Wilmington, DE: Project Archivist, Hagley Museum & Library

Hagley is seeking a full-time project archivist for a two-year effort to process the audiovisual materials in its David Sarnoff Collection.

The position is part of a three-year grant-funded project to make fully accessible to researchers the David Sarnoff Collection, the extraordinary and comprehensive 2,800-linear-foot archive of materials documenting the business dealings of David Sarnoff, pioneer of the media and electronics age. The history of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and the founding of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) are recorded in the collection’s manuscripts, reports, notebooks, publications, photographs, moving images, and sound recordings. RCA’s research & development activities as well as the emerging American consumer culture are also recorded here. They vastly enlarge RCA-related collections already at Hagley.


• Work with Hagley staff to process the audiovisual media, including photographs, film, and a variety of other formats.

• Arrange, describe, and rehouse the audiovisual portion of the collection in accordance with professional standards and best practices.

• Oversee project staff including an average of one academic-year graduate assistant and one summer intern per year for the two years of the AV phase of the project. The overall project will also be supported by assistants and interns, and nine of Hagley’s full- time staff to varying degrees.

• Work closely with another Sarnoff project archivist responsible for the manuscripts portion of the collection.

• Use Archivists’ Toolkit (AT) to create an EAD finding aid and other discovery tools in accordance with DACS.

• Assist in the preservation assessment of collections and selection of materials for conservation treatment.

• Collaborate on digitization, including the selection of items for the digital component of the project.

• Maintain and post to a project blog, incorporating digitized images and documents.

• Promote the collection through professional and academic meetings or other venues.

• Participate in special projects as assigned.


• Master’s degree in library or information science or in history and/or at least two years of relevant professional experience processing complex collections is required.

• Experience with best practices in archives and records management theory and practice, including:

– Current metadata and descriptive standards: DACS, EAD, Dublin Core.

– Knowledge of preservation standards.

– Familiarity of web publishing platforms.

• Experience processing collections containing audiovisual materials.

• Demonstrated ability to manage projects and tasks in a complex and dynamic environment, and to work effectively with colleagues in different departments across a complex institution.

• Demonstrated ability to manage a project team, consisting of both professionals as well as interns, and providing the latter with necessary training. Ability to set priorities, manage work, and meet deadlines independently and collaboratively.

• Strong analytical, communication, and writing skills.

• Ability to lift and shelve boxes weighing up to 50 pounds.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, a c.v., a finding aid from a successful processing project, and preferably also a writing sample to Robert Hill, Director of Human Resources, Hagley Museum and Library, P.O. Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807, or electronically to rhill(at)hagley.org. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive until the position is filled, up to April 18, 2014.

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