Archivist: U.S. Southwest History Collection
Army Training Support Division, Ft. Huachuca, AZ
ACGE, a non-profit research consortium, working with the U.S. Army to upgrade the learning resources at Fort Huachuca, AZ, seeks a skilled and knowledgeable professional for a one year contract as an Archivist working in the Training Support Division at the Fort.
The Division ensures the preservation, documentation, and presentation of U.S. history and the history of Ft. Huachuca through the operations of the Main Post Museum and its Annex. The Archivist will be responsible for reviewing and sorting an extensive collection of archival materials related to military intelligence, including documents, photographs, and maps, and will develop a process for organizing, accessioning, presenting, and preserving collection materials. The archivist will work day-to-day with Army staff in meeting the research and archival needs of the Division.
This position offers a unique opportunity to review and archive tens of thousands of documents and photographs relating to the history of the Fort (established in 1877) and its relationship to the history of the American Southwest. Most of the documents stored in vaults–some dating back to just after the Civil War– have never been formally examined or evaluated.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Under the general supervision of the ACGE project manager, the successful candidate will:
- Conduct an initial survey and basic inventorying of all archival materials.
- Create a formal archival process for evaluation and organizing of holdings, including relationship to Museum mission/goals, Southwest history, and other relevant criteria and industry standards.
- Ensure that archival materials are widely accessible by creating finding aids, inventories, and metadata.
- Evaluate and develop storage requirements for current/new archival materials.
- Collaborates with Army staff in ongoing assessment and workflow of the archival process: collections, assessment, evaluation, accessioning, accessibility, and preservation.
- Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree preferred) in Library & Information Science, History, or Archival Studies.
- Minimum 2 years of experience in arranging and describing archival collections, preferably in an archive of special collections.
- Demonstrated expertise in archival theory and practice; experience applying this expertise in description and processing work, including applying minimal and basic processing strategies; experience showing mastery in the use and application of DACS, (EAD) and other archival standards and best practices.
- Minimum two years of experience in the expert use, maintenance, and support of automated archival collections management systems. Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation issues as they relate to archival collections. Knowledge of rights administration and management issues for archival collections.
- Superior written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work collegially within and across organizations; great attention to detail; demonstrated ability to manage time and tasks and complete projects in a timely manner.
- Excellent computer proficiency (Microsoft Office, XML editors, collection management systems).
- MLS/MLIS with a concentration in archives or another graduate degree with Certificate in Archival Studies or ACA certification
- Military experience
- Background in Southwest history
- Recent experience evaluating and processing archival collections, preserving and making materials and information accessible
Special Requirements for the position.
Candidate will be required to reside in (or near) Sierra Vista, AZ
Salary Range: $35,000 – $50,000 per annum, depending upon qualifications
Full benefits package
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