Thursday, April 10, 2008

Archivist Position in Montana

Dear USC Archivists - don't know if any of you are interested in going to Montana, but this is an interesting 1-year position.


Constance B. Schulz


Position Number: 51730075
Location: HELENA, MT
Job Status: Full Time Temporary
Salary: $29,093.00 to $32,617.00

Additional Salary Info: This position is funded for 1 year (12 months). May continue if future funding becomes available.


The Photograph Archivist works to ensure that negatives, prints, slides, and other historical photographic images are collected, preserved, and made available for current and future patrons. The Photograph Archivist reviews and assesses donated materials to determine their condition and historical value. Applies archival management theories and methods in determining how collections or images should be cataloged. This includes the physical preparation of materials for long-term preservation and care by arranging and housing them according to national photograph archives standards that are consistent with conditions and technology available within the agency. The Photograph Archivist identifies materials requiring supplemental preservation. Produces standardized cataloging in accordance with national library/archives standards for submission to the Montana Historical Society's online catalogs. Conducts complex historical research on and compiles histories of individuals, grou!

ps, institutions, or businesses to provide a context for newly processed collections or images. Applies archival theories to write descriptive inventories, indices, and other professionally approved reference materials in accordance with national and agency standards for the use of staff, researchers, and state employees. Helps to determine priorities of photograph collections or images for processing, based on knowledge of research needs, agency priorities, historical significance, and professional standards. This requires a sound knowledge of current and projected patrons' research needs, agency priorities, historical significance, and professional archival science and library cataloging standards for graphic materials.


A thorough knowledge of modern archival theory, standards, and practices and their implementation. This knowledge includes an understanding of appraisal methods, arrangement and description, cataloging, preservation, access and outreach. * Knowledge of current and historic photographic processes and their individual preservation requirements. * Sound knowledge of Montana and/or American history. * An understanding of historical research methods in both primary and secondary resources, including photographic research. * Ability to communicate both simple and complex ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, to people with various degrees of knowledge of archival theories and of historic research ability. * Thorough knowledge of electronic information systems and specialized technology related to archival cataloging and patron information retrieval systems, including MARC and EAD.


This position requires skills and abilities typically acquired through a Bachelor's degree in history, American studies, or a related field and the completion of a Master's degree in Library Science, history or a related field that includes an emphasis upon archival science.

Closing Date: 04/25/2008

Applications must be received by 5:00pm on the closing date.
Apply to your Local Montana Job Service Center

- OR -

PO Box 201201
HELENA, MT 59620-1201

Phone: (406)444--2697
Fax: (406) 444-2696

Application materials required initially for this position include the following:

Signed and completed State of Montana Employment Application (PD-25, Rev. 5/2003 or later). Portions of the application may be photocopied if legible (see application page 1 for instructions).

For additional information, please see the Montana State Job Listing at:

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