Historical Manuscripts Project Archivist- University of Maryland, College Park

Historical Manuscripts Project Archivist

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Historical Manuscripts Project Archivist will work with the Curator, Historical Manuscripts, in overseeing work related “State of Maryland and Historical Collections” collection area. This rich collection area includes the University of Maryland Libraries’ archival, manuscript, and special collections holdings relating to the history and culture of the Maryland region, historic preservation; and women’s history and women’s studies collections. The Historical Manuscripts Project Archivist will support accessioning, reference, and collection development activities for the collection area. The Historical Manuscripts Project Archivist will have a focus in Political and Civic Activities Collections, especially the James Bruce Papers and congressional papers collections.

Reporting to the Curator, Historical Manuscripts, the Historical Manuscripts Project Archivist will gain career skills working with world-class collections alongside experienced archives staff, while also contributing meaningfully to the advancement of Special Collections & University Archives department.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in archival studies, or related field.
• At least two years of prior experience in an archives or special collections setting.
• Thorough knowledge of archival theory and practice.
• Experience processing archival collections.
• Familiarity with electronic records management issues.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others in an academic, collegial setting.
• Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills and in assisting researchers in a special collections setting.
• Demonstrated ability to pay attention to detail.
• Motivation to contribute to Special Collections & University Archives department and the archival profession at large.
• Demonstrated ability to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints.

Preferences:
• Prior experience supervising student assistants, volunteers, and support staff.
• Experience working with political papers collections, especially congressional papers.

To view the announcement and apply for the position, visit https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/37725. The closing date is November 10.

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