Researcher / Archive Researcher Position


WNED PBS is looking to contract with an experienced archive researcher for an upcoming documentary. The archive researcher chosen will source archival material for Women’s Suffrage in New York, a 30-minute documentary that introduces the audience to several women in New York who fought for suffrage from the mid-1800s through 1920.

This individual will work closely with the program producer to research and coordinate archived material including, but not limited to archival stills, footage, headlines, and audio.

The research archivist will be responsible for logging and managing archival material databases, visual cue sheets, and legal/financial rights paperwork.

They will need to make cold calls to find archival material from individuals, museums, libraries newspapers, and organizations.

The project period will run from the initial appointment in July through mid-October 2020. 


The right candidate will have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. They need to have knowledge and familiarity with editorial and government archives, newspapers, libraries, historical museums, and stock footage houses. Working knowledge of copyright is also important. They should be able to work with different film formats, stills, scanning, and cataloging. Some licensing experience is necessary as it informs archival research. The negation of rights, licensing agreements, and associated costs would primarily be the responsibility of the archive researcher under the supervision with the program producer, and in accordance with the budget and broadcast deliverables. They must be a team player, have excellent communication skills, and have a keen understanding of how archive visuals will bring this story to life.

Applications should be sent to Executive Producer Lynne E. Bader.

Lynne E. Bader

Executive Producer



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