Washington, DC: Contract Processing Archivist, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Job Opening Title: Contract Processing Archivist

Employer Name: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Job Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: August 10, 2022

Salary Range:

Years of experience required: 2

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: SUMMARY
The Archives of American Art (AAA) has a need to procure 1800 hours of professional archival services from an independent contractor to process one collection of artists’ papers totaling 183 linear feet. The scope of work includes archival preservation, arrangement, and description of the collection according to professional and current archival standards, best practices, and national strategies, as well as AAA’s internal policies, procedures, guidelines, and established workflows. Processing work will include the production of a high quality DACS (Describing
Archives: A Content Standard) finding aid ready to be deployed to AAA’s website.

The selected contractor is expected to be a trained professional archivist with at least two past projects that included processing, preserving, surveying, or assessing archival and manuscript collections documenting American art or cultural history. Additional onsite general instructions and written guidelines and procedures will be provided to the contractor by the COTR (Contract Technical Representative).

This project specifically requires that the contractor process one collection of artist’s papers measuring 183 linear feet and produce a detailed online finding aid. The collection documents the career of a New York-based artist, known for her feminist and conceptual artwork. The bulk of the collection consists of project files, already well arranged, as well as correspondence, lecture and teaching files, printed materials, writings, and interviews.

The contractor is expected to complete archival processing work according to professional and current archival standards and best practices, addressing the individual needs of the collection. Processing work is defined as organizing, arranging, sorting, identifying, preserving, and describing the archival collection. The contractor is expected to complete the work with a high degree of independence after initial consultation.

The contractor will create a finding aid according to archival standards and best practices that includes 1) a narrative about the overall scope and content of the collection; 2) individual series descriptions; 3) a detailed biographical note about the collection creator; and 4) a complete container and folder listing. Significant names of correspondents and subjects will be identified and noted within the various descriptive components. Good writing skills are essential. The contractor must exhibit a good working knowledge of the EAD (Encoded Archival Description) format and DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard). The contractor should also have experience in electronic finding aid creation using spreadsheets, Archivists’ Toolkit, or ArchivesSpace software.

It is estimated that the contractor will process the collection at an average rate of 5-9 hours per linear foot.

The contractor should plan to start work on a mutually agreed upon start date after the signing of the purchase order and complete the work by October 15, 2023, or when the 1800 hours have been expended. The contractor is expected to work approximately 35-40 hours per week during normal business hours (between 7:30am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday).

Interested parties should email Erin Kinhart at kinharte@si.edu for information and instructions on submitting a quote.

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