Archivist, Wilmington Historical Society

By April 6, 2021

Website Wilmington Historical Society

Wilmington Historical Society

The purpose of the Wilmington Historical Society is to preserve our community’s history and to help create a better future. We pursue this mission through these primary activities collecting, archiving and educating. As a resource for researchers, we preserve and restore historic buildings and sites, provide input to city planning decisions, and promote community and economic development based on our historical assets.

Job Responsibilities

  • Building off of an established collections survey and processing plan, the WHS archivist will process, arrange, and rehouse all collections.
  • Creation of finding aids at collection or series level, as needed.
  • Assess incoming acquisitions and donations for adherence to the collections policy and accession.
  • Provide reference support to staff, researchers, and the community.
  • Promote access to the collections and provide outreach to the community.
  • Oversee the work of the Archival Assistant
  • Train volunteers and oversee volunteer processing work.
  • Make recommendations for supply purchases
  • Research and make recommendations for archival cataloging software and a platform for digital collections.
  • Update the WHS Archives Collections Policy and draft policy guidelines concerning public access to materials

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science, History, or related field.
  • A minimum of 1-2 years accumulated professional archival experience in special library or museum settings, especially related to archival processes, organization, digitization, and volunteer interaction.
  • Experience with acquisition, accessioning, preserving, and maintaining collections according to archival standards, including experience working with or handling archival materials in various formats.
  • Experience with digitizing collection materials Cataloging knowledge, including archival cataloging software.
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities for different projects Effective oral and written communication skills.

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