Washington, DC: Contract Audio Archives Processor, Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage

Job Opening Title: Audio Archives Processor (Contract)

Employer Name: Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Job Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: October 18, 2019

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Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The purpose of this contract is to procure archival services to physically process, describe, and prepare open-reel audio tapes for digitization. The audio tapes are part of the Arhoolie Records collection, a record label whose commercial assets are now distributed by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and whose archival components are cared for in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.


The Contractor shall inventory and prepare for digitization select open reel tapes and related documents from the Arhoolie Records collection, under the direction of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (SFR) and in collaboration with the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections (RRFAC), divisions of the Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage.


The contractor shall perform work as follows:

Inventory at the item level nearly 3,000 open reel audio tapes in collection, flagging approximately 650 tapes of Cajun and Zydeco recordings

Physically arrange all tapes according to physical dimensions and format and apply unique identifiers

Separate and arrange ancillary paper materials from Cajun and Zydeco tape boxes

Conduct physical assessment and rehousing for Cajun and Zydeco tapes, including condition reporting and re-housing of poorly housed tapes with proper cases and boxes

Prepare Cajun and Zydeco tapes for digitization in consultation with audiovisual archivist

Arrange, rehouse, and describe business records, flagging files related to Cajun and Zydeco content

Digitize ancillary paper materials from audio tape boxes

Digitize pertinent business records

Compile all pertinent content into EAD finding aid

Please contact Logan Clark for further details, ClarkLE@si.edu