If you are a scholar in a humanities field who works with archival material, I can help you manage and sort through the results of your research so that you can more easily find the right sources when you need them.
Between 2011 and 2014, I conducted archival research for my dissertation at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Mills College, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Paul Sacher Stiftung, and other locations. The material consisted primarily of correspondence in French and English, but also included press clippings, administrative records, concert programs, and musical scores. I was also an intern with the Music Division of the Library of Congress in 2011, working in acquisitions and processing.
As a volunteer archivist at my church, I have organized a variety of material, and I also created a typed and formatted edition of the church’s business meeting minutes from 1896 to 1914 (c. 40,000 words) from a handwritten book.
These are some examples of ways I can help scholars sort through and manage material collected through archival research. If your project requires another task you think I could do, contact me and we’ll talk about it.
I can create searchable transcripts from images of typed or handwritten text (such as newspaper articles, correspondence, etc.). I am comfortable working with typed and (legible) handwritten documents in English, French, and Spanish from the 19th century or later, and I can also read typed text in Italian and Portuguese.
If you have a rough draft of a transcript and the original image, I can also proofread the transcript. I can proofread text generated through OCR, but if it’s very messy, it’s easier and faster to type it out again.
For transcription of interviews and other spoken audio, see my Audio Transcription page.
I can do basic image editing such as cropping, rotating, and adjusting brightness/contrast. I can’t salvage bad photos or create publication-ready images from lower-quality originals.
If you have images or PDFs of full newspaper pages, I can crop out the articles that are relevant to your project.
Organizing and Cataloging
Organizing and cataloging research material is a highly individualized process, but if you don’t mind taking the time to fill me in on your system, I can do data entry, rename files, etc. I have reading proficiency in French and Spanish, and I can fake my way through Italian and Portuguese.
If you need to consult special-collections material in a Philadelphia-area library or archives, but you can’t make the trip in person, I may be able to help out, schedule permitting. Contact me with a description of what you need.
For smaller tasks that don’t require any travel or expenses, my standard rate is $36/hour. For more extensive or ongoing work, we will agree on a project-based fee in advance.
Typing services are priced by the word, based on language, ease of reading, and formatting requirements. This allows me to slow down when necessary to prevent repetitive strain injury without costing you more. Rates start at 1.2 cents/word ($12 per 1000 words) for straightforward English text.
If you are an adjunct professor, independent scholar, or graduate student, or if the work would be an accommodation for a disability, contact me about discounted rates.