– Inspirations –

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

- Dr. Seuss


The Morrison-Shearer Foundation was established in 1991 to preserve and exhibit the works and documentary materials relating to the careers of photographer Helen Balfour Morrison and dancer-choreographer Sybil Shearer; to maintain the Home and Studio as a source of inspiration for others; and to sponsor new creativity. It is a private operating foundation supported entirely by income from the Foundation investments. Since the death of Sybil Shearer in 2005, the Foundation has been managed by a Board of Trustees, named by Ms. Shearer and guided by her wishes as expressed in her document “Purpose and Aims of the Museum” (1985). The Foundation’s current priorities are to complete the publication of Sybil Shearer’s three-volume autobiography, Without Wings the Way is Steep; to preserve and archive all photographs, films, letters, manuscripts, reviews and other memorabilia; to provide modest annual grants in support of current work in the arts, especially dance; to explore the possibilities of creating an artists’ retreat at the home and studio in Northbrook, Illinois; and to share the Morrison-Shearer legacy through a website and other means.

Ongoing Opportunities:


TITLE OF POSITION: Archives Assistant
PURPOSE OF JOB: Assist archives staff with basic archival functions such as research, processing, and preservation of the pictorial collection of photographer Helen Balfour Morrison, as well as the significant performance archives of dancer Sybil Shearer.
Objective is to assist in expanding the accessibility of the Morrison-Shearer Foundation’s cultural heritage archives for research and scholarship.
1. Photocopying and filing.
2. Maintain proper care and maintenance of all documents, handle photos and negatives, and some research on photographs.
3. Create finding aids (indexes, catalogs, etc.).
4. Data entry.
5. Prepare material for basic preservation work and rehouse photos, negatives and papers.
Volunteer opportunities will be available Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. There are no weekend or evening opportunities for this position.
• Must be age 16 or older
• Basic computer skills and/or good handwriting helpful
• Reliable, responsible
• Able to work independently as well as in a group environment
• Interest in History and the Arts
Since the duties performed by the Archives Assistants are varied, training and work assignments are both designed to meet the individual requirements of the task to be accomplished. Training is provided on-the-job by the volunteers and staff of the Morrison-Shearer Foundation.
LOCATION OF JOB: The Morrison-Shearer Foundation, 401 Lee Street, Northbrook, IL 60062.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Corinne M. Pierog, Interim Executive Director, 847.291.9161, info@morrisonshearerfoundation.org