CBU WORK STUDY BURSARY PROGRAM – Archival Processing Assistant – 2016F008


Job/Project Description:  Archival Processing Assistant

The Rodeo Record Collection is one of the most historically and culturally significant collection of sound recordings in Canada. It provides a snapshot of five decades of Canadian music in a variety of genres. A student will help to fully process, complete a finding aid and re-house the collection.  This collection can provide students with excellent research experience across departments. The potential for a SSOB business student to work with the contractual, financial and administrative records of the collection is an opportunity to explore Canadian recording industry history which would inform an understanding of current industry practices. Students of folklore and ethno-musicology would be offered an opportunity to work with a unique collection providing experience in cataloguing, research and analysis of recordings. Many of the reels included in the collection are potentially unreleased recordings that would be of great interest to the broader scholarly community. This provides the student a valuable opportunity to work with faculty around this research, and also provides potential for incorporating the collection content into their 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. As well, there is potential for commercializing this collection.  As a result, the work study can contribute to the development of a revenue stream to support the financial goals of Cape Breton University by helping the archive secure sustainable funding.


  • 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
  • Musical knowledge/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
  • 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 19

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/