The Morse Department of Special Collections at Hale Library is seeking a Student Specialist to continue work on the Stephen L. and Enid Stover papers, a collection of primary source materials that documents the history of the Stover family, and specifically Dr. Stephen Stover’s research as a faculty member in the Department of Geography. Included in the papers is a series of over 16,000 35-millimeter slides that covers over 50 years of his life (1956–2009). The primary responsibility of the graduate student assistant is to inventory, organize, describe, and digitize the Stover papers.


Organize and describe the papers as directed.

Schedule and perform weekly two-hour interview sessions with Dr. Stover, associate professor emeritus of geography. Interviews are open ended and aim to improve the context of the slide series.

Digitize the slide series initially and other materials as directed.

Other duties as assigned.


Work between 10 and 20 hours per week when classes are in session, and between 30 and 40 hours per week when there are no classes. Availability is generally between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, including access to archival materials and the scanners. Applicants available to work during the summer are preferred.

Be willing to learn each facet of the position’s responsibilities under the supervision of the university archivist and/or the current student assistant. This supervised learning period includes responsibilities such as assisting the current student assistant during weekly interview sessions. After this supervised learning period, the applicant is expected to be able to conduct interview sessions with Dr. Stover on a one-on-one basis.

Work closely with the university archivist, Dr. Stover, and the Stover family, coordinating interview meeting times and communicating progress on the project.

Schedule and perform weekly two-hour interview sessions. Sessions occur off-campus, and the scheduled time is to be agreed upon by Dr. Stover and the applicant. Currently, meetings occur on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., though this is subject to change at the discretion of Dr. Stover and his family.

Applicants are expected to provide their own transportation to and from interview sessions, and will need to have sufficient technological expertise to operate a laptop during interview sessions.


Applicants are to be enrolled in a graduate program at Kansas State University during the 2015–2016 academic year. Exceptions will be made for upper-level undergraduate students who have a demonstrated understanding of the subject matter. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong educational background in geography, history, or anthropology.

Applicants should be reliable, flexible, curious, friendly, and engaging conversationalists.

To Apply:

  1. To apply, please download the application form (pdf). Once you have completed the application
  2. Click File > Save As and use Your Name as the file name.
  3. Attach your saved application, resume and current class schedule to an e-mail
  4. Send to with the subject line Student - {Name of Position(s) you are applying for}.

*** If you are selected for an interview you will be contacted via e-mail. ***

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