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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

CART Fellowship Information


Applications are now closed.


Check back in Spring 2023 for information about the coming year's projects and application details.

Ingeborg Gerdes

Ingeborg Gerdes Photographs

1 fellow


gerdes self portraits


One fellow will process the photographs of Ingeborg Gerdes (1938-2020). Ingeborg was a photographer and educator born in Germany, who later moved to California where she taught photography at UC Santa Cruz from 1981 to 2006, as well as the San Francisco Art Institute, Stanford University, and Cabrillo College. Gerdes created photographs on her many travels, including across Mexico and several countries in Europe and Asia, and she developed a keen fascination for the American West in particular. She captured moments of everyday life from the Mission District of San Francisco to Berlin, Germany, and participated in photographic survey projects supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in Baja California and Eastern Washington. 


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The CART fellow will re-house, preserve, and describe 71 boxes of the photographs and papers of Ingeborg Gerdes, following the artist’s original organization of her own work. Photographic formats in the collection vary, and include exhibition prints, work prints, color and black & white negatives, slides, contact sheets, and some digital files. Papers in the collection include announcements and press about Gerdes's art shows, artist’s statements, correspondence, publications, teaching files and student work, information on galleries and exhibitions, other ephemera, and printing records showing her photographic processes.


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After processing the materials in the Gerdes collection, the CART fellow will collaboratively curate an exhibit with the CART Archivist and the Outreach & Exhibits Librarian during Spring 2023.


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Visit Ingeborg Gerdes's personal website for more information about her and examples of her artwork:


CART fellowships are open to all graduate students. For this project, students interested in fine art photography, photographic processes and technologies, art education, history of the American West in the 1970s onward, and 20th century material culture are particularly encouraged to apply.

Agriculture, Labor, Community

Agriculture, labor, and community in Santa Cruz County

4 fellows


agriculture slides (friedland)



Four fellows will work with collections on the topics of agriculture, labor, and community in Santa Cruz County. The fellows will survey, arrange, organize, and describe the materials in the four collections, and will then collaboratively curate an exhibit in Spring 2023 with one another, the CART Archivist, and the Outreach & Exhibits Librarian.

Agriculture, labor, and community in Santa Cruz County:

William H. Friedland Papers

2 fellows


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Two CART fellows will process the papers of William Friedland (1923-2018), sociologist, labor activist, and founder of the Community Studies program at UC Santa Cruz.


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Friedland was an active labor organizer for the United Auto Workers and Congress of Industrial Organizations after working in automobile factories in Detroit. Returning to academia, he received degrees from Wayne State University and UC Berkeley, then taught at Cornell University where he established the Migrant Labor Project, which engaged undergraduate students with advanced field study practices. In 1969, Friedland joined the faculty at UC Santa Cruz and founded the Community Studies department. He also helped establish UCSC’s College Eight (now Rachel Carson College) as Social Sciences Dean. 


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Friedland’s papers include teaching files; research on migrant labor, agriculture of various crops, agribusiness, and sociology; manuscripts and publication drafts; field notes on migrant labor and farming; correspondence; labor and political songs; administrative files related to UCSC Community Studies; and field notes and interviews conducted by students regarding migrant farm labor. Also represented are materials connected to his work with UCSC’s Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), now known as the Center for Agroecology.


The two fellows processing the Friedland papers will collaboratively curate an exhibition on agriculture, labor, and community studies in Santa Cruz County, along with the fellows processing the papers of Florence Wyckoff, William MacKenzie, and the California Farm Reporter records.



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More information on William Friedland can be found in his oral history, Community Studies and Research for Change: An Oral History with William Friedland, available online via eScholarship.


Agriculture, labor, and community in Santa Cruz County:

California Farm Reporter Records

1 fellow


The records of the California Farm Reporter includes 12 boxes of journal issues, memos, correspondence, agendas, meeting minutes, and memos of the California Farm Research and Legislative Committee from the 1940s to 1970s. Main players in the records include Grace McDonald, the executive secretary for the California Farm Research and Legislative Committee and editor and publisher of the California Farm Reporter, and Helen Hosmer, the director of the research committee for the California Farm Reporter.


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The fellow processing the California Farm Reporter records will collaboratively curate an exhibition on agriculture, labor, and community studies in Santa Cruz County, along with the fellows processing the papers of Florence Wyckoff, William MacKenzie, and William Friedland.



Agriculture, labor, and community in Santa Cruz County:

Florence Wyckoff Papers and William MacKenzie Papers

1 fellow


One fellow will process the papers of Florence Wyckoff and of William MacKenzie, two local activists involved in the MAIA Foundation (Migration and Adaptation in the Americas), an organization formed in 1979 to support education, health, and housing initiatives benefiting the families of farmworkers in the Pajaro Valley area.




Florence Wyckoff (1905-2000) was a social activist and advocate of migrant farmworkers and children. She was active throughout the 20th century pursuing grassroots, democratic, community-building efforts in the service of improving public health standards and providing health care, education, and housing for migrant families. Her advocacy efforts were integral in the passage of the California Migrant Health Act and Federal Migrant Health Act in 1962, which established family health clinics for the families who follow the crops along both the eastern and western migrant agricultural streams.


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The fellow will organize and describe 15 boxes of Wyckoff's unprocessed papers to add to the existing collection guide for Florence Wyckoff papers. The papers include correspondence, research materials, government publications, and ephemera related to Florence Wyckoff's activism in the fields of health, housing, social work, cultural affairs, education, and the welfare of migrant farmworkers. Materials related to Wyckoff's involvement in organizations such as MAIA and The Environmental Community Housing Organization, Inc. (TECHO) in Watsonville are also included.


More information on Florence Wyckoff can be found in her oral history, Fifty Years of Grassroots Social Activism, available online via eScholarship.


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William MacKenzie's papers contain clippings, research material, meeting minutes, correspondence and organizational documents related to the activities of the MAIA Foundation (Migration and Adaptation in the Americas), which he helped establish along with Hubert Wyckoff. MacKenzie worked closely with students in his community through MAIA to prepare them for college, and kept in touch with them throughout their education. He conducted outreach and kept in contact with professors, scholars, activists, and politicians on the cause of increasing educational opportunities for young families of migrant farmworkers, advocating for the initiatives of MAIA and keeping research files on related topics and organizations. This correspondence and research makes up a significant portion of his papers.


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More information about the history of the MAIA Foundation can be found on their website:


The fellow processing the Wyckoff and MacKenzie papers will collaboratively curate an exhibition on agriculture, labor, and community studies in Santa Cruz County, along with the fellows processing the papers of William Friedland and the California Farm Reporter records.



CART fellowships are open to all graduate students. For these projects on the theme of agriculture, labor, and community, students interested in migrant labor, immigration policy in the mid-to-late 20th century, local history of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, UCSC history, political engagement and activism, agriculture, and community studies are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Information

Eligibility and Terms
Applications are welcome from currently enrolled UCSC graduate students with academic interests in arts, humanities, and/or social and natural sciences; interest in working in archives and libraries; and interest in curating exhibits.

Fellowships in CART require a multiple quarter commitment, with a total of 125 paid hours at an hourly wage of $22.72:

  • Fellows attend a paid, one-day training as a cohort in early Summer (5 hours).
  • During Summer, Fall, or Winter quarter, each fellow works a total of 100 hours (10 hours/week during the weekday hours of 9:00-5:00). 
  • Fellows return for 20 paid hours in Spring quarter to curate an exhibit showcasing materials from the collections they processed.


If fellows have a concurrent academic appointment (e.g. GSR, TA, other teaching appointment), they must get written permission from both a) their faculty advisor and b) the Dean of Graduate Studies to work 10 hours per week during the first quarter, and to curate the exhibit during the second quarter. CART does not include tuition remission.

CART hires fellows for the upcoming academic year (Summer, Fall, and Winter quarters) each Spring. Project information and application forms are posted at the beginning of Spring quarter, and applications are due in late Spring quarter. Interviews are held and fellowship offers are made before the end of June.

Interested candidates will submit a completed application form including the contact information for 2-3 references, a letter of interest, and a résumé/CV.

Review Process
CART fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be evaluated each on the basis of:

  • the availability of projects related to a candidate’s academic background and subject expertise;
  • the candidate’s expressed desire to work with primary source materials to enhance their research, writing and/or archival skills;
  • the candidate's expressed desire to work on an exhibit;
  • the candidate's faculty references;
  • and the candidate’s general level of achievement.

Strong candidates will be contacted after the application deadline to arrange an interview. Applicants will be notified of their status by email. 

Frequently Asked Questions

While it can be helpful, there is no subject expertise required to participate. We do like the fellows to have an interest in something about the collection they choose. You’ll be working on this collection for 100 hours and then creating an exhibit showcasing the collection, so it helps to have some connection.

Yes, most likely. Most CART fellows have concurrent TA appointments. If you have a concurrent academic appointment during the first quarter you’re in CART (Fall or Winter), you will need to get permission from your graduate adviser as well as the Graduate Dean.

While you are applying, please check in with your adviser to see if they would approve of your participation in CART. After accepting the offer, fellows reach out to their graduate adviser and department coordinator (who contacts the Graduate Dean) to get written permission to work 10 hours a week for CART.

Fellows who work in the Summer do not need written permission.

There's no minimum or maximum word count or page length for the letter of interest. Applicants usually write 1-2 pages, but you should write enough to express your interest in the program and how participating in CART will help you in your research, your teaching, and/or your future career plans.

No. We’ve had first year students all the way to ABD candidates and every year in between. We recommend applicants to keep their schedules in mind when applying for CART, and make sure they have the bandwidth (and permission from advisers) to participate for 100 hours in the first quarter, plus the time for exhibit curation in the Spring. Other fellowships, teaching responsibilities, and qualifying exams tend to take up a lot of time and work; it may be best to wait a year if you plan to have large commitments this upcoming year.

The exhibit is an essential component of CART, and a requirement to fulfill the entire fellowship.

Most CART fellows have no exhibit experience. We look for applicants who are interested in curating an exhibit for a public audience. The CART Archivist and the Outreach & Exhibits Librarian work closely with the fellows in the Spring to facilitate the curation process.

No. Fellows are paid hourly for 125 total hours (training, processing hours, and exhibit curation) at $22.72 per hour. (FYI: most CART fellows have concurrent TA appointments.)

Yes. You need to be currently enrolled as a graduate student at UCSC in order to participate in the CART fellowship.

The CART fellowship is a student job that hires through the UCSC Career Center, so if you are able to work on campus, you should be able to participate in CART. You may not be able to participate in CART if you are an international student and you have a concurrent TAship. Check with the UCSC Career Center to inquire about your current employment status.

CART is currently only for graduate students, but we often employ undergraduate students in Special Collections & Archives to assist with public services, retrieving archival materials for researchers, and other archives-related projects. Contact us if you’re interested in getting involved!