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Photo Archivist & Manager of Digital Initiatives, Newport Historical Society, Newport, RI

The Newport Historical Society is seeking a full-time Photo Archivist & Manager of Digital Initiatives to manage the Society's photographic archives, digitization program, websites and digital projects. 



  • Manages the preservation, arrangement, and description of NHS' photographic archives
  • Assists the Research Archivist to provide access to photograph collections for researchers, fellows, and NHS staff
  • Manages all digitization and photographing of collections, including fulfillment of image requests from researchers and for internal projects, such as NHS' biannual Newport History journal
  • Manages digital initiatives, including facilitating creation of web-based projects and online exhibits, and overseeing their ongoing maintenance
  • Manages NHS blogs, websites, domains and hosting
  • Administers NHS' Collective Access collections database and its web-accessible front-end
  • Responsible for regular data exports to Newportal, a collaborative online collections database, and represents NHS at Newportal meetings
  • Serves as liaison to IT support contractors, assists in management and planning of technology infrastructure, and assists staff with basic IT troubleshooting
  • Sits on Collections Committee
  • Other duties as required in a small, active and team-run institution



  • M.A. in history, public history, library science or museum studies, or equivalent
  • Experience handling museum, archival and photographic collections
  • Experience working with a variety of web platforms including WordPress
  • Proficiency with basic office software including databases, Microsoft Office and Adobe applications
  • A high level of organizational skills
  • Experience with digital photography preferred but not required


Status: Full-time

Salary: $35,000 - $40,000 based on experience, plus benefits package


To Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to Ruth Taylor,


About NHS:

Founded in 1854, NHS is a multi-faceted history-based institution that has three general areas of activity. It retains and preserves significant collections of artifacts, documents and properties. It supports, generates and collates scholarship on the history of Newport County and its place in American history. And, it develops and delivers a variety of educational programs - exhibits, tours, conferences, publications and other formats - to transmit information and open dialogs with the public about history.


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