Digital Archivist (full-time)
Chicago, IL USA
September 30, 2019
The HistoryMakers seeks to hire a Digital Archivist to oversee the processing and maintenance of The HistoryMakers collection. The Digital Archivist will be responsible for the planning and implementation of preservation, cataloguing and records management systems for The HistoryMakers video collection, databases and paper records. The collection currently consists of 30,000 video assets, hundreds of thousands of files documenting the interview process, organizational records, special collections consisting of events, programs and education initiatives developed by The HistoryMakers as well as multiple FileMaker Pro databases documenting all of The HistoryMakers work.
The Digital Archivist will:
The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in African American or American history, library science with a concentration in archival management, or other related field. The candidate must have 2-4 years prior experience working in an archive or library with video/AV material resources.
The candidate will have:
Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The HistoryMakers also offers a competitive benefits package that includes 403(b), PTO, health, vision and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement and school loan repayment assistance.
The HistoryMakers, a 501(c) (3) national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of well-known and unsung African Americans. It is the largest video oral history archive of its kind, and the only massive attempt, since the WPA Slave Narratives of the 1930s, to record the African American experience by the first voice. In 2014, the Library of Congress became its permanent repository. The HistoryMakers Collection now numbers over 10,000 hours (3,100 interviews) of first person testimony recorded in over 413 cities and towns including international locations like Norway, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The earliest memory in the collection dates back to the 1700s.
To access The HistoryMakers Digital Archive, Go to: https://www.thehistorymakers.org/
Click “Sign Up/Login” at the top of the page and enter the below username and password –
Once logged in, hover over Explore The HistoryMakers Archives at the top left of the page and click The HistoryMakers Digital Archive.
For a look at our current projects, please visit: www.thehistorymakers.org.