What is the Research Archives?

The Research Archives of the Oriental Institute is a non-circulating collection of books and other publications related to the ancient Near East for the reference and research of Oriental Institute faculty, staff, students, and members. Its materials span the history of the ancient Near East from prehistoric times through the Late Antique period and reflect the interests and work of its users and benefactors. 

What does a Research Archives Volunteer do?

Volunteers work on entering and checking data in our integrated data base.  This can include scanning, indexing, cataloging and other data organization.  Work is done on site, weekdays during business hours. This important project is revolutionizing the way students and scholars perform their work and the way the general public learns about the Oriental Institute's fields of study.


A basic familiarity with computer operation is necessary, but all further skills will be provided through on-the-job training with Research Archives staff. Any skills in computer technology, library science, or foreign languages are highly desirable for Research Archives volunteers. For the integrated data base project,volunteers will undergo a 2-4 week supervisory period in which training will be provided for selected tasks with daily supervision of ongoing work. Further expansion of training will take place on an as-needed basis. Volunteers can work as little as 2 hours per week or as much as they prefer; however, a consistent weekly commitment is required for a minimum of six months.


  • Submit online application.
  • Selected candidates will participate in an on-site interview.
  • Become a member of the Oriental Institute.
  • Basic familiarity with computer operation.
  • Minimum 2 hours per week, during weekday business hours.
  • Minimum of 6 month commitment.

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