Files Archival Processor

The University of Minnesota is looking for a part time Weisman Art Museum Files archival processor.

The WAM Files archival processor will work to make available 75 boxes of archival material from the Weisman Art Museum containing curatorial, administrative, educational documents, media and photographs from the years 1990-2015. The objective of this project is to collect, organize, and preserve the official records of the Weisman Art Museum and to make this material accessible to the public through the University of Minnesota Archives to further an informed and enduring understanding of the Museum’s history, collections, and educational programming. The University is also interested in individuals whose record of achievement/excellence has been enhanced by exposure to diverse groups or people or resources.

Job Description

Uses independent judgment under limited supervision to perform professional archival processing functions, employs archival science theory and practice to receive, appraise, arrange, describe, catalog, and make historical collection materials accessible. The incumbent will oversee the project planning, processing, and description of a major administrative records collection.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor Degree

• 1 year work-related experience, or graduate work in Library Science, Museum Studies, Art History, History or related field.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Preferred Qualifications

• Experience processing archival collections

• Familiarity with archival description standards.

• Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.

• Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work well with others in a collaborative setting.

• Demonstrated experience working well independently and meeting deadlines.

Duties Collection Survey (10%)

• In consultation with Program Specialist and University Archivist conduct comprehensive collection survey of museum records and compile information including size, material types, date ranges, locations, and preservation issues.

• Develop overall work plan with milestones for project completion.

 Processing (40%)

• Work with considerable independence to organize and describe records in accordance with departmental specifications and professional standards.

• Re-house and arrange materials as appropriate.

• Conduct basic preservation tasks as needed.

• Review collection for private or restricted materials.

• Identify series, sub-series arrangement for description work.

Description (40%)

• Create accurate box lists.

• Describe arrangement, scope and content, and provide a historical note of records.

• Review existing online finding aid, edit existing arrangements/series, add newly processed materials to ArchivesSpace collection management tool.

Project Promotion & Reporting (10%)

• Write regular posts on the WAM Files blog to highlight the project and provide information about the collection and its contents.

• Regularly report on process to Program Specialist/University Archivist.

• Assist in grant reporting requirements.

Application Process: Please submit a cover letter, resume and references directly to Katie Covey at covey013@umn.edu.

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