New York, NY: Project Archivist, The Dramatists Guild

Archivist (Project)
(August 28, 2018)

The Dramatists Guild is looking for an Archivist for a long-term project to (1) plan for and process the existing records of the Guild, through MPLP and other methods; (2) help prepare archival material for the Guild’s 100th anniversary, and (3) establish an ongoing program of membership records digital conversion. The initial project will be funded for up to three years, with possible extensions thereafter depending on funding and need.

The Dramatists Guild is the membership association of professional playwrights, librettists, composers, and lyricists writing for the stage in the United States since 1919. They will be celebrating 100 years of existence in 2019, making this the perfect time to dive deeply into the records of this unique organization. The Archivist will work under the direction of the Archives Committee and the Events Committee of the Dramatists Guild. As the membership association of the often unsung dramatists, this is a perfect opportunity to organize the mostly untold story of American theatrical writers through the Guild’s own records, as well as laying a solid foundation for its digital future.

The Dramatists Guild is looking for an individual who will:

Survey 600+ boxes of archival records in off-site storage; determine the extent and types of materials in the collection; create box lists; plan for creation of collection finding aids;

Establish processing, conservation, and disposition of records protocols;

Create on-site processing area at Dramatists Guild offices;

Train and utilize Guild volunteers with preliminary processing and re-boxing of off-site storage materials;

Work with the Guild’s Archives Committee, Events Committee, and staff in establishing realistic goals and accomplishments for the 100th anniversary;

Reactivate dormant digitization project of records (particularly member records) into a CRM system in coordination with various departments;

Plan for long-term placement and disposition of Guild records; and

Other archival duties as defined throughout the project.


The Dramatists Guild seeks an individual with the following skills and qualifications:

Masters in Library and Information Science, with a specialization in archival studies;

Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description through a completed finding aid or other description tool;

Some experience in digital archives management and understanding of CRM systems such as ZOHO;

Familiarity with MAR and EAD; AACR2 and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies;

Ability to lift, bend, and reach boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs. repeatedly;

Ability to travel to, and partially work from, an off-site storage company for a portion of the project;

Supervisory experience, particularly with volunteers, either within an archive or another work setting;Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail are essential;

Ability to work both independently and as part of a membership-based team;

Demonstrated reliable attendance to ensure successful and timely project completion;

Effective oral and written communication skills; and

Experience working with theater or other performing arts materials preferred.

Competitive salary up to $50,000/year, with extensive benefits package available to full-time employees.


Send resume and cover letter to:

Tina Fallon

Executive Director, creative affairs

Dramatists Guild of America

1501 Broadway, Suite 701

New York, NY 10036

Or email as an attachment to, with the subject line “Archivist resume”.