CBU WORK STUDY BURSARY PROGRAM – Folklore & Popular Culture: Archival Project Assistant – 2016F007


Job/Project Description:  Archival Project Assistant

A faculty member from the Folklore department is currently researching local song traditions featured on a mid-20th century CJCB Radio production called Dishpan Parade. This highly popular radio show included comedy sketches and fan art provided by the listeners.  The Beaton Institute received two substantial donations of archival recordings and textual records related to the production as well as some fan art that includes an amazing hand-stitched quilt.

The student would be responsible for assisting the archivist in processing the materials and helping the faculty member with research components of the project. The student would help inventory and track recordings during the digitization process. Once the recordings are accessible they would be transcribed by the student. As well, the CFI-funded Media Interpretation and Reception Lab (MIRLab) will be used to view film or video from the donation.

The student would be learning valuable ethnographic research skills through cataloguing, research and analysis of documents and recordings.  This work study provides the student with an excellent opportunity to work with faculty around this research, and also provides potential for incorporating the collection content into their own course work.

The student will also complete data entry to add content our new digital archives: http://beatoninstitute.com  to make the content more accessible to the general public and researchers.


  • Student with some basic research experience
  • Student with excellent writing ability and organizational skills
  • Student with demonstrated computer skills  such as navigating spreadsheets, data entry and word processing
  • Student must be detail oriented and comfortable completing repetitive tasks
  • Folklore or Music background/experience an asset



  • Complete inventory for collection
  • Research and describe content
  • Complete finding aid for collection
  • Facilitate digitization at the Centre for Cape Breton Studies
  • Facilitate viewing sessions at the MIRLab at CBU
  • Place content online on the Beaton Institute Digital Archives: http://beatoninstitute.com
  • Re-house archival materials as needed
  • Promote access for the collection

Application Details

Start Date:  September 26

End Date:  April 2017

Hours:  All positions are part-time, hours TBD

Only eligible students can apply to a CBU Work Study Bursary position.  If eligible send resume, cover letter and an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program to:  awards@cbu.ca     Submissions that do not include an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program will not be considered.  All applications must also reference the above Job Number.

To determine eligibility and to complete an application go to: http://www.cbu.ca/come-to-cbu/tuition-finances/scholarships-bursaries/work-study-bursary-program/