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Volunteer in the Archives

Volunteer positions in the Archives include:

  • Archives Volunteer
  • Archives Aide
  • Administrative Assistant

To learn more about these positions and/or apply, please click "READ MORE" below.

 

 Archives Volunteer

  • Description: Archives Volunteers have the opportunity to read and preserve original historic documents, such as letters, court cases and business records. Our primary focus is to make these hidden treasures accessible to our researchers around the world.
  • Skills Required:Strong research, writing, organizational, computer and communication skills. Ability to work independently, as well as with staff in other departments and library patrons. Computer skills, including word-processing and data entry. Applicants must be able to use a step-ladder, move boxes on upper and lower shelves, and move boxes weighing 40 lbs.
  • Training/Education/Experience Required: Preference will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed a graduate-level program in archival management or a closely related field (usually an MLS, MLIS, or MA in public history), and undergraduate students who wish to pursue one of the above degrees. All other applicants must have previous experience working with archives and manuscript collections.
  • Payroll Status: Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Schedule: Weekday shifts, Tuesday-Friday between 10am and 4pm
  • Job Duties: Volunteer will be working with several collections.
    • Process each collection:
      • Organize the collection, if necessary.
      • Place items into acid-free folders. Label folders with the appropriate identifying information.
      • Create a finding aid to be posted on the website Write a brief biography or history to add to the finding aid, if approriate. Whenever possible, find information already prepared in the collection, online or in our research library.
      • OR enter the information into a database.
    • Write one blog entry for each project. These will be posted on our website in “Historically Speaking."
      • The first entry should be an introduction of the volunteer and a description of your overall project.
      • The entries may include interesting subject matter and scanned images from the collection.

 

Archives Aide

  • Description: An Archives Aide is responsible for retrieving items from the archives when they have been requested by a patron in the Research Library. Training will be provided by the archives staff. An Archives Aide may also assist with data entry, transcription or cataloging historic documents. Must be 18+.
  • Skills Required: Strong research, writing, organizational, computer and communication skills. Ability to work independently, as well as with staff in other departments and library patrons. Computer skills, including word-processing and data entry. Applicants must be able to use a step-ladder, move boxes on upper and lower shelves, and move boxes weighing 40 lbs.
  • Training/Education/Experience Required: Preference will be given to applicants who are actively pursuing a career in archives, libraries or museums, or have at least one year of experience working with archival collections.
  • Payroll Status: Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Schedule: Mid-day shifts from Wednesday to Friday

 

Administrative Assistant

    • Description: The Archives Administrative Assistant will support the Director of Archival Services by assisting with correspondence, filing, the creation and maintenance of a variety of documents, and a database project.
    • Skills Required: Strong organizational, computer, and oral and written communication skills. Attention to detail and problem-solving skills. Ability to work independently, as well as with staff and other volunteers. Proficiency in MS Office and experience with databases.
    • Training/Education/Experience Required: Must have previous experience as an administrative assistant or secretary.
    • Payroll Status: Volunteer (unpaid)
    • Schedule: Weekday shifts, Tuesday-Friday between 10am and 4pm
    • Job Duties:
      • Prepare and mail acknowledgement letters and deeds of gift
      • Assist in transferring data from MS Word documents into a museum database
      • Maintain a filing system
      • Assist in updating and maintaining policies and procedures

 

For additional questions: Please contact Heather Tennies, Director of Archival Services, at 717-392-4633 ex. 115 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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