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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Position: The Naval History Society Collection at the New-York Historical Society

Full-Time Project Archivist for 9 Months
Collection Description: The Naval History Society Collection (NHSC) is a compilation of materials that document historical events in American and British maritime and naval history. The collection is comprised of fifty distinct collections of Navy related individuals or ships, along with two collections of organizational records of the Naval History Society. It includes approximately 78 linear feet of correspondence, letterbooks, journals and diaries, lectures, essays, account books, biographical writings, genealogical information, scrapbooks, orders, notes, articles and clippings, photographs, manuscripts, and ships’ logbooks relating to naval history. The collection brings together the documents of famous individuals as well as the letters and records of lesser known enlisted men.
Job Description: The New-York Historical Society is seeking an experienced archivist to process the Naval History Society Collection. The archivist on this grant will begin by surveying the fifty individual collections of the NHSC and consulting with the Chief Conservator regarding any preservation issues. The project archivist will then arrange, describe, and re-house the fifty distinct collections into acid-free materials. MARC records and finding aids will be created for the general collection as well as for select individual collections. The finding aids will then be marked up in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and placed online with other N-YHS finding aids.
Qualifications: M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited library school or M.A. with an archival concentration or archival management certificate. One to two years of archival processing experience. Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and the ability to work with people as well as independently. Experience using MARC format and Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Dedication to archival principles, practices, and ethics.
To Apply: Send cover letter, résumé and the names of three references by mail or fax (applications sent by e-mail will not be reviewed) to:
Jean Ashton
Vice President and Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Fax: (646) 293-9409
Please, no phone calls.

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