Collections/Archival Intern

Israelite House of David Archives & Collections

Collections/Archival Internship

Israelite House of David’s Archives & Collections

Benjamin and Mary Purnell founded the Israelite House of David as a religious commune in 1903. The colony was home to as many as 1,000 members at its height, whose presence contributed to its rich history. The community supported itself with an amusement park, an exhibition baseball team, professional touring bands, and a myriad of other agricultural and industrial enterprises. Today, the colony operates as a historic trust, with the Archives & Collections established in 2021 to preserve the history of the House of David.



The Israelite House of David Archives & Collections is currently accepting applications for a Collections/Archives Intern. The primary duty of the intern will be to support the organization’s efforts to organize and digitize its extensive collections.

There are two potential projects for this internship:

Hydrostone Statuary Inventory: The intern will work alongside the Collections Manager to help accession, photograph, rehouse, and digitize the House of David’s vast collection of Hydrostone sculptures, produced and sold as commercial art by the House of David from the 1920s to the 1960s. This project will allow the intern to learn or strengthen their inventorying, object photography, data entry, research, and exhibition planning skills.

Organize House of David Baseball Collection: The House of David had a renowned barnstorming exhibition baseball team from 1915 to 1956. The Archives & Collections contains a significant collection of correspondence, contracts, business records, photographs, postcards, etc. dealing with the management and marketing of the team. As part of this project, the intern will be responsible for the organization, accessioning, and digitization of all baseball-related records, and helping create future exhibition interpretive panels.

In addition to the above projects, the intern is expected to create social media posts relating to their work on the projects, and craft a small in-house exhibit based on their work. In their cover letter, applicants should specify which of the two projects they want to work on.



  • Open to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates in/from Museum Studies, Public History, History, Art History, or related program
  • Knowledge of the collections or archival fields

Preferred Skills and Proficiencies

  • One year working in a cultural institution
  • Experience using collection software, preferably CatalogIt
  • Experience using Canva, or related software
  • Digitization experience



  • $17/hr to $19/hr, depending on degree and experience
  • Potential dormitory housing available at a local college. If needed, intern pay would be adjusted accordingly
  • Optional funded attendance to the 2024 Communal Studies Conference, October 4-6 in Ephrata, PA – mileage, hotel, and registration included


To apply, send a cover letter and resume to our Collections Manager, Ms. Olivia Beebe, at

Deadline: March 31, 2024

Interviews will be conducted in early April

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