Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Research Scholar

Posted on 01/26/2021

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Research Scholar
Gilcrease Museum – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Gilcrease Museum was recently awarded funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a two-year project, "From Trauma to Resilience: Learning from the Eddie Faye Gates Collection.” The collection is gift of Tulsan Eddie Faye Gates and reflects the life, legacy and work of a leading African American teacher, author and community activist who labored to recover the forgotten voices of survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The archive contains eyewitness accounts, photographs, recorded survivor stories and other narratives of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. This award will fund research, cataloging, digitization, programming and educational efforts surrounding the Eddie Faye Gates collection in order to make virtually accessible first-hand accounts and lessons from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It also enables community partners to play an integral role in tagging and cataloging activities and supports an inaugural teacher institute inspired by the collection. This position is critical to realizing this powerful project that converges with the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of the Helmerich Center of American Research at Gilcrease Museum, the Research Scholar will provide crucial research support and help shape programs for the IMLS Cares Act Grant focusing on the Eddie Faye Gates Tulsa Race Massacre Collection (EFGTRM Collection). Working closely with the Project, Archival, Education, and Digitization Teams, the Research Scholar will help interpret, analyze, and communicate findings about the historical, political, and social contexts relevant to the oral histories and photographs within the Eddie Faye Gates Collection. The Research Scholar will find interconnections between the Eddie Faye Gates Collection and related Indigenous collections in the Gilcrease archives. This is a part-time, temporary position of 26 hours per week for a period of up to two years and is contingent upon grant funds being received.


  • Collaborates with Gilcrease Museum staff, community partners, and advisory committee by providing archival, research, writing, and programming support
  • Assists Gilcrease archivists in determining the organization of the Eddie Faye Gates Tulsa Race Massacre Collection (EFGTRM)
  • Conducts research and identifies thematic interconnections within the EFGTRM Collection and related American Indian removal era collections at Gilcrease Museum in consultation with advisory committee
  • Presents oral and written findings of research in two Eddie Faye Gates Memorial Lectures coinciding with the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre
  • Identifies archival collections for new exhibit planning and produces manuscript transcriptions
  • Assists with catalog/finding aid support for the Eddie Faye Gates Collection and identifies topics for archive processing and cataloging
  • Assists Digitization Team with online collections projects based on field of expertise (digital features/articles and imaging tasks on the Gilcrease Collections website)
  • Collaborates with museum’s Education Department to develop curricular materials for Summer 2021 Teacher Institute and online K-12 teacher resources
  • Strengthens institutional relationships with local organizations related to Greenwood and North Tulsa, including the Race Massacre Commission, Greenwood Rising, Greenwood Cultural Center, and John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. Attends meetings with these institutions, develops areas of collaboration
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Graduation from an accredited college or university with an advanced degree in African American History, African/African American Studies, Native American History, or a related field. Knowledge and experience of archival research, particularly with African American, Native American, or Afro-Indigenous related materials; Demonstrated commitment to public history and community engagement. Strong organizational skills, including interpretive and analytical skills; working knowledge of contemporary communications technology and social media; excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with diverse audiences. Effective time management skills; ability to work independently; appreciation of and sensitivity to cultural diversity in communication with faculty, students, staff, and other individuals or groups with whom the Gilcrease Museum interacts. Strong word processing and office software proficiency, including Microsoft Office, Excel and Word.

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge in the histories of Oklahoma, Tulsa, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and American Indian removal period. Experience in the area of archival research and research project management; previous museum work a plus, as is specialized knowledge of local Tulsa history, Oklahoma history, or the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre; experience as an educator.

The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status.

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to: The University of Tulsa, Office of Human Resources, 800 S. Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104 or submit online at: The review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/ Veteran.