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Archivist, Casey Papers Digitization Project, Historic New England, Boston, MA

Position: Project Archivist, Casey Digitization Project

Classification: Term-limited (18 months), Part-time, Non-exempt (24 hours/week)

Location: Otis House, Boston, Massachusetts


Description: This position works as part of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission-funded grant, coordinating Transforming Washington, D.C.: The Impact of Thomas Lincoln Casey and Edward Pearce Casey on the Nation's Capital, that will allow Historic New England to digitize and provide online access to the papers of Brigadier General Thomas Lincoln Casey (1831-1896) and his son, architect Edward Pearce Casey (1864-1940). The Casey documents include manuscripts, ephemera, photographs, architectural drawings, and scrapbooks related to the work of the Caseys on significant government buildings (approximately 37,500 pages). This position is benefit eligible including health, dental, and vacation benefits.


Responsibilities: Review the foldered documents in the Thomas Lincoln Casey and Edward Pearce Casey papers; barcode folders and containers for tracking purposes; conduct a conservation review of the materials, noting any special handling requirements. Oversee the move of the materials to and from storage to the photography studios; Ensure that the quality of the 37,500 digital images and the accuracy of the associated metadata adhere to standards set forth by Historic New England and the Society of American Archivists.  Coordinate the day-to-day project work schedule in consultation with the project manager; supervise volunteers.


Qualifications: ALA-accredited Master's degree in library and information science or similar degree from a recognized graduate program in archival studies and three years of related experience. Fully competent experience with computerized collections management systems, such as Minisis, ArchivesSpace, or Re: Discovery. Experience working on a large-scale digitization project. Experience processing archival and manuscript collections according to archival best practices. Experience using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and controlled vocabularies such as AAT, TGN, LCSH, and LCNAF. Excellent computer and data entry skills. Skilled use of Microsoft Office suite. High degree of attention to detail.

Ability to effectively manage time in order to meet project deadlines.


This employee must be able to operate effectively in a team environment, where communication within and among teams is essential to success.  Ability to interact and communicate with staff orally and in writing is essential.  This position is based at the Otis House, Boston, Massachusetts, with occasional travel to Haverhill facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts.


Submission: Applications will be accepted through January 8. Please send résumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to or mail to Historic New England, 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, MA 01832, Attn: Human Resources.


Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation.


Historic New England offers generous and comprehensive vacation, holiday, and health and wellness benefit packages.

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