  • Assist with data cleanup and maintenance of Access database of Mark Twain writings, sources and images.
  • Some TEI/XML encoding of texts for publication online
  • Data entry and correction in database of Mark Twain’s writings and secondary sources
  • Cataloging and filing of newly acquired documents (e.g., new letters found at the rate of 3 a week)


Required Qualifications: 
  • Familiarity with transcribing manuscripts and reading sometimes challenging handwriting
  • Experience with database entry & analysis; correction of entries.
  • Familiarity with metadata conventions
  • Proofreading transcriptions of manuscripts
  • Knowledge of filing conventions within an archives, i.e. accurate labeling of files.
  • Attention to detail in proofreading and copyediting.
Desired Qualifications: 
  • Experience with TEI and XML.
  • Advanced database management experience.
  • Advanced copyediting experience.
Special Notes: 

The Mark Twain Project, housed in The Bancroft Library, has two open positions for a Graduate Research Assistant, each at 19.5 hours a week, with the possibility of full-time work in the summer months. The Project is housed within Mark Twain's extensive private papers, which came to Berkeley in 1949. It has been producing critical scholarly editions of everything Mark Twain wrote for almost four decades. The GRA positions would immerse you in the editorial process and some of the work (from photocopying to catalog entry) supporting that process. The Project publishes in both print (University of California Press) and digital form on its own website (