SLIS Jobline


Temporary Manuscript Processor - Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA

The Manuscript Processor will process collections of HLS faculty papers and make them available for research using minimal (light) processing guidelines developed by the Harvard Library's Joint Processing Guidelines Working Group. The Manuscript Processor will work to make HLS modern manuscript collections open for research.  Following guidelines developed by the Harvard Library's Joint Processing Guidelines Working Group, the processor will assist in establishing collection level control of recently acquired faculty papers, as well as legacy collections. This is a part-time temporary non-benefited position, 14 hours per week through June 2019, with the possibility for an extension contingent upon continued funding.


Typical Duties

  • Under the guidance of the Curator of Modern Manuscripts in the Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections unit, the Manuscript Processor will process collections to either an "unprocessed B" or "Level I" standard as described in the Joint Processing Guidelines.
  • Develop policies and procedures to adopt ArchivesSpace in processing workflows such as accessioning, creating a finding aid, etc.
  • Develop and maintain collection processing metrics, which will be used to plan large-scale application of minimal processing workflows to legacy collections.
  • Staff the Reading Room desk 2-4 hours per week.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Experience and Education


  • Manuscript processing experience
  • Demonstrated familiarity with ArchivesSpace
  • Familiar with MS Office environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds; load, transport, and unload library materials on a cart; use a stepladder to shelve and retrieve manuscript boxes; operate hand-cranked compact shelving. Some materials may be dusty or moldy.


Strongly Preferred

  • MLS with Archives concentration completed or in progress
  • Experience working in a library special collections environment
  • Experience handling special collections materials


Schedule: Flexible between the days/hours of Monday - Friday 9:30 am to 5 pm. Tuesday/Thursday availability strongly preferred. The term of the position runs through June 2019, with the possibility of an extension. 


Salary: $22/hour. No benefits.


To apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to Edwin Moloy, Curator of Modern Manuscripts,


Professional Job Listings in New England