The College of FAHSS, the Honors Program and the Library are sponsoring research co-ops for Honors Students for the Spring 2014 semester. These co-ops will provide our students an opportunity to assist librarians on current projects.
Selected librarian/student teams will receive 100 hours of student support at $10.00 per hour. Selection will be determined based on the educational benefit to the student (priority #1) and the research benefit to the librarian (priority #2).
The program is open to active Honors sophomores and juniors. All co-op students must present a poster or paper at the Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium describing their work.
College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Selected Opportunities for your Co-op Project
Lowell, Then and Now
- Tsongas for President Papers
- The Elizabeth Foley Photo Collection at the Center for Lowell History
- The Lowell Cultural Surveys
- The Kerouac Collections at the Center for Lowell History
Tsongas for President Papers
Senator Paul Tsongas was a Lowell native son, educated at Dartmouth, and Yale, and served in the Peace Corps during the 1960’s. After being elected to the Lowell City Council he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives before going on to the Senate.
Among his many achievements were ushering the Alaska Lands Act into law and bringing about the expansion of the National Park System (including the Lowell National Historical Park). Tsongas was also known for bipartisanship and for his fiscal conservatism.
He retired from the Senate in 1984 due to a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma but reemerged six years later to run for president. Tsongas set the tone of the 1991 election by outlining his action plan in the booklet “A Call to Economic Arms.” In response to this innovation the Clinton campaign published "A Plan for America's Future.”
Tsongas won the New Hampshire primary and nine other primary and caucus battles before withdrawing from the race due to lack of funds. The "Tsongas for President Papers" consist of a wide array of materials including issue and policy materials, brochures, advertisements, voting records, schedules, information on opponents, press releases and clippings, speeches, constituent and staff correspondence, and audio and video tapes. The collection offers a look into an unconventional presidential campaign waged by one of Lowell’s true visionaries.
Elizabeth Foley Photograph Collection
Elizabeth Foley was an amateur photographer who lived in Lowell and photographed its neighborhoods, landscapes, and landmarks from the 1950’s into the 1970’s. Foley had a strong sense of the city’s history and captured images of a number of buildings that she knew to be imperiled and that have since been demolished.
The descriptions she created for her photographs are fastidiously detailed including place, time (to the second), and even the settings she used on her camera. The Foley Collection offers a great opportunity to see into Lowell past and make comparisons to the Lowell of today.
University Archivist and Metadata Specialist
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
300F Martin T. Meehan Archives
61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854
T: 978 934 4165
F: 978 934 3015
How to Apply
To apply, please submit an application with the following information:
Cover sheet that includes the following:
Name of Librarian
Student name, ID, department, and GPA
Copy of librarian's CV and unofficial student transcript
2-3 paragraph description of the research project including detailed information about the specific responsibilities for the student, the educational benefit for the student and the research benefit for the librarian.
Supplemental information can include whether the research project has been funded, accepted by a peer-reviewed journal, to a conference, etc.
Applications are due December 1. Accepted students will be notified by December 15, 2013. All co-op work should be completed between January 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014.