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Archival Field Fellowship, Roving Archivist Program, Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (state-wide)

The MA State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB)'s Roving Archivist Program seeks applicants for
a paid archival field fellowship. The SHRAB provides advocacy and guidance to help ensure the identification, preservation, and use of historical resources (public and private) throughout Massachusetts. To assist cultural heritage sites -- such as historical societies, public libraries, house museums, and town clerks -- the SHRAB's Roving Archivist Program offers advice on policies, arrangement and description of records, preservation planning and emergency preparedness. The Archival Field Fellows will work with the Roving Archivist Program at cultural heritage repositories throughout Massachusetts.

Fellowship Description:
The Archival Field Fellowships serve a twofold function:

  • to increase the amount of hands-on assistance the Roving Archivist Program can offer to Massachusetts cultural heritage repositories
  • to provide emerging archivists with professional mentorship.

The Field Fellowships pair repositories previously visited by the Roving Archivist with an Archival Field
Fellow trained in archival management to assist in implementing the recommendations laid out in the
Roving Archivist's Strategic Assessment and Program Review. The Field Fellows will work onsite
processing an archival collection and be supervised remotely by the Roving Archivist. In addition to
professional experience and mentorship, the Archival Field Fellow will receive a stipend of $1000 for
approximately 60 hours of work.

Requirements for Fellows:

  • Interested candidates must be enrolled at, or be a recent graduate from, a college or university at the graduate level pursing a degree in information and library science, archival management, history, public history, or a related field. (no academic credit is awarded to fellows)
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and standards.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Must arrange own transportation.
  • Availability to complete the field project within two months, working part-time or full-time.

Fellowship Outcomes:

  • Apply archival principles and standards to arrange, rehouse, and describe an archival collection.
  • Work with the repository to share the collection finding aid online.
  • Write a blog post about the field site and processing project for the MA SHRAB blog.
  • Submit a brief summary of the archival field fellowship to the SHRAB.

How to Apply:

  • Submit the following to with the subject line "Roving Archivist Archival Field Fellowship:"
    • resume
    • One-page letter of interest including an indication of preferred geographic area of the state for field placement as well as an estimate on the months/days-of- week/hours-per-week available.
    • Letter of recommendation from a professor or program director who can speak to the applicant's knowledge of and/or experience in archival studies, or from an archives employer/internship supervisor.
  • Applications deadline: July 10, 2019.
  • The MA SHRAB will match the Archival Field Fellow with a repository that has received a Strategic Assessment from the Roving Archivist Program.

For more information see the SHRAB blog or email

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