Columbia, PA: Hamilton Collections Project Archivist (short-term), National Watch & Clock Museum

Note: The original posting had an incorrect email address for applications. It is corrected as of 11/14.

Job Opening Title: Hamilton Collections Project Archivist

Employer Name: National Watch and Clock Museum

Job Location: Columbia, PA

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Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, PA, is seeking to fill the role of our Hamilton Collections Project Archivist to help process, preserve, and make accessible our numerous collections and objects related to the Hamilton Watch Company. This includes over 900 objects in the museum collection and around 20 archival collections related to the Hamilton Watch Company.

This is a temporary position of either 6 weeks working full time (39 hours a week) or ~234 hours over a period no longer than 6 months. The successful candidate will be reporting directly to the Library Archivist.

The Hamilton Collections Project Archivist will work to modernize and expand descriptions of outdated legacy records, working with ArchivesSpace. This may include research, identifying preservation needs of a collection, and expanding archival description. Research may include using the Research Library as well as accepted websites to find relevant information on the objects or collections in question. The project archivist will work with the archivist to assess the preservation needs of the archive collections and rehouse materials as appropriate. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to process small or large collections in the archive, and assist the archivist in building digitization plans for these collections.

The Hamilton Collections Project Archivist position is intended for current graduate students or recent graduates. This provides an opportunity for experience processing collections in a special library and working in a museum. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with unique collections to make them accessible to researchers and prepare the collections for digitization projects.

Required Experience

• Enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate program in Library/Archival Science from an ALA-accredited library school
• Working knowledge of content management databases such as ArchivesSpace
• Paper and object handling experience
• Familiarity with preservation needs of collections
• Experience with arranging, describing, and rehousing archival collections
• Experience creating finding aids
• Knowledge of industry standards, such as DACS
• Basic knowledge of best museum and archive practices and ethics
• Ability to use the Research Library
• Ability to work independently
• Trustworthy

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to The Hamilton Collections Project Archivist position offers a stipend of $2500, and will ideally start in January 2020.

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