This is a full-time research position involving the documentation of the Morton H. Meyerson family history and its philosophical implications. While a history degree is not required, the candidate will serve as an oral historian for the family. This is a highly personal position and success will be possible only if the historian, Mr. Meyerson, and the immediate family are able to form a bond of mutual trust, respect, and admiration. Additionally, the historian must become fully engrossed in Mr. Meyerson’s life and operate on his time schedule. For an initial but undetermined period of time, the historian must be physically present for daily meetings which would require relocating to Bozeman, Montana. In addition, when safe to do so, the historian would be expected to accompany Mr. Meyerson on travel as requested.
The expected output includes a living repository of family history including texts, photographs, videos, articles, interviews, personal letters, and more. This might take the form of a family intranet organized similarly to Wikipedia. The repository should be easily accessible to current and future family members of all ages and skills, and family members should be able to add additional data without extensive technological skill.
Additionally, the expected output will include a zettelkasten drawing heavily on conversations with Mr. Meyerson. (Read about the zettelkasten format here and here.) Like the repository of family history, the zettelkasten should be easily accessible to current and future family members of all ages and skills, but additional data will be added only by Mr. Meyerson and the oral historian who manages the tool.
The family has a relatively robust collection of historical materials that is partially organized and will serve as the starting point for the repository. Significant additional information may exist in congressional records, business archives, and various publications, or could be gleaned through personal interviews. The oral historian is expected to locate all kinds of relevant information in all kinds of sources but given the advanced age of Mr. Meyerson and his contemporaries, personal interviews must take precedence.
Creating the zettelkasten will require face-to-face, daily discussions with Mr. Meyerson during which he will provide documents, describe his experiences, and articulate his thoughts. The historian will need to interpret all of this material, discern the underlying insights, connect them to each other and to other items in the repository, share drafts with Mr. Meyerson for possible revisions, and publish the final content into the zettelkasten.
Both the repository and the zettelkasten should be made available for use by the family as soon as data or a reasonable amount of data has been accumulated. Seeking early and continual feedback from the family is essential to ensuring that the tools are functionally useful.
We are open to candidates from varying backgrounds and with varying educational and work experiences.
After giving thoughtful consideration to the description above, let us know if you are interested by sending a cover letter explaining why you believe you are a strong fit along with a bio, CV or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.