Maine Historical Society seeks Project Archivist

10 Jun 2014 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Maine Historical Society's Brown Research Library seeks a full-time (35
hrs/wk) Project Archivist for processing the recently acquired Bangor
Theological Seminary Collection. The start date for this 18-month temporary
project is August 3, 2014. The Project Archivist is responsible for working
independently and as part of a larger collections management team to
complete the archival appraisal, processing and description of a nearly 250
linear ft. collection of institutional records documenting the 200 year
history of the Bangor Theological Seminary of Bangor, ME, an
inter-denominational seminary in the Congregational tradition.

The project includes three components: Project Management, Arranging &
Describing, and Outreach.

Project Management:

.         Creating and implementing a working timeline

.         Keeping the project on-task and within the 18 month perimeter

.         Communicating with and reporting to the Society's Archivist as
well as other technical services staff

.         Managing the project budget

.         Supervising other project staff  and volunteers

Arranging & Describing:

.         Archival appraisal and survey

.         Identifying and setting priories in respect to preservation,
conservation and digitization

.         Arranging the collection including, but not limited to, re-housing
and reformatting

.         Adhering to the industry's best practices

.         Implementing and/or providing guidelines for preservation and

.         Creation of a completed finding aid in accordance with the
Society's expectations and current practices


.         Cultivation and promotion of the collection though the Society's
online and printed outlets

.         Coordinating internal requests for exhibition content and/or

.         Providing recommendations to the Society's Maine Memory Network



.         MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited institution with
graduate coursework in archival management

.         Five or more years experience as a processing archivist

.         Experience working with large collections, including series and
hierarchical organization

.         Ability to lift and move 40 lbs and stand for long periods of time

.         Transportation to an offsite facility




.         Experience with institutional records, especially of an academic
and/or religious nature

.         Working in a historical society setting

.         Working knowledge of Maine history


Compensation & Logistics:


Salary at $30,000 per year with benefits package. Processing of this
collection will take place off-site at the Society's collections management
center in Portland, ME. The Project Archivist must provide their own
transportation to and from the site, but are not expected to transport
collections. Public transportation to the site is limited.



Please submit the following electronically to Jamie Rice, MHS Director of
Library Services at  <>


.         A cover letter expressing interest in the position and outlining
relevant experience

.         A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment and

.         One complete finding aid and one additional writing sample in the
form of exhibition text, a professional presentation, or a blog post

.         Three professional references, including current phone, email
addresses and affiliations

The above may also be mailed to the following address:


Maine Historical Society

Brown Research Library

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101-3498

Attn: BTS Search Committee


No Phone Calls Please.


The Application period ends on July 1, 2014.

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