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Librarian/Archivist, Dedham Historical Society & Museum, Dedham, MA


Dedham Historical Society & Museum, Dedham, MA

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The Dedham Historical Society & Museum (DHSM) seeks a part-time Archivist/Librarian to oversee, promote, and steward its important collections that reflect the history of one of the oldest and most historic communities in the nation.


Essential functions of the DHSM Librarian/Archivist Museum:

  • Care for the library and archives collections using current archival and records management best practices, maintaining the physical collection with an eye toward preservation and access.
  • Provide reference services to historical and genealogical researchers, in person or by phone, email, or mail.
  • Provide ideas and reference services for programs, publications, exhibits, reports, grants, etc.
  • Participate in and assist with school programs.
  • Use database programs to catalog materials for accessioning and to run reports (DHSM uses Past Perfect).
  • Preserve the collections through monitoring and housing in appropriate archival enclosures, boxes, and on shelving.
  • Make materials accessible by writing website finding aids.
  • Create monthly visitor reports for the board.
  • Appraise external library and archival materials for possible accession to the collection through gifts or purchase. Consider materials for deaccessioning.
  • Supervise and/or assists volunteers.
  • Report to and under the direction of the executive director.



  • Graduate degree in relevant field and/or ALA-accredited degree (MLS/MLIS or equivalent).  
  • Working knowledge of historic collections.
  • Experience in aiding researchers and undertaking research.
  • Knowledge of the principles of the care and handing of rare materials.
  • Strong organizational and communications skills.
  • Familiarity with collections databases.
  • Experience digitizing collections.
  • Familiarity with social media a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Dedham Historical Society & Museum


About the Archives and Library

The DHSM is an independent research facility. The archives and library collects, preserves, and provides access to genealogical records and materials related to the history of Dedham from the 1600s to the present. The library contains more than 10,000 volumes including standard and rare genealogical and historical reference materials. The archives includes extensive primary documents relating to Dedham families. Also included are Dedham related materials including Church and civil records from 1635; Newspapers from 1796; 18th-20th century maps; journals, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, motion pictures, glass negatives, postcards, and ephemera; social organizations; business collections including banks and turnpikes; early industries and patents; materials relating to local schools; and military collections with particularly strong material from the Civil War and World War II; etc. For more information on the archives and library, visit


About DHSM

The Dedham Historical Society & Museum was founded in 1859 for the purposes of collecting and preserving material related to the history of Dedham, MA, from the 1600s to the present. The DHSM works within the community and beyond to establish an appreciation for the town's history and place within the culture of the region, connecting the past to the present. Established in 1636, the original land grant extended 200 miles to the border of what is now Rhode Island, since sectioned into 16 towns. The DHSM holds an important collection of American fine and decorative arts relating to the town and early Massachusetts history, and a library and archives housing rare materials ranging from original documents from the town's founding, industries, military, maps, church and civil records, etc. Dedham is the seat of Norfolk County and home to many "firsts" in the nation. For more information about Dedham, visit The Dedham Historical Society & Museum is a charitable, educational institution, organized under Chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

About Dedham
In September of 1635, the Massachusetts General Court issued orders for the establishment of two inland towns, which could relieve the population pressures within the existing settlements along the Bay. The first of these towns was Concord; the second was Dedham (1636). Predominantly yeomen and middle-class people from Suffolk, Norfolk, and Essex, England, the Dedham pioneers found themselves in possession of something in excess of two hundred square miles, which extended to what is now the border of Rhode Island; 15 towns subsequently separated from the original community. Dedham is the seat of Norfolk County and home to many "firsts" in the nation. For more information about Dedham, visit

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