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Processing Assistant, Schlesinger Library - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, MA

Hours: 14 hours/week with weekly schedule to be determined. Flexible hours between Monday and Friday, 9-5.

Eligibility: This is a pre-professional position open to currently enrolled Simmons GLIS students.

Library: The Schlesinger Library draws thousands of researchers each year to study the history of women in America. The collection consists of manuscript collections of individuals, families, and organizations, with particular strengths in women's rights, suffrage, feminism, health and sexuality, social reform, and education. Some collections of note include Betty Friedan, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, June Jordan, Julia Child, Pauli Murray, and Judy Chicago, the National Organization for Women, and the recently acquired Angela Davis papers. In addition, the library's book and periodical collections cover the full range of research on women as well as writings by women. The library has a particularly strong culinary collection dating from the late 18th century to the present.

Location: Schlesinger Library, 3 James Street, Cambridge, MA. Radcliffe Yard, 2 blocks from Harvard Square. Radcliffe Yard is located between Brattle and Garden Streets in Cambridge.

Description: The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America has an opening for a Processing Assistant to support the processing activities of four archivists. Work includes preservation photocopying, creating inventories and EAD finding aids, re-foldering, completing basic preservation tasks, searching HOLLIS for printed material, writing blog posts, and other activities as needed. Work may also include cataloging audiovisual material and/or processing small collections or parts of collections.


  • Completion of LIS 438 and 440 or similar introductory archives coursework
  • Requires excellent focus and close attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment
  • Sensitivity to proper care and handling of special collections
  • Ability to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.


  • Interest in women's studies

Salary: $14.50/hour

Start date: Mid- September or October 2019

To Apply:
Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Amber L. Moore

Resume review will begin during first week of September.

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